Skip to main content

Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Laser-Ablated Carbon Plume Propagation in Varying Background Gases for Single-Walled Nanotube Synthesis

Buy Article:

$113.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

A computational fluid dynamics study was conducted to model the plume resulting from the laser ablation of a carbon target in a laser ablation oven for the production of carbon single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs). The goal is to gain understanding into the fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of the plume to ultimately improve SWNT production techniques. The simulations were carried out with a 12-species, 14-reaction chemistry model that included carbon species from C to C6. Metal catalysts in the carbon target were ignored for these simulations. Simulation times ranged from immediate ablation onset to 8 ms past the initial onset of ablation. A secondary goal of the study was to compare computational results with experimental results for three different background gases in the laser ablation oven—argon, helium, and nitrogen. Computational results indicated that lighter carbon species were more quickly diffused into the background gas for helium and nitrogen, resulting in lower localized mass fractions of carbon nanotube "feedstock." The expectation is that this effect will reduce the production of carbon nanotubes, which has been confirmed by experimental evidence. From this investigation, a possible "indicator species" for the production of SWNT appears to be C5.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-04-01

More about this publication?
  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more