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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2010, Article ID 898720, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/898720
Research Article

Unsteady Flow and Heat Transfer of a Dusty Fluid through a Rectangular Channel

Department of Studies and Research in Mathematics, Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta, Shimoga, Karnataka 577 451, India

Received 3 August 2010; Accepted 30 December 2010

Academic Editor: J. Jiang

Copyright © 2010 B. J. Gireesha et al. 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.

Abstract

The present discussion deals with the study of an unsteady flow and heat transfer of a dusty fluid through a rectangular channel under the influence of pulsatile pressure gradient along with the effect of a uniform magnetic field. The analytical solutions of the problem are obtained using variable separable and Fourier transform techniques. The graphs are drawn for the velocity fields of both fluid and dust phases under the effect of Reynolds number. Further, changes in the Nusselt number are shown graphically, and, on the basis of these, the conclusions and discussions are given.

1. Introduction

The concept of an unsteady flow and heat transfer of a dusty fluid has a wide range of applications in refrigeration, air conditioning, space heating, power generation, chemical processing, pumps, accelerators, nuclear reactors, filtration and geothermal systems, and so forth. One common example of heat transfer is the radiator in a car, in which the hot radiator fluid is cooled by the flow of air over the radiator surface. On this basis many mathematicians were attracted by this field.

Saffman [1] has formulated the governing equations for the flow of dusty fluid and has discussed the stability of the laminar flow of a dusty gas in which the dust particles are uniformly distributed. Datta et al. [2] have obtained the solution of unsteady heat transfer to pulsatile flow of a dusty viscous incompressible fluid in a channel. Heat transfer in unsteady laminar flow through a channel was analyzed by Ariel [3]. Ghosh et al. [4] have made the solution for hall effects on MHD flow in a rotating system with heat transfer characteristics. Ezzat et al. [5] analyzed a space approach to the hydromagnetic flow of a dusty fluid through a porous medium.

Some researchers like Anjali Devi and Jothimani [6] have discussed the heat transfer in unsteady MHD oscillatory flow. Further, Malashetty et al. [7] have investigated the convective magnetohydrodynamic two phase flow and heat transfer of a fluid in an inclined channel. Palani and Ganesan [8] have discussed the heat transfer effects on dusty gas flow past a semi-infinite inclined plate. Attia [9] has investigated an unsteady MHD Couette flow and heat transfer of dusty fluid with variable physical properties.

Unsteady hydromagnetic flow and heat transfer from a nonisothermal stretching sheet immersed in a porous medium was discussed by Chamkha [10]. Mishra et al. [11] have studied the two-dimensional transient conduction and radiation heat transfer with temperature-dependent thermal conductivity. MHD flow and heat transfer of a dusty visco-elastic stratified fluid down an inclined channel in porous medium under variable viscosity was analyzed by Chakraborty [12]. Shawky [13] has investigated the solution for pulsatile flow with heat transfer of dusty magnetohydrodynamic Ree-Eyring fluid through a channel.

Gireesha et al. [14] have obtained the analytical solutions for velocity fields using variable separable method for an unsteady flow of dusty fluid through a rectangular channel under the influence of pulsatile pressure gradients and in the absence of a magnetic field. In continuation of this paper and with the help of the above cited papers we have studied an unsteady flow and heat transport in a dusty fluid through a rectangular channel under the influence of a pulsatile pressure gradient in the presence of uniform magnetic field and viscous dissipation term. Further, heat transfer analysis and the effect of Reynolds number, Prandtl number, and Nusselt number have been considered. This paper presents three methods of solution, namely, perturbation technique, Fourier decomposition, and finite Fourier transform, to obtain useful results on the problem. Finally, the graphical representation of velocity fields of both fluid and dust phases and changes in the Nusselt number are drawn for different values of Reynolds number and Prandtl number.

2. Equations of Motion

The governing equations of motion and energy for two phases are given by [1] the following.

For fluid phase,

For dust phase, We have following nomenclature. , , is the thermal interaction between fluid and dust particle phases, is the velocity interaction force between the fluid and dust particle phase, is the velocity relaxation time of the dust particles, is the thermal relaxation time of the dust particles, is the rate of heat added to the fluid by conduction in unit volume, are the viscous dissipation of fluid and dust particles. , , , , , , and are, respectively, the velocity vector, density, pressure, kinematic viscosity, temperature, specific heat, and thermal conductivity of the fluid, , , , , and are, respectively, the velocity vector, number density, temperature, specific heat, mass concentration of dust particles, is the Stoke's resistance coefficient, and is the time.

3. Formulation of the Problem

Consider an unsteady flow of an incompressible, viscous, electrically conducting fluid with uniform distribution of dust particles through a rectangular channel. It is assumed that the flow is due to the time-dependent pressure gradient and applied uniform magnetic field. Both the fluid and the dust particle clouds are supposed to be static at the beginning. The dust particles are assumed to be spherical in shape and uniform in size. The number density of the dust particles is taken as a constant throughout the flow. The flow is taken along -axis, and it is as shown in Figure 1. For the above described flow the velocities of both fluid and dust particles are given by

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Figure 1: Schematic diagram of dusty fluid flow in a rectangular channel.

4. Solution of the Problem

The governing equations from (2.1) and (2.2) can be decomposed as follows.

For fluid phase,

For dust phase, where and denote the velocity of the fluid and the dust phases, respectively.

The boundary conditions of the given problem are taken as Since we have assumed that the pulsatile pressure gradient has influence on the flow, we have that where is a small quantity and and are constants.

To make the above system dimensionless, introduce the following nondimensional variables: where is the distance between plates, the Eckert number, the Prandtl number, and the Reynolds numbers of fluid and dust phases, and the space coordinates along and perpendicular to the plates, and the dimensionless fluid and dust phase temperatures, the viscosity of fluid, and and the kinematic viscosity and density of the dust particles.

Using the above nondimensional variables in (4.1) and (4.2) and dropping the bars, one can get that where , , , , , and .

The dimensionless boundary conditions are where , , and .

The nondimensional form of pressure gradient is given by Now assume the solutions of the velocities and temperature of both fluid and dust phases as

Substituting (4.8) and (4.9) in (4.6) and equating the coefficient of the similar powers of on both sides, then we obtain the following set of equations.

Steady part (coefficient of ):

Unsteady part (coefficient of ):

Unsteady part (coefficient of ): Now, the corresponding dimensionless boundary conditions are as follows: By substituting (4.11) in (4.10), one can get To solve (4.21), we assume that the solution is in the form Substituting in (4.21), then we obtain that so that The corresponding boundary conditions will become By solving (4.24) and using the method of separation of variables to (4.25), we obtain the solution in the form where .

Here one can observe that the velocity of steady part of the fluid and the dust phases is the same.

In a similar manner, by the method of separation of variables, the solution of (4.13), and using the boundary conditions (4.19), one can obtain that where and .

We define the finite Fourier sine transform of and as Eliminating from (4.12), we get that where .

Applying the finite fourier sine transform to (4.30) with respect to the variable and to boundary conditions, one obtains that The temperature of fluid is obtained by solving (4.32) with the help of boundary conditions (4.33) as Now taking the inverse finite Fourier sine transform to (4.34), one can obtain that The temperature of dust is obtained by substituting in (4.31).

Using (4.15) in (4.14) and boundary conditions (4.19), with the help of finite fourier sine transform technique, one can get the solution for as Using , we get the expression for as where

Similarly, the solutions of (4.16) and (4.17) using boundary conditions (4.20) are obtained as From (4.17), one can get that where

5. Results and Discussion

Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8  represent the velocity and temperature fields, respectively, for the fluid and dust particles, which are parabolic in nature. Here we can see that the path of fluid particles is much steeper than that of dust particles. Further, one can see that if the dust is very fine, that is, the mass of the dust particles is negligibly small, then the relaxation time of dust particle decreases and ultimately as the velocities of fluid and dust particles will be the same. Also we see that the fluid particles will reach the steady state earlier than the dust particles. Further, one can observe the impressive effect of Reynolds number on the velocity fields. It means that the Reynolds number is favorable to the velocity fields, that is, the velocity profiles for both fluid and dust particles increases as the Reynolds number increases.

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Figure 2: Variation of fluid velocity with and (for and ).
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Figure 3: Variation of dust velocity with and (for and ).
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Figure 4: Variation of fluid velocity with and (for and ).
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Figure 5: Variation of dust velocity with and   (for and ).
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Figure 6: Steady part of the Nusselt number (Nu0) versus (for and and and ).
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Figure 7: Unsteady part of Nusselt number (Nu1) versus (for and ) and and ).
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Figure 8: Unsteady part of Nusselt number (Nu2) versus (for and and and ).

The graphs are drawn for the following values: , , , , , , , , , , , and .

Now we discuss the heat transfer at the vertical walls, so we consider the Nusselt number of the fluid as

Next to discuss is the heat transfer at the horizontal walls, so we consider the Nusselt number of the fluid as where Nu0, Nu1, and Nu2 denote the Nusselt number for steady part, unsteady part for coefficient of , and unsteady part for coefficient of , respectively.

The graphs of steady part of Nusselt number against and (at and or at and ) has been drawn in Figure 6. It shows that for different values of Prandtl number, Nusselt number increases with increase in and .

Figure 7 shows the unsteady part of amplitude of Nusselt number against and (at and or at and ). It reveals that for different values of Prandtl number, amplitude of Nusselt number increases with increase of and . The unsteady part of the amplitude of Nusselt number against and has been drawn in Figure 8. Here, one can see that the amplitude of Nusselt number increases with increase of and for different values of Prandtl number.

6. Conclusions

A detailed analytical study has been carried out for the unsteady flow and heat transfer of a dusty fluid through a rectangular channel. Here, one can see that the flow of fluid particles is parallel to that of dust. Further, one can see that the fluid particles will reach the steady state earlier than the dust particles. From the graphs the impressive effect of Reynolds number on the velocity fields of both fluid and dust phases is evident. It is clear that the effect of Reynolds number on velocity fields is favorable, that is, the velocity profiles for both fluid and dust particles increase as Reynolds number increases.

Further, one can observe the changes in the steady and unsteady parts of amplitude of Nusselt number. It is clear that for different values of Prandtl number steady part of Nusselt number increases with increase of and . In the same manner unsteady parts of amplitude of Nusselt number and increases with increase of and for different values of Prandtl number.

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to express their thanks to DST (Department of Science and Technology), india for granting a Major Research Project (no: SR/S4/MS: 470/07, 25-08-2008). They are also grateful to the referees for useful comments.

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