Energetic and entropic analyses of double-diffusive, forced convection heat and mass transfer in microreactors assisted with nanofluid

Guthrie, D. G.P., Torabi, M. and Karimi, N. (2019) Energetic and entropic analyses of double-diffusive, forced convection heat and mass transfer in microreactors assisted with nanofluid. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 137(2), pp. 637-658. (doi:10.1007/s10973-018-7959-3)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the energetic and entropic characteristics of a microchannel with thick walls. A first-order, catalytic chemical reaction is imposed on the inner surfaces of the microchannel walls, and local thermal non-equilibrium approach is employed to analyse heat transfer within the porous section of the microchannel. Further, endo-/exothermic physicochemical processes are incorporated into the fluid phase and solid structure of the microchannel. Two models describing the fluid–porous interface conditions known as Models A and B are incorporated. It is shown that for both interface models, and with the considered parametric values, the optimum thickness of the porous insert to achieve the maximum Nu is around 0.6. However, when PEC is considered, this optimum thickness may vary between 0 and 0.5. It is further shown that depending on the specification of the microreactor, either Model A or B may result in the prediction of the minimum total entropy generation rate. It is also demonstrated that by altering the endothermicity of the microreactor it is possible to find an optimal value, which minimizes the total rate of entropy generation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karimi, Dr Nader and Guthrie, Mr David George Pe
Authors: Guthrie, D. G.P., Torabi, M., and Karimi, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1388-6150
ISSN (Online):1572-8943
Published Online:07 December 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary
First Published:First published in Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 137(2):637-658
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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