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Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 146263, 8 pages
Magnetohydrodynamics and Radiation Effects on Unsteady Convection Flow of Micropolar Fluid Past a Vertical Porous Plate with Variable Wall Heat Flux
Department of Mathematics, Acharya Nagarjuna University Ongole Campus, Ongole 523 001, AP, India
Received 28 March 2012; Accepted 19 April 2012
Academic Editors: J. K. Brennan, A. Ghoufi, and H. Hirao
Copyright © 2012 M. Gnaneswara Reddy. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
An analysis is presented for the problem of the unsteady two-dimensional laminar flow of a viscous incompressible micropolar fluid past a vertical porous plate in the presence of a transverse magnetic field and thermal radiation with variable heat flux. The free stream velocity follows an exponentially increasing or decreasing small perturbation law. A uniform magnetic field acts perpendicularly to the porous surface in which it absorbs the micropolar fluid with a suction velocity varying with time. The Rosseland approximation is used to describe radiative heat transfer in the limit of optically thick fluids. The effects of flow parameters and thermophysical properties on the flow temperature fields across the boundary layer are investigated. The method of solution can be applied for small perturbation approximation. Numerical results of velocity profiles of micropolar fluids are compared with the corresponding flow problems for a Newtonian fluid. Also, the results of the skin-friction coefficient and the couple stress coefficient at the wall are prepared with various values of the fluid properties.
The classical Navier-Stokes theory does not describe adequately the flow properties of polymeric fluids, colloidal suspensions, and fluids containing certain additives. Eringen  proposed the theory of micropolar fluids which shows microrotation effects as well as microinertia. The theory of thermomicropolar fluids was developed by Eringen  by extending his theory of micropolar fluid. Physically, they represent fluids consisting of randomly oriented particles suspended in a viscous medium. The flow characteristics of the boundary layer of micropolar fluid over a semi-infinite plate in different situations have been studied by many authors in (Ahmadi , Peddieson and McNitt , Takhar and Soundagekhar , and Gorla ). The study of the flow and heat transfer for a micropolar fluid past porous plate embedded in a porous medium has attracted the interest of many investigators in view of its applications in many engineering problems such as oil exploration, chemical catalytic reactors, thermal insulation, and geothermal energy extractions (Raptis ). Sharma and Gupta  considered thermal convection in micropolar fluids in porous medium. Kim  presented an analysis of an unsteady convection flow of a micropolar fluid past a vertical porous plate embedded in a porous medium.
The study of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) plays an important role in agriculture, engineering, and petroleum industries. The problem of free convection under the influence of a magnetic field has attracted the interest of many researchers in view of its applications in geophysics and astrophysics. In addition, this type of flow has attracted the interest of many investigators in view of its applications in many engineering problems such as MHD generators, plasma studies, nuclear reactors, and geothermal energy extractions. Kim  studied unsteady MHD convection flow of polar fluids past a semi-infinite vertical-moving porous plate in a porous medium. Soundalgekar  obtained approximate solutions for the two-dimensional flow of an incompressible, viscous fluid past an infinite porous vertical plate with constant suction velocity normal to the plate, the difference between the temperature of the plate and the free stream is moderately large causing the free convection currents. Raptis  studied mathematically the case of unsteady two-dimensional natural convective heat transfer of an incompressible, electrically conducting viscous fluid via a highly porous medium bound by an infinite vertical porous plate. El-Hakiem et al.  studied the effect of viscous and Joule heating on MHD-free convection flow with variable plate temperature in a micropolar fluid in the presence of uniform transverse magnetic field using the Kellerbox implicit scheme. Rahman and Sattar  analyzed magnetohydrodynamic convective flow of a micropolar fluid past a continuously moving vertical porous plate in the presence of heat generation/absorption.
In the context of space technology and in the processes involving high temperatures, the effects of radiation are of vital importance. Recent developments in hypersonic flights, missile reentry, rocket combustion chambers, power plants for interplanetary flight, and gas-cooled nuclear reactors, have focused attention on thermal radiation as a mode of energy transfer and emphasized the need for improved understanding of radiative transfer in these processes. Raptis  studied the flow of a micropolar fluid past a continuous moving plate by the presence of radiation. Abo-Eldahab and Ghonaim  analyzed the radiation effects on heat transfer of a micropolar fluid through a porous medium. Kim and Fedorov  considered the case of mixed convection flow of a micropolar fluid past a semi-infinite moving vertical porous plate with varying suction velocity normal to the plate in the presence of radiation.
The purpose of this work is to study radiation effects on unsteady Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) mixed convection flow of micropolar fluid with variable heat flux has received a little attention. We also consider the free stream to consist of a mean velocity over which is superimposed an exponentially varying with time. The effects of various governing parameters on the velocity, microrotation and temperature, skin-friction coefficient, and the wall couple stress coefficient are shown in figures and table and discussed in detail.
2. Mathematical Analysis
An unsteady two-dimensional mixed convection flow of a laminar incompressible micropolar fluid past a vertical porous plate in the presence of a transverse magnetic field and thermal radiation with variable heat flux is considered. The -axis is taken along the vertical porous plate in an upward direction and -axis is taken normal to the plate. The acceleration of gravity is in a direction opposite to -coordinate. The transversely applied magnetic field and magnetic Reynolds number are very small and hence the induced magnetic field is negligible. Viscous and Darcy resistance terms are taken into account as the constant permeability porous medium. It is also assumed here that the size of holes in the porous plate is significantly larger than a characteristic microscopic length scale of the micropolar fluid to simplify formulation of the boundary conditions. Due to the assumption of infinite plate, the flow variables are functions of and the time only. It is also assumed that the free stream to consist of a mean velocity and temperature over which are superimposed an exponentially varying with time. Under the usual Boussenesq’s approximation, the equation of continuity, linear momentum, microrotation, and energy can be written as
linear momentum equation:
angular momentum equation:
energy equation: The third term on the right-hand side of the momentum equation (2) denotes thermal buoyancy effect.
By using the Rosseland approximation, Brewster , the radiative heat flux in the direction is given by where is the Stefan-Boltzmann constant and is the mean absorption coefficient, respectively.
It should be noted that by Rosseland approximation, we limit our analysis to optically thick fluids. If the temperature differences within the flow are sufficiently small, then (4) can be linearized by expanding into the Taylor series about and neglecting higher terms to take the form: It is assumed that the porous plate moves with constant velocity in the longitudinal direction, and the free steam velocity follows an exponentially increasing or decreasing small perturbation law. It is also assumed that the plate temperature and suction velocity vary exponentially with time.
Under these assumptions, the appropriate boundary conditions for the velocity, microrotation, temperature, and concentration fields are where is a real positive constant and is a small parameter such that , is the free stream dimensional temperature, is constant, is small less than unity and is a scale of free steam velocity. The boundary condition for microrotation variable describes its relationship with the surface stress.
It is clear from (1) that the suction velocity normal to the plate is either a constant or a function of time. Hence it is assumed in the form: where is a real constant, and are small less than unity, and is the scale of suction velocity which is a nonzero positive constant. The negative sign indicates that the suction is towards the plate. Outside the boundary layer, (2) gives In order to write the governing equations and the boundary conditions dimensionless form, the following nondimensional quantities are introduced Furthermore, the spin-gradient viscosity , which gives some relationship between the coefficients of viscosity and microinertia, is defined as In view of (5), (6) and (9)–(13), the governing equations (2)–(4) reduce to the following nondimensional form: where .
The boundary conditions (7) are then given by the following dimensionless equations:
3. Solution of the Problem
In order to reduce the above system of partial differential equations to a system of ordinary differential equations in dimensionless form, we perform an asymptotic analysis by representing the linear velocity, microrotation, and temperature in the neighborhood of the porous plate as Substituting (16) into (14), and equating the harmonic and nonharmonic terms, and neglecting the higher-order terms of O(), we obtain the following pairs of equations for and : In the above equations, prime indicates differentiation with respect to only.
By virtue of (16), we obtain the velocity, microrotation, and temperature profiles as follows: Knowing the velocity field in the boundary layer, we can calculate the skin-friction coefficient at the porous plate, which in the nondimensional form is given by Knowing the microrotation in the boundary layer, we can calculate the couple stress coefficient at the porous plate, which in the nondimensional form is given by
4. Results and Discussion
The formulation of the problem that accounts for the effects of MHD and radiation on flow of an incompressible, micropolar fluid along a vertical porous plate has been carried out in the preceding sections. This enables us to carry out the numerical computations for the velocity, microrotation, and temperature for various values of the flow and material parameters. In the present study the following default parameter values are adopted for computations: , , , , , , , , , , and . All graphs therefore correspond to these values unless specifically indicated on the appropriate graph. Also, the boundary condition for is replaced by where is a sufficiently large value of where the velocity profile approaches the relevant free stream velocity. We choose and a step size .
The effect of viscosity ratio on the translational velocity and microrotation profiles across the boundary layer are presented in Figure 1. It is noteworthy that the velocity distribution is greater for a Newtonian fluid () with given parameters, as compared with micropolar fluids until its peak value reaches. The translational velocity shows a decelerating nature near the porous plate as -parameter increases, and then decays to the relevant free stream velocity. In addition, the magnitude of microrotation at the wall is decreased as -parameter increases. However, the distributions of microrotation across the boundary layer do not show consistent variations with increment of -parameter.
The translational velocity and the microrotation profiles against spanwise coordinate for different values of Grashof number are described in Figure 2. The thermal Grashof number signifies the relative effect of the thermal buoyancy force to the viscous hydrodynamic force. It is observed that an increase in leads to a rise in the values of velocity, but decreases due to microrotation. Here the positive values of corresponds to a cooling of the surface by natural convection. In addition, the curves show that the peak value of velocity increases rapidly near the wall of the porous plate as increases, and then decays to the free stream velocity.
For different values of the magnetic field parameter , the translational velocity and microrotation profiles are plotted in Figure 3. It is obvious that the effect of increasing values of -parameter results in a decreasing velocity distribution across the boundary layer. The results also show that the magnitude of microrotation on the porous plate is decreased as -parameter increases.
For various values of the permeability parameter , the profiles of the translational velocity and the microrotation across the boundary layer are shown in Figure 4. Clearly as increases, although the corresponding profiles of the microrotation is difficult to show clearly due to very little variation, the translational velocity and the microrotation profiles tend to increase.
Figure 5 shows the translational velocity and the temperature profiles across the boundary layer for different values of Prandtl number . The Prandtl number defines the ratio of momentum diffusivity to thermal diffusivity. The results show the effect of increasing values on decreasing the translational velocity at the wall and then approach to the free stream boundary layer conditions. Typical variations of the temperature profiles along the spanwise coordinate are shown Figure 5(b) for different values of Prandtl number . The results show that an increase of Prandtl number results in decreasing the thermal boundary layer thickness and more uniform temperature distribution across the boundary layer. The reason is that smaller values of Pr are equivalent to increasing the thermal conductivities, and therefore heat is able to diffuse away from the heated surface more rapidly than for higher values of . Hence, the boundary layer is thicker and rate of heat transfer is reduced, as gradients have been reduced.
For various values of the radiation parameter , the velocity and temperature profiles are plotted in Figure 6. It is obvious that an increase in the radiation parameter results in decreasing velocity and temperature within the boundary layer, as well as a decreased thickness of the velocity and temperature boundary layers. This is because the large -values correspond to an increased dominance of conduction over radiation thereby decreasing buoyancy force (thus, vertical velocity) and thickness of the thermal and momentum boundary layers.
Numerical values for functions proportional to shear stress and wall couple stress are given in Table 1. It is noted that both the skin-friction coefficient and the wall couple stress coefficient decreases as increases. From Table 1, it is noticed that as increases, the skin friction and wall couple stress coefficient increases. It is obvious that an increase in the magnetic field parameter or the radiation parameter reduces the skin friction and wall couple stress coefficient.
An analysis is presented for the problem of unsteady two-dimensional laminar flow of a viscous incompressible micropolar fluid past a vertical porous plate in the presence of a transverse magnetic field and thermal radiation with variable heat flux. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the details of the MHD convective radiative flow and heat transfer characteristics and their dependence on the fluid properties and flow conditions. We may conclude that the translational velocity across the boundary layer and the magnitude of microrotation at the wall are decreased with increasing values of and . Also, the translational velocity across the boundary layer and temperature at the wall are decreased with increasing values of , , and , while they show opposite trends with increasing values of .
The exponential indices in (19) are defined by and the coefficients are given by
|Suction velocity parameter|
|Magnetic flux density|
|Real positive constant|
|Couple stress coefficient|
|Specific heat at constant pressure|
|Acceleration due to gravity|
|Thermal Grashof number|
|Microinertia per unit mass|
|Magnetic field parameter|
|Dimensionless exponential index|
|The radiation heat flux|
|Components of velocities along and perpendicular to the plate|
|Scale of free stream velocity|
|Scale of suction velocity|
|Distances of along and perpendicular to the plate.|
|Fluid thermal diffusivity|
|Ratio of vertex viscosity and dynamic viscosity|
|Coefficient of volumetric expansion of the working fluid|
|Spin gradient viscosity|
|Scalar constant (≪1)|
|Coefficient of vertex (microrotation) viscosity|
|Fluid dynamic viscosity|
|Fluid kinematic viscosity|
|Fluid dynamic rotational viscosity|
|Angular velocity vector.|
|Free steam condition.|
|Differentiation with respect to|
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