Simulation study of anomalous thermal properties of molten nitrate salt

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We performed Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations to study the mechanism of the specific heat enhancement in nitrate salt based nanofluids. 26.6% enhancement of specific heat capacity was observed by introducing nanoparticles into the salt system. Our simulations showed that the nanoparticles caused a layering effect in the adjacent region of the liquid molten salt. Hence we attribute the enhancement in the specific heat capacity of molten salts with the addition of nanoparticles to a previously undiscovered structural arrangement of salt atoms around the nanoparticles.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-664
JournalPowder Technology
Early online date16 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Atomic layers, Nanomaterials, Nanostructure, Specific heat capacity

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