The purpose of this paper is to analyze the thermal, hydraulic and entropy generation characteristics for the magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) pressure-driven flow of Al2O3-water nanofluid through an asymmetric wavy channel.
Galerkin finite element method is used to solve the governing transport equations numerically within the computational domain using the appropriate boundary conditions. The temperature and flow fields are computed by varying Reynolds number (Re), Hartmann number (Ha) and nano-particle volume fraction (ϕ) in the following range: 10 ≤ Re ≤ 500, 0 ≤ Ha ≤ 75 and 0 ≤ ϕ ≤ 5%.
The formation of the recirculation zones in the wavy passages, the size of it and the strength of the vortices formed can be modulated by the application of the magnetic field. The overall heat transfer rate increases with Ha for all ϕ both for a lower and higher regime of Re although the enhancement is more for lower values of Re and nanofluids as compared to base fluid and for intermediate values of Re, the effect of a magnetic field is almost insignificant. The magnetic performance factor (PFmagnetic) decreases with Ha although the rate of decrement varies with Re. The increase ϕ also enhances PFmagnetic especially at lower and higher values of Re. The addition of nano-particle enhances the entropy generation at lower values of the Re, while the opposite effect is seen for higher values of Re.
The present study has enormous practical relevance for the design of heat exchanger applied for solar collectors, process plants, textile and aerospace applications.
The combined effects on the heat transfer rate and the associated pressure drop penalty due to the applied magnetic field for the flow of nanofluid through an asymmetric wavy channel have not been reported to date. The effect of the magnetic field on the formation of recirculation zones and hot spot intensity in the asymmetric wavy channel has been examined in detail. The PFmagnetic is investigated first time for the MHD nanofluid flow through a wavy channel.
Mehta, S.K. and Pati, S. (2021), "Thermo-hydraulic and entropy generation analysis for magnetohydrodynamic pressure driven flow of nanofluid through an asymmetric wavy channel", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 1190-1213. https://doi.org/10.1108/HFF-05-2020-0300
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