Increase in convective heat transfer over a backward-facing step immersed in a water-based tio2 nanofluid

Oon, Cheen Sean and Amiri, Ahmad and Chew, Bee Teng and Kazi, Salim Newaz and Shaw, Andy and Al-Shamma'a, Ahmed (2018) Increase in convective heat transfer over a backward-facing step immersed in a water-based tio2 nanofluid. Heat Transfer Research, 49 (15). pp. 1419-1429. ISSN 1064-2285, DOI

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Investigation of flow separation and reattachment of 0.2% water-based TiO2 nanofluid in an annular suddenly expanding pipe is presented in this paper. Such flows occur in various engineering and heat transfer applications. A computational fluid dynamics package (FLUENT) is used to study turbulent nanofluid flow in this research. Only a quarter of an annular pipe was investigated and simulated because of its symmetrical geometry. Standard k–ε second-order implicit, pressure based-solver equations are applied. Reynolds numbers between 17,050 and 44,545, step height ratio of 1.82, and a constant heat flux of 49,050 W/m2 were utilized in simulation. The numerical simulation results show that increase in the Reynolds number leads to an increase of the heat transfer coefficient and of the Nusselt number. Moreover, the surface temperature dropped to its lowest value after the expansion and then gradually increased along the pipe. Finally, the chaotic movement and high thermal conductivity of the TiO2 nanoparticles have contributed to the overall heat transfer enhancement of the nanofluid.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Research Grant UMRG RP045C-17AET and PPP grant PG104-2016A and RF003A-2018, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: heat transfer; computational fluid dynamics; TiO2; nanofluid
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 06:48
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 06:48

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