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Thermally developing combined electroosmotic and pressure-driven flow of nanofluids in a microchannel under the effect of magnetic field

Ganguly, Suvankar and Sarkar, Sandip and Hota, Tapan Kumar and Mishra, Manoranjan (2015) Thermally developing combined electroosmotic and pressure-driven flow of nanofluids in a microchannel under the effect of magnetic field. In: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 126 . pp. 10-21.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.ces.2014.11.060


In the present study, the heat transfer characteristics of thermally developing magnetohydroclynamic flow of nanofluid through microchannel are delineated by following a semi analytical approach. The combined influences of pressure driven flow, electroosmotic transport and magnetic field is taken into account for the analysis of the complex microscale thermal transport processes. Solutions for the normalized temperature distributions and the Nusselt number variations, considering the simultaneous interplay of electrokinetic effects (electroosmosis), magnetic effects, Joule heating and viscous dissipation are obtained, for constant wall temperature condition. Particular attention is paid to assess the role of nanolluids in altering the transport phenomena, through variations in the effective nanoparticle volume fractions, as well as the aggregate structure of the particulate phases. It is observed that magnetohydrodynamic effect reduces advective transport of the liquid resulting in gradual reduction of heat transfer. Increase in nanoparticle volume fraction shows decrease in heat transfer. Similar effects are observed with increase in aggregate sizes of the nanoparticles. The effect of the nanofluids on system irreversibility is also studied through entropy generation analysis due to flow and heat transfer in the microchannel. Total entropy generation is found to be dominant at the thermally developing region of the microchannel, whereas it drops sharply at the thermally developed region. Presence of nanoparticles in the base fluid reduces the total entropy generation in the microchannel, thereby indicating decrease in thermodynamic irreversibility with increasing nanoparticle volume fraction. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 12:14
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 12:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51076

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