Heat transfer biofluids: A novel approach towards weed management

Meher Wan, Rashmi Parashar, Neeraj Kumar, R. R. Yadav, Rajiv Prakash, Jane Catherine Ngila, Vyom Parashar

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Adding product value to the invasive weeds may prove to be an effective way for weed management. In this study, we used Lantana camara L and Parthenium hysterophorus weeds as model systems to investigate as heat transfer biofluids for their potential application in heat transfer industries. We also compared the thermal conductivity results of these two weeds based biofluids with various nanofluids. The thermal conductivity enhancement in L. camara L is much higher than that in P. hysterophorus. The thermal conductivity of L. camara L and P. hysterophorus biofluids was found to be higher than that of various nanoparticles based nanofluids. These observations suggest that weeds can be utilized as coolants for heat transfer industries leading to an advantageous reduction in the overall consumption of water used in various industries. Moreover, this value addition will provide an economically-optimal new outlook for weed management strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-495
Number of pages4
JournalEcological Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • Heat transfer fluids
  • Lantana camara
  • Nanofluids
  • Parthenium Hysterophorus
  • Weed control
  • Weed invasion
  • Weed management
  • Weed species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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