Research Papers: Porous Media

Natural Convection in a Wavy Porous Cavity With Sinusoidal Temperature Distributions on Both Side Walls Filled With a Nanofluid: Buongiorno's Mathematical Model

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M. A. Sheremet

Department of Theoretical Mechanics,
Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics,
Tomsk State University,
Tomsk 634050, Russia
Institute of Power Engineering,
Tomsk Polytechnic University,
Tomsk 634050, Russia
e-mail: michael-sher@yandex.ru

I. Pop

Department of Applied Mathematics,
Babeş-Bolyai University,
CP 253, Cluj-Napoca 400082, Romania
e-mail: popm.ioan@yahoo.co.uk

Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received July 3, 2014; final manuscript received January 28, 2015; published online March 24, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Terry Simon.

J. Heat Transfer 137(7), 072601 (Jul 01, 2015) (8 pages) Paper No: HT-14-1436; doi: 10.1115/1.4029816 History: Received July 03, 2014; Revised January 28, 2015; Online March 24, 2015

A numerical study of the natural convection flow in a porous cavity with wavy bottom and top walls having sinusoidal temperature distributions on vertical walls filled with a nanofluid is numerically investigated. The mathematical model has been formulated in dimensionless stream function and temperature taking into account the Darcy–Boussinesq approximation and the Buongiorno's nanofluid model. The boundary-value problem has been solved numerically on the basis of a second-order accurate finite difference method. Efforts have been focused on the effects of five types of influential factors such as the Rayleigh (Ra = 10–300) and Lewis (Le = 1–1000) numbers, the buoyancy-ratio parameter (Nr = 0.1–0.4), the Brownian motion parameter (Nb = 0.1–0.4), and the thermophoresis parameter (Nt = 0.1–0.4) on the fluid flow and heat transfer characteristics. It has been found that the average Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are increasing functions of the Rayleigh number, buoyancy- ratio parameter, and thermophoresis parameter, and decreasing functions of the Lewis number and Brownian motion parameter.

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Fig. 1

Physical model and coordinate system

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Fig. 2

Streamlines ψ, isotherms θ, and isoconcentrations ϕ for Le = 100, Nr = Nb = Nt = 0.1: Ra = 10 − a, Ra = 100 − b, Ra = 300 − c

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Fig. 3

Variation of the average Nusselt number at left vertical wall with the Rayleigh number and dimensionless time for Le = 100, Nr = Nb = Nt = 0.1

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Fig. 4

Streamlines ψ, isotherms θ, and isoconcentrations ϕ for Ra = 100, Nr = Nb = Nt = 0.1: Le = 1 − a, Le = 1000 − b

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Fig. 5

Variation of the average Nusselt number at left vertical wall with the Lewis number and dimensionless time for Ra = 100, Nr = Nb = Nt = 0.1




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