Gupta, Satish Kumar and Ray, Sudipta and Chatterjee, Dipankar (2016) Influence of Aiding Buoyancy on the Suppression of Flow Separation for Power-Law Fluids Around a Circular Object. Heat Transfer Engineering , 37 (15). pp. 1267-1279.

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Numerical computations are performed to analyze the influence of aiding thermal buoyancy on the phenomenon of suppression of flow separation in power-law fluids around a circular object. The idea has been borrowed from some recent similar works in Newtonian fluids. Owing to the contradictory behavior of shear-thinning and shear-thickening fluids in regard to the separation mechanism, we intend to understand the role of superimposed thermal buoyancy on the suppression phenomena in non-Newtonian power-law fluids, for which a range of power-law indices (0.4 to 1.8) is considered. The Reynolds numbers are kept intentionally low, within 10 to 40, such that the isothermal flow remains steady and separated without imposition of thermal buoyancy. The buoyancy causes a delay in the separation, thereby affecting the suppression phenomena. We determine the critical heating parameter (Richardson number) for the complete suppression of the flow separation and from there we construct a bifurcation diagram to show the typical flow regime evolved due to the complex interplay between the aiding thermal buoyancy and fluid rheology. The Richardson number in the simulation lies in the range 0 to 0.35, keeping the Prandtl number fixed at 50. The heat transfer rates from the object are also obtained and important inferences are drawn in regard to the inhibition/augmentation of heat transfer due to fluid rheology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computational fluid dynamics
Depositing User: Dr. Sarita Ghosh
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 14:19

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