Communication: Minimum in the thermal conductivity of supercooled water: A computer simulation study

F Bresme and JW Biddle and JV Sengers and MA Anisimov, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 140, 161104 (2014).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4873167

We report the results of a computer simulation study of the thermodynamic properties and the thermal conductivity of supercooled water as a function of pressure and temperature using the TIP4P-2005 water model. The thermodynamic properties can be represented by a two- structure equation of state consistent with the presence of a liquid- liquid critical point in the supercooled region. Our simulations confirm the presence of a minimum in the thermal conductivity, not only at atmospheric pressure, as previously found for the TIP5P water model, but also at elevated pressures. This anomalous behavior of the thermal conductivity of supercooled water appears to be related to the maximum of the isothermal compressibility or the minimum of the speed of sound. However, the magnitudes of the simulated thermal conductivities are sensitive to the water model adopted and appear to be significantly larger than the experimental thermal conductivities of real water at low temperatures. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

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