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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 254973, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/254973
Research Article

Heat Transfer and Mass Diffusion in Nanofluids over a Moving Permeable Convective Surface

1Department of Mathematics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Park Road, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
2Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Barhu, 81310 Skudai, Malaysia
3College of Engineering Majmaah University, P.O. Box 66, Majmaah 11952, Saudi Arabia

Received 14 July 2013; Revised 13 September 2013; Accepted 13 September 2013

Academic Editor: Waqar Khan

Copyright © 2013 Muhammad Qasim 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

Heat transfer and mass diffusion in nanofluid over a permeable moving surface are investigated. The surface exhibits convective boundary conditions and constant mass diffusion. Effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis are considered. The resulting partial differential equations are reduced into coupled nonlinear ordinary differential equations using suitable transformations. Shooting technique is implemented for the numerical solution. Velocity, temperature, and concentration profiles are analyzed for different key parameters entering into the problem. Performed comparative study shows an excellent agreement with the previous analysis.

1. Introduction

Usually, the conventional heat transfer fluids such as oil, water, and ethylene glycol mixtures are poor heat transfer fluids because of their poor thermal conductivity. Therefore, several attempts have been made by many researchers to enhance the thermal conductivity of these fluids by suspending nano/microparticles in liquids. Amongst them Choi [1] was the first who introduced a fluid with enhanced thermal conductivity known as nanofluid. At present, the flow problem involving nanofluids has attracted the investigators to the field. These fluids are engineered colloidal suspensions of nanoparticles (nanometer-sized particles of metals, oxides, nitrides, carbides, or nanotubes) in the ordinary base fluid. Thermal conductivity of nanofluids is higher than the base fluids. Such fluids over a moving surface with heat transfer seem to be very important in microelectronics, fuel cells, hybrid-powered engines, and pharmaceutical processes. It should be pointed out that several metallurgical processes involve the cooling of continuous strips or filaments by drawing them through a nanofluid [2]. Having that in mind, the boundary layer flows of nanofluids have been studied through different approaches, in the recent attempts [315] there has been an increasing interest of the recent researchers in the studies of boundary layer flows over a moving surface with heat transfer. This interest in fact stems from several applications of such flows in aerodynamic extrusion process, paper production, food process, glass fiber production, metallurgical process, and so forth. Sakiadis [16] made an initial attempt for boundary layer flow induced by a continuous solid surface moving with constant speed. Tsou et al. [17] extended the work of Sakiadis [16] to heat transfer concept in the boundary layer flow on a continuous moving surface. Abdelhafez [18] studied the boundary layer flow over a continuous moving flat surface in a parallel free stream. He studied the case when surface and free stream move in the same direction. Afzal et al. [19] revisited similar problem and reported the case when the surface and free stream move in the opposite directions. Ishak et al. [20] extended the work of Afzal et al. [19] by considering viscous dissipation and mass transfer effects. They investigated both the cases when surface and free stream move in the same direction and opposite directions. They obtained the numerical solution of the problem by a finite difference scheme known as Keller box method. Very recently, Aziz [21] obtained a similarity solution for Blasius flow of a viscous fluid employing convective boundary conditions. Hayat et al. [22] investigated the flow of Maxwell fluid over a stretching sheet with convective boundary conditions. Some more interesting problems with convective boundary conditions have been reported [2329].

The present paper concentrates on the numerical study of the boundary layer flow of a nanofluid over a permeable moving surface. Mathematical model is constructed in the presence of Brownian and thermophoresis effects. Governing nonlinear analysis is computed by shooting method. Results are compared and analyzed in detail.

2. Problem Statement

We study flow of nanofluid over a moving permeable surface with constant velocity in the parallel direction of the uniform free stream velocity . The constant temperature and concentration of wall are, and , respectively. The ambient values of temperature and concentration are respectively, and . In Cartesian coordinate system, - and -axes are chosen parallel and perpendicular to the moving surface (see Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Physical flow model.

The boundary layer equations (in absence of viscous dissipation) for the physical problems under examination are where and are the components of the velocity along the - and -directions, respectively, is the density of the base fluid, is the kinematic viscosity, is the thermal diffusivity, is the Brownian motion coefficient, is the thermophoretic diffusion coefficient, and is the ratio of effective heat capacity of the nanoparticle material to the heat capacity of the fluid.

The boundary conditions in view of physics of the present problem are It seems worth mentioning to point out that corresponds to the Blasius problem and for we have the Sakiadis problem. Here is the heat transfer coefficient and is the convective fluid temperature below the moving surface. A stream of cold fluid at temperature moving over the right surface of the plate with uniform velocity while the left surface of the plate is heated below by the convection from the hot fluid of temperature which provides a heat transfer coefficient . As a result, convective boundary conditions arise.

We define the dimensionless quantities given by where , and the free stream function satisfies The above expression also satisfies the continuity equation (1) and (2)–(5) are reduced to the following forms: Here primes denote differentiation with respect to with corresponding to suction case and implying injection, is the Prandtl number, is the Lewis number, is the Brownian motion parameter, is the thermophoresis parameter, is the Biot number, and is the velocity ratio parameter. Further we noticed that corresponds to the flow over a stationary surface caused by the free stream velocity while is subjected to a moving plate in an ambient fluid, respectively. The case holds when the plate and fluid are moving in the same direction. If , the free stream is directed towards the positive -direction, while the plate moves towards negative -direction. On the other hand, if , the free stream is directed towards negative -direction, while the plate moves towards the positive -direction. Here we only discussed the case when .

Expressions for the local Nusselt number and the local Sherwood number are where the wall heat flux and the mass flux are given by Dimensionless form of (10) is given by where the Reynolds numbers are defined as

3. Results and Discussion

Here the velocity, temperature, and concentration profiles are analyzed for the velocity ratio , suction parameter , Brownian motion parameter , thermophoresis parameter , and Lewis number . Such theme is achieved through the plots of Figures 212 which are sketched. Figure 2 describes the effect of on . It is found that initially decreases, but after , it increases when decreases. Figures 3 and 4 study the influence of on when and , respectively. The boundary layer thickness is found to decrease with the increasing values of . Sucking fluid particles through porous wall reduces the growth of the boundary layer. This is quite reliable as the fact that suction causes reduction in the boundary layer thickness. Hence a porous character of wall provides a powerful mechanism for controlling the momentum boundary layer thickness. Influence of parameter on dimensionless temperature is seen in Figure 5. A gradual increase in increases the thermal boundary layer thickness. This is expected because the thermal resistance on the hot fluid side is proportional to . Hence when increases, the hot fluid side convection decreases and consequently the surface temperature increases. Also for , the result approaches the classical solution for the constant surface temperature. For fixed values of cold fluid properties and free stream velocity, at any location is directly proportional to heat transfer coefficient associated with the hot fluid, namely, . The thermal resistance on the hot fluid side is inversely proportional to . Thus when increases, then hot fluid side convection resistance decreases and, consequently, the surface temperature increases [21]. Figure 6 elucidates the effects of on . Temperature field decreases when increases. The thermal boundary layer thickness also decreases by increasing . Effects of thermophoresis parameter and Brownian motion parameter on the temperature are shown in Figures 7 and 8. An appreciable increase in the temperature and thermal boundary layer thickness is noticed with an increase in and . The Brownian motion of nanoparticles contributes to thermal conduction enhancement and hence both the temperature and thermal boundary layer thickness increase. It is also noticed that such increase is larger in the case of when compared with . Figure 9 illustrates the effect of Lewis number on mass fraction field . An increase in leads to a decrease in molecular diffusivity. Thus increasing the values of gradually decreases the concentration of boundary layer. Figures 10 and 11 are plotted to show the effects of thermophoresis parameter and Brownian motion parameter , respectively, on concentration of field . It is observed that an increase in increases the concentration boundary layer whereas an increase in causes a decrease in . Figure 12 shows the effect of on the mass fraction field . It is also observed that corresponds to the case when there is no transport driven by the moment of nanoparticles from the surface to the fluid. Further for , our results are in excellent agreement with those presented in [21] (see Table 1).

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Table 1: Values of and for various values of when .
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Figure 2: Velocity profile for various values of when .
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Figure 3: Velocity profile for various values of when .
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Figure 4: Velocity profile for various values of when .
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Figure 5: Temperature profile for various values of when , , , and .
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Figure 6: Temperature profile for various values of    when , , , , and .
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Figure 7: Temperature profile for various values of when , , , , and .
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Figure 8: Temperature profile for various values of when , , , and .
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Figure 9: Concentration profile for various values of when , , , , and .
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Figure 10: Concentration profile for various values of when , , , and .
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Figure 11: Concentration profile for various values of when , , and .
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Figure 12: Concentration profile for various values of when , , , and .
3.1. Conclusions

An incompressible two-dimensional boundary layer flow of nanofluids past a permeable moving surface with convective boundary conditions is studied numerically. The governing boundary layer equations are converted into highly nonlinear coupled ordinary differential equations using some suitable transformations. The resulting equations are solved numerically using shooting technique. Based on the results, the following conclusions are drawn.(i) decreases initially, but after , it increases when decreases.(ii)Boundary layer thickness decreases with the increasing values of .(iii)Porous character of wall provides a powerful mechanism for controlling the momentum of boundary layer thickness.(iv)As increases, it increases the thermal boundary layer thickness.(v)Temperature decreases when increases.(vi)Temperature and thermal boundary layer thickness increase with increasing and .(vii)An increase in increases the concentration of boundary layer whereas an increase in causes a decrease in .(viii)Results in [21] are found to be special cases of the present work.

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