Experimental investigation on the use of reduced graphene oxide and its hybrid complexes in improving closed conduit turbulent forced convective heat transfer

Zubir, M.N.M. and Badarudin, A. and Kazi, S.N. and Huang, N.M. and Misran, M. and Sadeghinezhad, E. and Mehrali, M. and Syuhada, N.I. and Gharehkhani, S. (2015) Experimental investigation on the use of reduced graphene oxide and its hybrid complexes in improving closed conduit turbulent forced convective heat transfer. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 66. pp. 290-303. ISSN 0894-1777, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2015.03.022.

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The present research highlighted on the use of Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO) and its hybrid complexes in an effort to improve the convective heat transfer performance in closed conduit configuration. The RGO was synthesized via the reduction process of chemically exfoliated Graphene Oxide (GO) using Tannic Acid (TA) as reductant. Different amount of pristine carbon sources (i.e. Multiwall Carbon Nanotube (MWCNT), Carbon Nanofiber (CNF) and Graphene nanoPlatelets (GnP)) was allowed to interact with RGO to form a hybrid complexes aiming to explore the capability of the mixtures to promote heat transfer process. It was discovered that the trend of results appeared to coincide to the previous documented findings on heat transfer enhancement related to the addition of graphene based materials. Further, the enhancement of heat transfer coefficient was beyond the increase in thermal conductivity alone which suggested prominent contribution from both the particle and turbulent induced flow characteristics. The enhancement was more pronounced at the entrance of the heating section as well as at high Reynolds number (Re), paving opportunities for further investigation to gain in-depth understanding on the mechanisms involved. As high as 144% enhancement in Nu was recorded near the conduit entrance and about 63% at the downstream section. Studies on hydrodynamic parameters indicated negligible increase in pressure loss as well as friction factor for RGO and its hybrid mixtures, indicating the potential use of RGO as favorable additives in addressing the persistent limitation of conventional heat transfer liquid within the perspective of convective heat transport system.

Item Type: Article
Funders: High Impact Research (MOHE-HIR) grant UM.C/625/1/HIR/MOHE/ENG/46 and IPPP grant PV113/2011A
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graphene oxide; Reduced graphene oxide; Hybrid complexes; Convective heat transfer; Nanofluid; Tannic acid
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 09:23
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 09:23
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/19264

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