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Viscous Dissipation and Soret Effects on Non-Darcy Mixed Convective Flow Considering Nanofluids

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P. K. Kameswaran, P. Sibanda

University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

A. S. N. Murti

GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, AP, India

Paper No. IMECE2013-62131, pp. V08CT09A007; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8C: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5636-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


We investigate the steady boundary layer mixed convective flow over a horizontal impermeable wall embedded in a porous medium filled with a water-based nanofluid. The model used for the nanofluid incorporates the effects of the volume fraction parameter. The main objective of the present study is to investigate viscous dissipation and Soret effects on heat and mass transfer in a nanofluid containing Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles. The temperature and concentrations at the wall were kept constant. A similarity transformation was used to obtain a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The resulting nonlinear governing equations with associated boundary conditions were solved numerically using the Matlab bvp4c solver. The effects of viscous dissipation and the Soret parameter on dimensionless temperature, concentration, heat and mass transfer are presented graphically. It was observed that the heat transfer rate decreased with an increase in nanoparticle volume fraction. Comparison of current and previously published results (Lai and Kulaki [10], Arfin et al. [12]) showed a good agreement.

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