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A computational model for predicting the mass transport in a CVD reactor for carbon nanotube synthesis
Author(s): K. Raji; C. B. Sobhan
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Paper Abstract

The Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process is the simplest and cheapest method among various synthesis techniques for Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). The work reported here develops a mathematical model to represent CNT synthesis through catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) with acetylene as the carbon source and iron oxide as the catalyst. The spatial concentration distribution of amorphous carbon (which produces the carbon nanotubes) is obtained by solving the system of governing equations for the momentum, energy and mass transport during CNT formation, using COMSOL Software. The temperature and velocity distributions in the reactor were also obtained from the analysis. The results obtained from the analysis are useful for the optimal design of the CVD furnace.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8793, Fourth International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 87931N (9 August 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2026661
Show Author Affiliations
K. Raji, National Institute of Technology Calicut (India)
C. B. Sobhan, National Institute of Technology Calicut (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8793:
Fourth International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering
Jayantha A. Epaarachchi; Alan Kin-tak Lau; Jinsong Leng, Editor(s)

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