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Shalini Jain, Shweta Bohra, "Radiation Effects in Flow through Porous Medium over a Rotating Disk with Variable Fluid Properties", Advances in Mathematical Physics, vol. 2016, Article ID 9671513, 12 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/9671513
Radiation Effects in Flow through Porous Medium over a Rotating Disk with Variable Fluid Properties
Abstract
The present study investigates the radiation effects in flow through porous medium over a permeable rotating disk with velocity slip and temperature jump. Fluid properties density , viscosity , and thermal conductivity are taken to be dependent on temperature. Particular case considering these fluid properties’ constant is also discussed. The governing partial differential equations are converted into nonlinear normal differential equation using similarity alterations. Transformed system of equations is solved numerically by using RungeKutta method with shooting technique. Effects of various parameters such as porosity parameter , suction parameter , rotational Reynolds number Re, Knudsen number Kn, Prandtl number Pr, radiation parameter , and relative temperature difference parameter on velocity profiles along radial, tangential, and axial direction and temperature distribution are investigated for both variable fluid properties and constant fluid properties. Results obtained are analyzed and depicted through graphs and table.
1. Introduction
The study of rotating disk flows of electrically conducting fluids has practical applications in many areas, such as rotating machinery, lubrication, computer storage devices, oceanography, viscometry, and crystal growth processes. In 1921, Kármán [1] was the first to investigate fluid flow due to a rotating disk. He introduced similarity transformations to transform governing partial differential equations into ordinary differential equations. Further Cochran [2], Benton [3], and Turkyilmazoglu [4] extended the work [1] and investigated flow and heat transfer under different boundary conditions. Chauhan and Gupta [5] investigated steady flow and heat transfer between two stationary naturally permeable disks. Heat transfer from a rotating disk by convection has been investigated theoretically under different physical and thermal conditions by Wagner [6], Millsaps and Pohlhausen [7], Kreith and Taylor [8], H.T. Lin and L.K. Lin [9], and Verma and Chauhan [10]. Chauhan and Jain [11] studied flow between rotating disks; they considered highly permeable disk. Turkyilmazoglu [12, 13] investigated flow and heat transfer of nanofluid due to rotating disk and on a radially shrinking rotating disk in the presence of a uniform vertical magnetic field, respectively. The unsteady magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) squeezing flow between two parallel disks (which is filled with nanofluid) is considered by Azimi and Riazi [14]; they have used Galerkin optimal homotopy asymptotic method (GOHAM) to solve the problem. Several researchers [15–17] have also investigated unsteady fluid flow and heat transfer over permeable rotating disk, rotating porous disk, and infinite rotating disk under different boundary conditions.
Radiative effects have several applications in physics and engineering field. Radiative heat transfer phenomena are used in nuclear reactors, power generation system, and high temperature plasma on controlling heating factor in industries and in liquid metal fluids. Several researchers investigated the effects of radiation on convective flows. Mansour [18] and Hossain et al. [19] studied the effect of radiation on free convection of fluid from a vertical plate and porous vertical plate, respectively. Raptis and Perdikis [20] investigated the MHD free convection flow in the presence of thermal radiation. The investigation of the effect of radiation on mixed convection flow of an optically dense viscous incompressible fluid along a heated vertical flat plate with uniform free stream and uniform surface temperature has been done by Hossain and Takhar [21]. A. Devi and R. U. Devi [22] studied thermal radiation effect on MHD flow over a rotating infinite nonporous disk. She also investigated porous rotating disk with Hall effect.
In recent years, the slip flow regime has been widely studied and researchers have been concentrating on the analysis of microscale in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) associated with the embodiment of velocity slip and temperature jump. Wang [23] examined the flow due to a stretching boundary with partial slip—an exact solution of the NavierStokes equations. Osalusi [24] studied the combined hydromagnetic and slip flow of a steady, laminar conducting viscous fluid in the presence of thermal radiation due to an impulsively started rotating porous disk with the variable fluid properties. Khidir [25] investigated the effects of viscous dissipation and ohmic heating on steady MHD convective flow due to porous rotating disk taking into account the variable fluid properties. Sparrow et al. [26] considered the fluid flow due to the rotation of a porous surfaced disk and employed a set of linear slip flow conditions. He observed that a substantial reduction in torque occurred as a result of surface slip. Rashidi and Freidooni Mehr [27] investigated effects of velocity slip and temperature jump on the flow over a porous rotating disk. The combined effects of temperature and velocity jump on the heat transfer, fluid flow, and entropy generation over a single rotating disk have been examined by Arikoglu et al. [28]. Hayat et al. [29] investigated MHD steady flow of viscous nanofluid due to a rotating disk with partial slip.
In most of the research, the fluid properties such as density (ρ), viscosity (), and thermal conductivity (κ) are assumed to be constant. However, these properties remain unaltered if and only if temperature remains the same or does not change rapidly. Therefore, to predict flow behavior accurately, it is essential to consider variable fluid properties. Zakerullah and Ackroyd [30] analyzed the laminar natural convection boundary layer flow on a horizontal circular disk with variable properties. Herwig [31] and Herwig and Klemp [32] have extended the work [30]. They have investigated effects of variable properties in a tube and concentric annuli, respectively, at constant heat flux. Further, Maleque and Sattar [33, 34] have investigated laminar convective flow, taking into account the variable properties, due to a porous rotating disk. They solved the problems numerically using RungeKutta method with shooting technique. This work was extended by Osalusi and Sibanda [35]. They have studied flow in the presence of magnetic field. Rahman [36] made a study on the slip flow with variable properties due to a porous rotating disk.
Rashidi et al. [37] obtained analytical solutions flow and heat transfer over a rotating disk in porous medium. Hussain et al. [38] obtained numerical solution of a disk rotating in a viscous fluid. Rashidi et al. [39, 40] analyzed entropy generation in a MHD flow over a rotating porous disk with variable physical properties. They have also investigated fluid flow over a permeable rotating disk in the presence of Soret and Dufour effect. Alam et al. [41] investigated thermophoretic deposition of micron sized particles on flow due to rotating disk.
The main goal of the present study is to investigate radiation effects in the steady flow over a rotating permeable disk in porous medium with velocity slip and temperature jump. To predict the flow behavior accurately variable thermophysical properties are taken into consideration. To the best of the author’s knowledge, radiation effects of flow over rotating disk with velocity and temperature slip with variable thermal properties have not been studied yet. The novelty of present paper is to investigate flow and heat transfer for variable fluid properties with velocity slip and temperature jump, taken into consideration. Also, combined effects for both variable and constant fluid properties for various physical parameters on flow and heat transfer have been obtained and depicted graphically, which gives more insight about fluid flow (Figure 1).
2. Mathematical Formulation
Consider a steady slip flow due to permeable rotating disk through porous medium. Assume disk of radius is rotating with constant angular velocity and placed at in cylindrical polar coordinates , where and are the radial and tangential axis, respectively, and is the vertical axis.
Let , , and be the components of the fluid velocity in the direction of , , and , respectively. and are the pressure and temperature of the fluid. The surface of the rotating disk is considered at a uniform temperature . Pressure and temperature for ambient fluid are and .
Following [34, 35, 42], the fluid properties viscosity (), thermal conductivity (), and the density () are taken as functions of temperature:where , , and are arbitrary exponents and , , and are the uniform viscosity, thermal conductivity, and density of the fluid. Assume , , and (ideal gas) are the values of exponents for present investigation.
The governing equations of continuity, momentum, and energy for laminar incompressible flow in cylindrical coordinates are [35]where is the permeability of porous medium, is the specific heat at constant pressure, and is the radiative heat flux.
Subjected to the boundary conditions [27]where is the tangential momentum accommodation coefficient, is the energy accommodation coefficient, is mean free path, is the ratio of specific heats, and is the temperature of the fluid near to the disk surface.
Rosseland approximation has been used for radiation, , where is the StefanBoltzmann constant and is the mean absorption coefficient. It is assumed that the temperature differences within the flow are sufficiently small so that the term may be expressed as a linear function of temperature. This is done by expanding in a Taylor series about and omitting the second and higherorder terms leads to The nondimensional form of the governing equations (2)–(6) is obtained by vonKármán exact selfsimilar solution of the NS equation:where is uniform kinematic viscosity and , , , , and are nondimensional functions in terms of vertical coordinate . Substituting (10) in (2)–(6), we get the system of following ordinary differential equations:subject to boundary conditionswhere , , and are the porosity parameter, Prandtl number, and radiation parameter, respectively. is the relative temperature difference parameter; it is positive for a heated surface, negative for a cooled surface and zero for the case of constant property.
is the Knudsen number; it is the ratio of mean free path of fluid particle diameter. For slip condition value ranges from 0.001 to 0.1. For Kn < 0.001 no slip boundary conditions are valid; therefore velocity at the surface is zero. For high Knudsen number, high order continuum equation (Burnett equations) should be used [43]. For present investigation slip regime of Knudsen number which lies in the range 0.001 < Kn < 0.1 has been considered.
is the rotational Reynolds number; for laminar flow the value of the local Reynolds number is 1.8 × 10^{5} [44–46]. For transition flow the local Reynolds number values lie between 1.8 × 10^{5} and 3.6 × 10^{5} and for values higher than 3.6 × 10^{5}, the flow becomes turbulent. In this study the laminar flow for local Reynolds number that lies in the range 0 < Re < 10000 has been considered.
, is the slip factor depending on rotational Reynolds number and Knudsen number and may vary from 0 to 12.
, is the temperature jump factor, varying from 0 to 12.
is the suction parameter, which has been taken as less than zero because suction of fluid is taking place.
The values of tangential momentum accommodation number (), energy accommodation coefficient (), and the specific heat ratio () for air are considered as 0.9, 0.9, and 1.4, respectively, Karniadakis et al. [47].
3. Solution
The nonlinear coupled ordinary differential equations (11) with the boundary conditions (12) have been solved numerically applying fourthorder RungeKutta scheme together with shooting method.
The given boundary value problem is reduced to the following system of initial value problem:Subject to boundary conditions (12) can be rewritten as
Particular Case. Assume fluid properties as constant.
From (1), we haveTaking = 0, (constant).
Similarly at , and .
Substitution of in (2)–(4) and (6), system of equations is as follows:Equations (16) under the boundary condition (12) are transformed into the following system of initial value problems:The boundary conditions transformed as follows:Here , and are the initial guesses when fluid properties are variable and , and are the initial guesses when fluid properties are constant. The essence of present numerical method is to reduce the boundary value problem (BVP) into an initial value problem (IVP). Further, shooting technique is used to guess , and until the boundary conditions are satisfied. A number of iterations of RungeKutta fourthorder method has been performed to obtain final values of these guesses. Initial guesses for different set of parameters are displayed in Table 1.

In this problem, the physical quantities of interest are local skin friction coefficients and the Nusselt number, which represents the wall shear stress and the rate of heat transfer, respectively. When variable fluid properties are taken into consideration, the fluid near to the disk opposes rotation of the disk, due to presence of tangential shear stress. Therefore, to maintain a steady rotation, it is essential to have torque at the shaft. The skin frictions along radial direction and along tangential direction, at no slip condition, are given aswhere is linear velocity of disk,and the Nusselt number Nu is given aswhere radial shear stress and tangential shear stress are defined asand using Fourier’s law for rate of heat transfer is defined asSubstituting (22) and (23) in (21), the radial and tangential skin frictions coefficients and Nusselt number are, respectively, given aswhere is rotational Reynolds number.
Thus (24) shows that the radial and tangential skin frictions coefficients are proportional to and , respectively, and Nusselt number is proportional to .
4. Result and Discussion
In this investigation Figures 2–6 show the effect of various values of the physical parameters on the velocity (radial, tangential, and axial) and temperature distribution. Results obtained, for both constant fluid property and variable fluid property, have been presented graphically.
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Figures 2(a)–2(d) show the effect of porosity parameter on all velocity components and temperature distribution. It is observed that radial, tangential, and axial velocity decreases but temperature increases by increasing the permeability for both cases. Whereas variation in porosity parameter has less effect on the temperature distribution radial velocity attains a maximum value close to the disk surface. When we reduce the present problem into the literature available by taking permeability parameter and radiation parameter , then the result obtained is exactly similar to that of the Rashidi and Freidooni Mehr [27] and Freidoonimehr et al. [40]. This validates the results obtained for present investigation.
Figures 3(a)–3(d) depict the effect of suction parameter on the radial, tangential, axial, and temperature distribution, respectively. Figures 3(a)–3(c) show that all velocity components decrease as suction increases. Physical significance is that as suction increases, adherence of the fluid with the wall increases and as a result boundary layer thickness decreases.
Figure 3(d) depicts the effect of suction parameter on temperature profile. It is observed that as suction increases temperature of fluid decreases, because suction cools the boundary layer regime; therefore suction is used for cooling the flow in several engineering processes including MHD power generators and nuclear energy processes.
The effect of Reynolds number Re and Knudsen number Kn on velocity and temperature distribution is plotted in Figures 4 and 5, respectively. Both the parameters are showing the same effects on slip boundary conditions. It is observed that the increasing values of the Reynolds and Knudsen numbers decrease the fluid velocity components and temperature distribution. The case when value of Kn lies between 0.001 and 0.1 corresponds to slip at the surface of the disk. As slip increases the quantity of the fluid that can stick on the disk decreases. Therefore circumferential velocity of the fluid reduces and causes reduction in centrifugal force. As a result inward axial velocity decreases. In other words, as slip gets stronger, flow of fluid drawn or pushed away along the velocity directions decreases the heat generation.
Figure 6 shows the effect of Prandtl number on temperature profile. As Prandtl number increases the thermal boundary layer thickness decreases. Physical significance is that Prandtl number precludes dispersal of heat in the fluid.
Figure 7 depicts the variation of temperature profile with radiation. It is observed that as radiation increases temperature of the fluid increases. Also radiation parameter increases temperature gradient near the surface of the disk.
Figure 8 demonstrates the comparison of both constant and fluid properties on flow over a rotating disk with slip and temperature jump. The radial velocity achieves a maximum value near to the surface of the disk for all values of . It is also noted that an increment in relative temperature difference parameter causes shifting of maximum point from the disk. The velocity along the tangential direction increases as value of relative temperature difference parameter increases whereas the velocity along axial direction decreases. Temperature increases as the value of relative temperature difference parameter increases. These results are similar to that obtained by Rashidi et al. [39].
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Table 1 illustrates the effect of the parameters , , Kn, Re, Pr, and on constant suction parameter on the numerical values of () and (). We observe that numerical value of and decreases with the increasing value of Kn, Re, and radiation parameter .
Tables 2 and 3 depict the comparison of skin friction coefficients and rate of heat transfer between the results obtained in the present investigation and the literature available [33, 48, 49]. It is observed that results obtained in present study are very well in agreement with the existing results.

5. Conclusions
In this study, we have investigated radiation effect on velocity profile for all components and temperature profile through rotating disk in porous medium for variable fluid properties and in particular case for constant fluid properties also. By similarity transformation governing equations transformed into nonlinear ordinary differential equations which are solved numerically by using RungeKutta method with shooting technique. Based on the resulting solutions the following conclusions can be drawn:(i)The radial, tangential, and axial velocity profiles decrease while the temperature increases with the increasing values of porosity parameter.(ii)The increasing value of Reynolds and Knudsen number decreases the fluid velocity components and temperature and suction parameter also shows the same effect.(iii)For the effect of the radiation parameter on the temperature distribution, it is seen that the temperature distribution decreases with the increasing values of radiation parameter and also it has been observed that the radial and tangential skin friction values decrease with increase in the radiation parameter.
Competing Interests
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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