Applied Physics A

, Volume 108, Issue 3, pp 537–544 | Cite as

Investigation of the characteristics of heat current in a nanofluid based on molecular dynamics simulation



Molecular dynamics simulation of nanofluid system composed of argon liquid and copper nanoparticle was carried out in this paper. To ensure the interatomic force gradually decreases to zero at the cut-off distance, Stoddard and Ford potential function was employed. Green–Kubo method was used to obtain the thermal conductivity. The characteristics of the heat current were measured by its mean value, variance, third moment, and the Shannon entropy. It was found that the thermal conductivity increases as the nanoparticle volume fraction increases, and so do the variance and the Shannon entropy of the heat current. The third moment of the heat current was almost zero, indicating that the probability distribution of the heat current is nearly symmetric about its mean value. Autocorrelation and partial autocorrelation functions of the heat current were used to investigate the correlation between the discrete heat current value and different lags.


Shannon Entropy Base Fluid Copper Nanoparticle Heat Transfer Performance Argon Atom 



Support for this work by the Office of Naval Research Grant No. N00014-06-1-1119 and National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET-1066917 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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