Nanoparticle melting as a Stefan moving boundary problem

Wu, Bisheng, Tillman, Pei, McCue, Scott W., & Hill, James M. (2009) Nanoparticle melting as a Stefan moving boundary problem. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 9(2), pp. 885-888.

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The melting of spherical nanoparticles is considered from the perspective of heat flow in a pure material and as a moving boundary (Stefan) problem. The dependence of the melting temperature on both the size of the particle and the interfacial tension is described by the Gibbs-Thomson effect, and the resulting two-phase model is solved numerically using a front-fixing method. Results show that interfacial tension increases the speed of the melting process, and furthermore, the temperature distribution within the solid core of the particle exhibits behaviour that is qualitatively different to that predicted by the classical models without interfacial tension.

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ID Code: 29863
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Nanoparticle melting, Variable melting point, Stefan problem
DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2009.C046
ISSN: 1533-4880
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (010207)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 American Scientific Publishers
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2010 22:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:08

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