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Ferrofluid and nanofluid heat transfer

Ferrofluid and nanofluid heat transfer

Cooling is a crucial aspect of electronics design, all the way from high-power industrial applications to personal computers. We investigate and develop ways of creating more efficient and reliable cooling systems, using magnetic nanofluids (ferrofluids).

This not only takes advantage of the beneficial thermophysical properties of all nanofluids, but also the phenomenon of thermomagnetic pumping in ferrofluids. We develop and implement models for such heat transfer systems, in order to assess potential and optimize for specific applications.

Methods:

  • Development and implementation of simulation models for thermomagnetically pumped ferrofluid cooling systems.
  • Optimization of cooling system and ferrofluid composition.
  • Modelling combines expertise from diverse fields such as electromagnetism, nanotechnology, statistical mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and numerical methods.
  • Models utilize our unique expertise on the connection between flow phenomena and multi-phase thermodynamics, to enable the simulation of the two-phase flow of a wide array of real world fluids.


Typical projects may involve:

  • Assessing the potential benefit of ferrofluid cooling for the customer's specific application.
  • Optimizing the ferrofluid cooling system for the customer's specific application.
  • Developing customized simulation tools

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Karl Yngve Lervåg

Research Scientist
Name
Karl Yngve Lervåg
Title
Research Scientist
Phone
924 24 917
Department
Gas Technology
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Energi AS

Halvor Lund

Research Manager
Name
Halvor Lund
Title
Research Manager
Phone
988 37 513
Department
Gas Technology
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Energi AS