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Rajesh Kumar, Devendra Kumar, R. K. Shrivastav, "Thermal Diffusion and Mass Transfer Effects on MHD Flow of a Dusty Gas through Porous Medium", International Scholarly Research Notices, vol. 2012, Article ID 568278, 9 pages, 2012. https://doi.org/10.5402/2012/568278
Thermal Diffusion and Mass Transfer Effects on MHD Flow of a Dusty Gas through Porous Medium
The present problem is concerned with the thermal diffusion mass transfer effects on MHD free convective flow of dusty gas through a porous medium induced by the motion of a semi-infinite flat plate moving with velocity decreasing “exponentially with time”. The effects of various parameters like magnetic parameter M thermal diffusion effect as soret number S1, permeability parameter K1, Schimdt number Sc are taken into account. The velocity profile, temperature field, and concentration of incompressible dusty gas and dust particles for several parameters are discussed numerically and explained graphically.
The thermal diffusion (commonly known as soret effect) for instance, has been utilized for isotope separation, and in mixtures between gases with very light-molecular-weight [H2, He] and the medium-molecular-weight [N2, air] the diffusion thermoeffect was found to be of a magnitude such that it cannot be neglected, Eckert and Darke . In view of the importance of this diffusion thermoeffect, recently Basant Kumar and Singh  studied the free convection and mass transfer flow in an infinite vertical plate moving impulsively in its own plane, taking into account the soret effect.
The problems of fluid mechanics involving gas particles mixture arise in many processes of practical importance. One of the earliest problems is that of the heat and mass transfer in the mist-flow region of a boiler tube. The liquid rocket is another example, usually the oxidizer vaporizes much more rapidly that the fuel spray and combustion occurs. Heterogeneously around each droplet, the length of the combustion chamber and the stability of the flow of acoustic or shock waves are practical two-phase flow problems. The study of the flow of dusty gases, which has gained increased attention recently has wide applications in environmental sciences; one finds in the literature an amazing number of derivations of equations for the flow of a gas particle mixture. The equations have been developed by the several authors for various special problem. Under various assumptions a few derivations primarily for the gas particle mixture are listed here, Saffman , Marble , and Soo . Using the formulation of Saffman  several authors have given exact solutions of various dusty gas problems, Michael and Norey , Rao  Verma and Mathur , Singh , Rukmangadachari , and Mitra  Studied the problem of circular cylinders under various condition. Gupta  considered the unsteady flow of a dusty gas in a channel whose cross-section is an annular sector regarding the plate problems. Liu , Michael and Miller , Liu , and Vimal  studied the problems of infinite flat plate under various conditions. Mitra  has studied the flow of a dusty gas induced by the motion of a semi-infinite flat plate moving with velocity decreasing exponentially with time. Singh  has studied MHD flow of a dusty gas through a porous medium induced by the motion or a semi-infinite flat plate moving with velocity decreasing exponentially with time. Singh and Gupta  have discussed MHD free convective flow of a dusty gas through a porous medium induced by the motion of a semi-infinite flat plate moving with velocity decreasing exponentially with time. Recently, Singh and Varshney have seen the mass transfer effects on study of Singh and Gupta. In the present section, we are considering the problem of Singh and Varshney  taking thermal diffusion into account under the same conditions taken by Singh and Vaershney.
2. Mathematical Formulation of the Problem and Its Solution
We assume the dusty gas to be confined in the space and the flow is produced by the motion of the semi-infinite flat plate moving with velocity in direction, -axis taken along the plate and -axis to be measured normal to it. Since the plate is semi-infinite, all the physical quantities will be functions of and only. According to Saffman  the equation of motion of the dusty gas and the dust particles along the -axis are, respectively, given by where and denote the velocity of gas and dust particles, respectively, is the kinemetic coefficient of viscosity of the gas, is the stokes resistance coefficient, is the number density of the dust particles which is taken to be constant, is the density of the gas, is the mass of dust particle, is the thermal conductivity, is the specific heat at the constant pressure, is the molecular diffusivity, and is the thermal diffusivity.
Applying the magnetic field, porous medium, free convection, mass transfer, and thermal diffusion along the -axis the equation of motion (2.1) reduces to where
The boundary conditions are
Let the nondimensionals introduced be
On applying nondimensionals the dimensionless forms of (2.5), (2.2), (2.3), and (2.4) are, respectively, where is the mass of concentration of dust particles, is the magnetic parameter, volumetric expansion parameter, is the mass expansion parameter, is the Schmidt number, is the prandtl number, is the permeability parameter, and is the thermal diffusion parameter as soret number
The boundary condition (2.7) is reduced to
Using the solution the boundary condition (2.14),
From (2.22), we get where .
From (2.23) where .
By the boundary condition (2.19) the solution of (2.25) is obtained as Then from (2.15) we get the velocity of dusty gas as Real part of is given by Using (2.16), (2.21), and (2.28) the real part of velocity of dust particle is obtained as Using (2.26) temperature distribution is given by
Real part of
Using (2.27), concentration is given by
Real part of is given by
3. Results and Discussion
From the solid and dotted graphs of Figure 1 it is clear that velocity for dusty gas decrease with the increasing values of and increases with the increasing values of . And for the increasing values of keeping , , , constant the velocity of dusty gas increases as well as the velocity of dust particles decreases. Increasing values of increases the velocity of dusty gas as well as the velocity of dust particles. From the solid and dotted graphs of Figure 2 it is noted that the temperature profile decreases and concentration profile increases when time is increases. From the solid and dotted graphs of Figure 3 it is noted that the temperature profile decreases and the concentration profile increases as thermal diffusion parameter as soret number increases at , , , , .
The velocity profile for dusty gas is tabulated in Table 1 and plotted in Figure 1 having solid graphs 1 to 3 for and dotted graphs 4 to 6 at and , , , , and different values of , , , and are as in Table 4.
We conclude our study on thermal diffusion as well as mass transfer effect on MHD free convective flow of a dusty gas through a porous medium induced by the motion of a semi-infinite flat plate moving with velocity decreasing exponentially with time as follows. (1)Increasing the viscoelastic parameter increases the velocity of dusty gas and decreases the velocity of dust particles as well as decreases the temperature profile and increases the concentration profile. (2)Increasing values of decreases the velocity of dusty gas while it increases the velocity of dust particles.(3)Increasing values of thermal diffusion parameters as soret number decreases the temperature profile and increases the concentration profile .
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