Generation of entropy in micro thermofluidic and thermochemical energy systems-A critical review

Torabi, M., Karimi, N. , Torabi, M., Peterson, G.P. and Simonson, C. J. (2020) Generation of entropy in micro thermofluidic and thermochemical energy systems-A critical review. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 163, 120471. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2020.120471)

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Micro energy systems have progressed significantly over the last two decades, as has the utilization of micro thermofluidic and thermochemical systems. Several studies were conducted to analyze the thermophysical and chemical characteristics of these systems. In general, the large rates of heat and mass transfer typically encountered in these microsystems make them susceptible to significant irreversibilities and as a result, poor second-law performances. Although the understanding and modelling of entropy generation rate in microsystems is an inevitable part of their performance analyses, no reviews were found on the second law analysis, and more specifically on the entropy generation rate of micro thermal and thermochemical systems. To address this shortcoming, the current review explores the mechanisms of entropy generation rate in these micro energy systems and identifies the possible future avenues of research in this field. The existing literature on entropy generation rate in micro single and multiphase thermofluidic systems, with the inclusion of various effects such as magnetic and electric fields, nanoparticles and thermochemical reactions are reviewed in detail. The unexplored and less investigated areas such as second law analysis of micro porous systems using pore-scale modeling and entropy generation rate of airflow through microchannels with inserts are identified, and recommendations are made for future research.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Torabi, Dr Mohsen and Karimi, Dr Nader
Authors: Torabi, M., Karimi, N., Torabi, M., Peterson, G.P., and Simonson, C. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
ISSN (Online):1879-2189
Published Online:23 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 163:120471
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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