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PREDICTION OF THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF A MODEL NANOFLUID VIA MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS

Hasan Babaei
Auburn University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 270 Ross Hall Auburn, Alabama 36849-5341, USA

Jay M. Khodadadi
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1418 Wiggins Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5341, USA

Abstract

In this paper, molecular dynamics simulation has been utilized to predict the thermal conductivity of an argon-copper (Ar-Cu) model nanofluid. Effects of the mass fraction, particle size and initial arrangement of the nano-particles on thermal conductivity have been studied.

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