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Rama Subba Reddy Gorla, "Second Law Analysis of Mixed Convection in a Laminar, Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow through a Vertical Channel", International Scholarly Research Notices, vol. 2011, Article ID 287691, 13 pages, 2011. https://doi.org/10.5402/2011/287691
Second Law Analysis of Mixed Convection in a Laminar, Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow through a Vertical Channel
The fully developed mixed convection of non-Newtonian laminar flow through a vertical channel is investigated. The boundary conditions of uniform and unequal temperature prescribed at the channel walls are considered. The velocity and temperature fields are obtained by analytically solving the momentum and energy balance equations. The velocity and temperature distributions are used to calculate the entropy generation number (), the irreversibility ratio (Φ), and the Bejan number (Be) for several values of the viscous dissipation parameter (), the viscosity index (), and the appropriate dimensionless coordinates. The results show us the regions of high entropy generation.
The study of second law analysis of a laminar non-Newtonian, power-law fluid flowing between two heated plates has many significant applications in thermal engineering and industries. The heat transfer of non-Newtonian fluids in ducts is a subject which has received much attention in the last decades. The interest in this field is due, for instance, to many industrial applications which involve polymeric materials. Starting from petroleum industry to various heat exchanger systems, this type of geometry can be observed. Meanwhile, the improvement in thermal systems as well as energy utilization during the convection in any fluid is one of the fundamental problems of the engineering processes, since improved thermal systems will provide better material processing, energy conservation, and environmental effects. One of the methods used for predicting the performance of the engineering processes is the second law analysis. The second law of thermodynamics is applied to investigate the irreversibility in terms of the entropy generation rate. Since the entropy generation is a measure of the destruction of the available work of the system, the determination of conditions which cause the entropy generation and then improve upon it is important in upgrading the system performances. This method was introduced by Bejan [1, 2] and followed by many other investigators.
The most important results on internal flow convection of power law fluids have been outlined in several papers by Cho and Hartnett , who considered circular geometry, and Hartnett and Kostic , who considered rectangular geometry.
Jones and Ingham  and Ingham and Jones  studied the entrance region of combined forced and free flow in a vertical parallel-plate channel. The authors employ a finite difference method based on fully implicit scheme. This numerical method allows a direct determination of the stream function, velocity, and temperature distributions. Symmetric boundary conditions are considered. Uniform wall temperature or linearly varying wall temperatures boundary conditions are prescribed.
The analysis of entropy generation rate in a circular duct with imposed heat flux at the wall and its extension to determine the optimum Reynolds number as a function of the Prandtl number were presented by Bejan [1, 2]. Sahin  performed the second law analysis on a viscous fluid in a circular duct with isothermal boundary conditions. In another paper, Sahin  presented the effect of variable viscosities on the entropy generation rate for the heated circular duct. A comparative study of the entropy generation rate inside ducts of different shapes and the determination of the optimum duct shape subjected to the isothermal boundary condition were performed by Sahin . Mahmud and Fraser [9, 10] applied the second law analysis to forced convective heat transfer problems and to a non-Newtonian fluid flow through channel made of two parallel plates.
Entropy generation is closely associated with thermodynamic irreversibility, which is encountered in all practical heat transfer processes. Different sources are responsible for entropy generation such as the heat transfer in the presence of temperature difference and the viscous dissipation. Fluid flow inside a channel made of two parallel plates is one of the topics attracting great interest in thermal engineering as they appear in many industrial applications.
2. Mathematical Formulation and Analysis
Consider two parallel heated plates with a fully developed non-Newtonian, power-law, flowing fluid between them. Figure 1 shows the flow model.
2.1. Velocity and Temperature Distribution
Let us consider the laminar steady flow of a power-law fluid in a vertical channel. Both channel walls are assumed to be isothermal, one with temperature and the other with temperature , ( ). The flow model and coordinate system are shown in Figure 1. In this figure, is the half-width and is the gravitational acceleration. The buoyancy effect is taken into account according to the Boussinesq approximation. The latter is accomplished by employing the equation of state where is temperature, is the mass density, is the thermal expansion coefficient, is the mass density at , and is the mean temperature in a channel section, that is, Let us denote by and the -component and the -component of the velocity field, respectively. The mass balance implies that the velocity field is solenoidal, while the conditions of fully developed flow imply that Therefore one can conclude that depends only on and that is zero. On account of the Ostwald-de Waele constitutive equation, the components where is the consistency factor and is the inverse of the power-law index. The case corresponds to dilatant fluid behavior, while the case occurs for pseudo plastic fluids.
Let us assume that the thermophysical properties of the fluid and the thermal conductivity are independent of temperature. Then, (2.4) implies that depends only on . The momentum balance along -direction yields , where is the difference between the pressure and the hydrostatic pressure. The momentum balance along the -direction can be written as By deriving both sides of (2.5) with respect to , one obtains By integrating both sides of (2.6) with respect to in the interval and by employing (2.2), one is led to the following conclusion: As a consequence of (2.7), one infers that is a constant.
Since the channel walls are isothermal and since (2.7) implies that does not depend on , one can deduce that is zero; that is, depends only on . Therefore the energy balance equation yields The analysis presented by Barletta  has been used to compute the entropy generation terms, and therefore a summary of his analysis is shown below.
Equation (2.4) can be easily inverted to obtain , namely, On account of no-slip boundary condition for velocity field, (2.9) allows one to obtain the expression Let us choose a reference velocity as follows: where is the hydraulic diameter. If one defines the dimensionless quantities, Equations (2.5), (2.8), and (2.9) can be written in the dimensionless form: The boundary conditions for the dimensionless fields can be expressed as A further constrain on is induced by (2.2), namely, Equations (2.2)–(2.17) determine uniquely the functions and the parameter , provided that the inverse of the power-law index and the parameter are prescribed. On account of (2.13), the integration of both sides of (2.15) with respect to in the interval yields the following constrain on : Equation (2.14) implies that is a linear function of . Then, the boundary conditions expressed by (2.27) and the additional constraint given by (2.17) yield On account of (2.1) and (2.12), can be expressed as where is an integration constant which can be determined by employing the constraint given by (2.19). Therefore, is the solution of the equation On account of (2.15), (2.16), and (2.21), the dimensionless velocity can be evaluated as On account of (2.15) and (2.21), On account of (2.20), Since , the entropy generation rate equation becomes In the previous equation, the superscript indicates per unit volume. Writing the entropy generation in nondimensional form by defining the entropy number , Using (2.24), (2.25), and (2.27), where is a dimensionless number.
2.2. Irreversibility Ratio
In convection problems, both fluid friction and the heat transfer contribute to the rate of entropy generation. In order to assess which one among the fluid friction and heat transfer dominates, a criterion known as irreversibility ratio is defined by the following equation.
Irreversibility ratio is the ratio of the entropy generation due to the fluid friction to the total entropy generation due to heat transfer.
is irreversibility due to fluid friction/irreversibility due to heat transfer
2.3. The Bejan Number
Bejan number is the ratio of heat transfer irreversibility to the total irreversibility due to heat transfer and fluid friction.
Be is irreversibility due to heat transfer/total irreversibility
3. Results and Discussion
The previous mathematical analysis is valid for the second law analysis of a laminar non-Newtonian, power-law fluid flowing between two parallel heated plates. The velocity and temperature distributions are used to calculate the entropy generation number, irreversibility ratio, and the Bejan number for the case of a laminar, non-Newtonian, power-law fluid. These are presented graphically for various values of the viscosity index (), the viscous dissipation parameter (), and the dimensionless axial distance ().
3.1. Viscous Dissipation Parameter ()
The viscous dissipation parameter () is defined as the product of the Brinkman number and the inverse of dimensionless temperature difference.
We have the following:(i)the Brinkman number ,(ii)Dimensionless temperature difference ,(iii)Viscous dissipation parameter ,
The viscous dissipation parameter is an important dimensionless number for the irreversibility analysis. It determines the relative importance of the viscous effects for the entropy generation.
3.2. Entropy Generation Number
The spatial distribution of the entropy generation number is plotted in Figures 2, 3, and 4 where = entropy generation number, is = entropy generation due to the fluid friction, and = is entropy generation due to heat transfer.
Therefore, We note that the entropy generation rate is highest at the isothermal walls and gradually decreases as we move towards the center of the channel. This is because the rate of change of velocity () is highest at the channel walls and decreases as we move towards the center.
The entropy generation number increases as the viscous dissipation parameter () increases because an increased viscous dissipation parameter increases the entropy generation due to fluid friction.
The entropy generation number increases as the viscosity index () increases because the more the viscousity the fluid, the higher the entropy generation rate due to fluid friction which eventually increases the entropy generation number.
3.3. Irreversibility Ratio
In Figures: 5, 6, and 7 irreversibility ratio is plotted as a function of the transverse distance for different values of the viscous dissipation parameter () and viscosity index () The irreversibility ratio is highest at the channel walls and decreases as we move towards the center.
Irreversibility ratio increases as the viscous dissipation parameter () and the viscosity index () increase.
3.4. The Bejan Number (Be)
The Bejan number is the ratio of irreversibility due to heat transfer to the total irreversibility due to heat transfer and fluid friction
The Bejan number is highest at the center of the channel and decreases as we move towards the channel walls on either direction.
The Bejan number decreases as the viscous dissipation parameter () and the viscosity index () increase.
4. Concluding Remarks
This paper presents the application of the second law of thermodynamics to mixed convection in a laminar, non-Newtonian, power-law fluid flowing between two parallel isothermal vertical plates. The velocity and the temperature profiles are obtained analytically and used to compute the entropy generation number, irreversibility ratio, and the Bejan number for several values of the viscous dissipation parameter (), the viscosity index (), and the dimensionless axial distance (). The numerical results show that the nondimensional entropy number is least at the center of the channel and increases in the transverse direction on either side owing to an increased velocity gradient near the walls. The entropy generation number increases with increase in the viscosity index and increase in the viscous dissipation parameter ().
Irreversibility ratio is highest at the channel walls and decreases as we move towards the center. Irreversibility ratio increases as the viscous dissipation parameter () and the viscosity index () increase.
The Bejan number is least at the channel walls and increases in the transverse direction as we move towards the center. The numerical results show that the Bejan number decreases as the viscous dissipation parameter () and the viscosity index () increase.
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