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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 11762
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Observation of fluid layering and reverse motion in double-walled carbon nanotubes
1.  K. Yaghmaei
2.  Hashem Rafii Tabar
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Current App. Phys.
  No.:  6
  Vol.:  9
  Year:  2009
  Pages:   12
  Publisher(s):   Elsevier B.V.
  Supported by:  IPM
Most modelling-based research in the field of carbon nanotube-related nano-fluidics has been concerned with the fluid flow in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), showing that the dynamics of the channel affect the structure and behaviour of the fluid. We have extended this work by modelling the flow of Ar in a double-walled carbon nanotube, and have modelled the flow in both the inner shell and the outer annular region of such a nanotube. We have found that the flows in these channels are strongly correlated, such that the fluid moves in opposite directions in these two regions. This phenomenon can give rise to a circulatory motion which can be exploited in nano-fluidic devices. Fluid layering phenomenon, that is usually associated with the flow of fluids in nano-scale channels, is also observed. Furthermore, we have also found that the fluid velocity in dynamic channels is smaller than in static channels, in line with the findings reported for single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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