By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- Fresh data on Nanostructures are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Columbia, Missouri, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation is carried out to investigate the normal and explosive boiling of thin film adsorbed on a metal substrate whose surface is structured by an array of nanoscale spherical particles. The molecular system is comprised of the liquid and vapor argon as well as a copper wall."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Missouri, "The nanostructures have spherical shape with uniform diameters while the thickness of liquid film is constant. The effects of transvers and longitudinal distances as well as the diameter of nanoparticles are analyzed. The simulation is started from an initial configuration for three phases (liquid argon, vapor argon and solid wall); after equilibrating the system at 90 K, the wall is heated suddenly to a higher temperature that is well beyond the critical temperature of argon. Two different superheat degrees are selected: a moderately high temperature of 170 K for normal evaporation and much higher temperature 290 K for explosive boiling. By monitoring the space and time dependences of temperature and density as well as net evaporation rate, the normal and explosive boiling process on a flat surface with and without nanostructures are investigated. The results show that the nanostructure has significant effect on evaporation/boiling of thin film. The degrees of superheat and size of nanoparticles have significant effects on the trajectories of particles and net evaporation rate."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "For the cases with nanostructure, liquid responds very quickly and the number of evaporation molecules increases with increasing the size of particles from 1 to 2 nm while it decreases for d - 3 nm."
For more information on this research see: Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Normal and Explosive Boiling on Nanostructured Surface. Journal of Heat Transfer-Transactions of the ASME, 2013;135(12):55-62. Journal of Heat Transfer-Transactions of the ASME can be contacted at: Asme, Two Park Ave, New York, NY 10016-5990, USA.
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H.R. Seyf, University of Missouri, Dept. of Mech & Aerosp Engn, Columbia, MO 65211, United States. Additional authors for this research include Y.W. Zhang and J.C. Dowell.
Keywords for this news article include: Physics, Columbia, Missouri, Nanoparticle, United States, Nanostructural, Nanostructures, Nanotechnology, Molecular Dynamics, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America
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