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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 6159–6171

Radiative properties of dense nanofluids

Wei Wei, Andrei G. Fedorov, Zhongyang Luo, and Mingjiang Ni  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 25, pp. 6159-6171 (2012)

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The radiative properties of dense nanofluids are investigated. For nanofluids, scattering and absorbing of electromagnetic waves by nanoparticles, as well as light absorption by the matrix/fluid in which the nanoparticles are suspended, should be considered. We compare five models for predicting apparent radiative properties of nanoparticulate media and evaluate their applicability. Using spectral absorption and scattering coefficients predicted by different models, we compute the apparent transmittance of a nanofluid layer, including multiple reflecting interfaces bounding the layer, and compare the model predictions with experimental results from the literature. Finally, we propose a new method to calculate the spectral radiative properties of dense nanofluids that shows quantitatively good agreement with the experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(260.2710) Physical optics : Inhomogeneous optical media

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Original Manuscript: May 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2012
Published: August 29, 2012

Wei Wei, Andrei G. Fedorov, Zhongyang Luo, and Mingjiang Ni, "Radiative properties of dense nanofluids," Appl. Opt. 51, 6159-6171 (2012)

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