AM  Vol.11 No.4 , April 2020
Effect of Brownian Diffusion on Squeezing Elastico-Viscous Nanofluid Flow with Cattaneo-Christov Heat Flux Model in a Channel with Double Slip Effect
Abstract: The present study deals with the analysis of heat transfer of the unsteady Maxwell nanofluid flow in a squeezed rotating channel of a porous extensile surface subject to the velocity and thermal slip effects incorporating the theory of heat flow intensity of Cattaneo-Christov model for the expression of the energy distribution in preference to the classical Fourier’s law. A set of transformations is occupied to renovate the current model in a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations that are numerically decoded with the help of MATLAB integrated function bvp4c. The effects of various flow control parameters are investigated for the momentum, temperature and diffusion profiles, as well as for the wall shearing stress and the heat and mass transfer. The results are finally described from the material point of view. A comparison of heat flux models of Cattaneo-Christov and Fourier is also performed. An important result from the present work is that the squeezing parameter is strong enough in the middle of the channel to retard the fluid flow.

1. Introduction

The heat transfer phenomenon is of great concern because of its impact on industrial applications, including cooling of space and nuclear reactors, heat conduction in tissues pasteurization of milk, magnetic targeting of drugs, etc. Fourier [1] proposed a heat flux model, named as heat conduction law that produces a parabolic energy equation that advocates an instantaneous change in the temperature of considered system at the beginning of any process. Cattaneo [2] introduced thermal relaxation time so as to produce the hyperbolic energy equation which permitted the heat transport through the transmission of thermal waves with finite speed. The theory of Cattaneo was further improved by Christov [3] who replaced the time derivative in the Cattaneo’s model by the Oldroyd’s upper-convective derivative [4] that preserved the material-invariant formulation and that became prominent as Cattaneo-Christov heat flux. Ciarletta and Straughan [5] analyzed the stability and uniqueness of the solution of the energy equation for Cattaneo-Christov heat flux model. Thermal relaxation time can be interpreted physically as the time needed for accumulating the thermal energy essential for generating heat flux [6] [7]. The inclusion of the thermal inertial in heat prorogation has effects in the heat transport in nano-material, nanofluids and many areas of ballistics and astrophysics [8] [9] [10].

The practice of adding polymers to mineral oils, known as multi-grade oils, has become recognized since the middle of 1990s [11] [12] [13]. These additions force the resulting lubricants to become non-Newtonian and viscoelastic exerting shear-rate dependent viscosity [14] [15]. The highly non-linear relationship between shear stress and strain rate of non-Newtonian fluids cannot be demonstrated by the classical Newtonian fluid model enclosing Navier-Stokes equations [16] [17]. The non-Newtonian fluids include polymer solutions, certain lubricants and oils, suspension and colloidal solutions, blood, melts, condensed milk, emulsions, soaps, shampoos, tomato paste, and many others containing the properties of both elasticity and viscosity. Researchers have proposed several viscoelastic fluid models incorporating different features of non-Newtonian fluids [18] [19] [20]. Models of viscoelastic fluids, including second-order fluids and/or Walter-B fluids, are ideal for slow motion of low elastic fluids [21]. To carry out an effective theoretical work in the industrial sector, the most realistic and practical viscoelastic fluid models, such as the Maxwell fluid or the Oldroyd-B fluid, should be considerable for efficient analysis [22] [23]. The Maxwell fluid, a simple class of rate- type viscoelastic material, eliminates the complex effects of shear-reliant viscosity and accordingly permits one to highlight the influence of fluids elasticity on the characteristics of its boundary layer [24]. Harris [25] first developed the constitutive equation of upper convected Maxwell (UCM) fluid to model the lubricant behavior of the non-Newtonian fluid. Due to the rising practical applications in industrial and manufacturing procedures, researchers have paid their attention to the study of boundary layer flow of non-Newtonian fluids [26] [27].

Nanofluids are the new-generation heat transfer fluids that contain higher thermal conductivity at very low particle concentrations than the conventional fluids. This idea of nanofluid was first developed by Choi [28]. Recent researchers have identified that the substitution of usual coolants with nanofluids may be advantageous in processes like improving heat transfer efficiency in nuclear space and engineering, domestic refrigerators/freezers; and cooling of engine and micro-electronics [29]. Moreover, electromagnetic nanoparticles are playing important role in bio-medicinal applications as compared to other metallic particles, because these can be used to control and manipulate the nanofluid through magnetic force [30] [31]. As a part of these researches, Buongiorno [32] composed a mathematical model to study the convective heat transfer in nanofluids taking two important effects, namely the Brownian and thermophoresis diffusions into account.

While Stefan [33] carried out this pioneering work and basic formulations on flow phenomena, so far the analysis of the compression flow process is receiving considerable attention by the researchers because of its purposes in the fields of biomechanics and chemical engineering [34]. Reciprocating engine bearing performance, injection and compression molding, polymer processing, and modeling of lubrication system are realistic applications of squeezing flows [35] [36].

The boundary velocity, proportional to the shearing stress at the solid surface, is playing an important role in boundary value problems. For viscoelastic fluids, the slip condition is considerably important [37]. This feature has many applications in medical science, for example, polishing artificial heart valves [38]. There are several situations that include polymer fluids with high weight molecules, heavy suspensions, and lubrication problems flowing through multiple interfaces. Navier [39] initially proposed the general boundary condition which illustrates the fluid slip at the surface.

So far, few attempts have been made to study the transfer of heat and mass through a three-dimensional compression flow in a rotating channel, and therefore, the objective of the current work is to analyze the effect of thermal relaxation factor on the flow flux of time dependent Maxwell viscoelastic nanofluid that is squeezed in rotating parallel plates with porous stretched surface incorporating Cattaneo-Christov heat flux model.

2. Mathematical Model

The governing model equations consisting of conservation of mass, momentum, energy and concentration are given by

ρ t + ( ρ V ) = 0 (1)

ρ d V d t = τ (2)

ρ c p d T d t = q p V c p J s T + Φ + S Q (3)

d C d t = 1 ρ J s (4)

here, V = ( u , v , w ) is the three-dimensional velocity of the viscous fluid, τ is the Cauchy stress tensor, T is the temperature of the fluid, q is the heat flux, Φ is the viscous dissipation term that describes the conversion of mechanical energy to heat. Also, S Q represents the heat sources, J s is the sum of Brownian and thermophoresis diffusions, ρ and c p are the density and specific heat respectively.

The elastico-viscous behavior of fluid will be realized if elastic stress is applied to the fluid, and the resulting strain will be time dependent characterized by relaxation time. The constitutive equation considering time dependent stress relaxation is [34]

τ = p I + S (5)

The extra stress tensor S satisfies the upper convected Maxwell model given by

S + λ S ( d S d t + V S L S S L tr ) = μ ( L + L tr ) (6)

here, L tr = V (i.e., L i j = u i / x j ) is the velocity gradient and the superscript tr indicates a transpose, μ is the viscosity, λ S > 0 is the stress relaxation time where λ S = 0 describes the Newtonian fluids.

Cattaneo-Christov model is proposed by adding thermal relaxation time in Fourier’s Law, also called the modified Fourier heat conduction law, presented by [7]

q + λ T ( q t + V q q V + ( V ) q ) = κ T (7)

here, κ is the thermal conductivity and λ T is the thermal relaxation time parameter for the heat flux where λ T = 0 simplifies the expression (7) to classical Fourier’s law.

Buongiorno [32] disclosed the combination of Brownian and thermophoresis diffusions given by

J s = ρ D B C ρ D T T T a (8)

here, D B is the Brownian diffusion coefficient, D T is the thermal diffusion coefficient and T a is the reference temperature.

To demonstrate the physical model of present analysis, it is considered that the flow is laminar, unsteady and three dimensional. An incompressible ( V = 0 ), electrically conducting elastico-viscous Maxwell nanofluid is being squeezed between two infinite parallel plates rotating about y-axis. To explain the physical configuration, the Cartesian coordinate system is introduced such a way that x-axis is measured along the plate surface and y-axis is perpendicular to the plates, shown in Figure 1. There is a vital consideration that fluid properties

will not deviate of in the z-direction i.e., z = 0 . The gap width between those

plates in the minimal separation region is taken as time dependent given by h ( t ) = l 1 α t , where l is the steady gap width and α is a constant having

Figure 1. Physical model.

dimension time−1. For α > 0 the two plates are squeezed until they touch t = 1 / α and for α < 0 the two plates are always separated. The upper plate placed at y = h ( t ) is squeezing towards the lower plate with a vertical velocity

v h = d h ( t ) d t . This plate is stretched with a velocity u h = α h x / ( 1 α t ) in the

positive x-direction with velocity slip parameter r 1 and thermal slip parameter r 2 . The lower plate is fixed at y = 0 assumed to be porous in which the fluid flows with suction velocity v 0 = V 0 / ( 1 α t ) . A uniform magnetic field of density B 0 is applied to along y-direction and the external electric field is assumed zero.

The boundary conditions of the present physical models are

u r 1 u y = u h , v = v h , w = 0 , T r 2 T y = T H , C = C H at y = h ( t ) u = 0 , v = v 0 , w = 0 , T = 0 , C = 0 , at y = 0 } (9)

Now in order to find the approximate solutions of the model it is essential to make the model equations dimensionless using the following non-dimensional variables [35] [36]:

η = y l ( 1 α t ) 1 2 , u = α x 2 ( 1 α t ) f , v = α l 2 ( 1 α t ) 1 2 f , w = α x 2 ( 1 α t ) g , T = T H θ , C = C H F (10)

Using the above transformations, the Equation (1) is satisfied and the Equations (2)-(4) are reduced to

( 1 S q β S ( η 2 2 η f + f 2 ) ) f i v S q β S ( 9 η f + 2 η f 2 2 f f 2 2 f 2 f 8 f f + 4 f f + 15 f ) M ( f + β S ( η f + 3 f f f f f ) ) S q ( η f + 3 f + f f f f + 2 ω g ) = 0 (11)

( 1 S q β S ( η 2 2 η f + f 2 ) ) g S q β S ( 7 η g + 2 η f g + 4 f g 6 f g 2 f f g + 8 g ) S q ( η g + 2 g + f g f g 2 ω f ) M ( g + β S ( η g + 2 g f g ) ) = 0 (12)

( 1 P r S q β T ( η 2 2 η f + f 2 ) ) θ S q P r ( η θ f θ ) S q P r β T ( 3 η θ η f θ 3 f θ + f f θ ) + P r ( N B θ F + N T θ 2 ) + E c P r ( 4 δ 2 f 2 + f 2 + g 2 + δ 2 g 2 ) = 0 (13)

F S q L e ( η F f F ) + N t N b θ = 0 (14)

The dimensionless boundary conditions are

f = 1 , f = γ u + ε u f , g = 0 , θ = 1 + ε u θ , F = 1 , a t η = 1 f = f w , f = 0 , g = 0 , θ = 0 , F = 0 at η = 0 } (15)

here, ω = 2 ( 1 α t ) α Ω is the rotation parameter; β S = λ S α 2 ( 1 α t ) is the Maxwell parameter; S q = α l 2 2 ν is the squeeze number; M = σ B 0 2 h 2 μ is the Magnetic field parameter; P r = ν ρ C p κ f is the Prandtl number; E c = ρ u a 2 ρ C p T H is the Eckert number; γ u = α h α is the stretching parameter; ε u = r 1 h is the velocity slip parameter; ε T = r 2 h is the thermal slip parameter; δ = h x is the characteristic length ratio; f w = 2 V 0 α h is the suction parameter.

Finally, the physical attentions in the existing study are the skin friction coefficient C f , the local Nusselt number Nu and the Sherwood number (Sh) defined as

C f f , N u θ and S h F (16)

3. Numerical Methods

Equations (11)-(14) combined with the boundary conditions (15) are solved numerically using finite difference code developed by a MATLAB boundary value problem solver, known as bvp4c. The analysis is made for various values of the pertinent parameters such as Brownian motion parameter N B , squeezing parameter S q , Maxwell parameter β S , thermal relaxation parameter β T , rotation parameter ω , stretching parameter γ u , velocity slip parameter ε u and thermal slip parameter ε T . The step size is taken as η = 0.01 and the tolerance criteria are set to 10−6. On the basis of the present model, [ 0,1 ] is measured as the domain of a channel. First of all, comparison of the current model is arranged with [35], shown in Table 1.

4. Results Discussions

Figure 2(a) and Figure 2(b) are devoted to the analysis of the impact of the Brownian motion parameter N B on the temperature and concentration profiles, respectively. These figures allow us to conclude that the temperature and concentration distributions are enhanced with N B . The Brownian motion parameter illustrates a significant variation in temperature profiles, while compared to concentration profiles. These outcomes express a similar result remarkable with the work of Reddy et al. [40]. These figures also reveals that the temperature of the fluid is lifted and the concentration is reduced for thermal relaxation parameter β T .

Figure 3(a), Figure 3(b) and Figure 4(a), Figure 4(b) express the behavior of squeezing parameter Sq. When plates are coming closer the values of Sq are considered positive. Figure 3(a) shows that, with the increase of the values of Sq fluid velocity decreases. Clearly the flow velocity decreases in the channel when fluid is clutched inside. But the secondary velocity profiles increase with Sq, shown in Figure 3(b). Furthermore, there is no variation in velocity profiles due to the classical Fourier’s heat flux model ( β T = 0 ) and the Cattaneo-Christov heat flux model ( β T = 0.3 ). Figure 4(a) and Figure 4(b) demonstrate the influence of Sq parameter on the heat and solutal distributions respectively. From the above representations, it can be revealed that the deviation of the fluid properties for the classical Fourier and Cattaneo-Christov heat fluxes approaches for the higher value of squeezing parameter.

Table 1. Comparison for skin friction coefficient, local Nusselt number and local Sherwood numbers for different values of Sq when P r = E c = γ u = 1.0 , δ = 0.1 .

Figure 2. NB effect on the profiles of (a) temperature and (b) concentration.

Figure 3. Sq effect on the profiles of (a) primary velocity and (b) transverse velocity.

Figure 4. Sq effect on the profiles of (a) temeperature and (b) concentration.

When the elastic stress is applied to the non-Newtonian fluid, the time during which the fluid achieves its stability is the relaxation time, which is greater for highly viscous fluids. The Maxwell parameter β S deals with the fluid relaxation time to its characteristic time scale. Here β S = 0 gives the result for Newtonian viscous incompressible fluid. The fluid with a small Maxwell parameter exhibits liquid-like activities but large Maxwell parameter communicates with solid-like materials able to conduct and retain heat better. Therefore, it is observed physically that gradually increasing the Maxwell parameter can increase the fluid viscosity, which enhances resistance to flow and, as a result, the hydrodynamic boundary layer thickness reduces for Maxwell fluid, as shown in Figure 5(a). There is also declining effect of β S on the secondary velocity, displayed in Figure 5(b).

Figure 6(a) presents the significant effect of rotation parameter ω on secondary velocity. The rotation of the plates generates higher z-momentum. Figure 6(b) and Figure 7(a), Figure 7(b) depict the stretching parameter γ u effects on x-momentum, z-momentum and energy distributions, respectively. From Figure 6(b), it is observed that the stretching velocity enhances strength to the fluid velocity to increase the x-momentum distribution with the increase of stretching effect γ u at the stretching upper surface. Figure 7(a) expresses that the z-momentum decreases with the higher values of stretching parameter γ u . Figure 7(b) exhibits the fact that The energy distribution is an increasing function of γ u .

The result found from Figure 8(a) expresses the fact that the velocity increases with the mounting value of velocity slip parameter ε u but after the cross flow situated at η = 0.656 the velocity reverses the flow tendency and decreases at the upper wall indicated in the Figure 8(a). In Figure 8(b), it is found that the secondary velocity increases with the positive values of slip parameter ε u . A significant depiction, portrayed from the above observations, the fluid velocity is higher for the velocity slip parameter ε u . The energy distribution rises with the velocity slip parameter ε u , found in Figure 9(a). But Figure 9(b) shows that the temperature profile is a decreasing function of the thermal slip parameter ε T .

Finally, from the point of view of physical interest, the skin friction coefficient is useful to estimate the total frictional drag exerted on the surface. The Nusselt Number is used to characterize the heat flux from a heated solid surface to a fluid. Additionally, Table 2 displays the skin friction ( C f ) for squeezing parameters and Maxwell parameter at the upper ( η = 1 ) and lower ( η = 0 ) plates for classical Fourier ( β T = 0 ) and Cattaneo-Christov ( β T = 0.3 ) heat fluxes. The effect of squeezing parameter Sq and Maxwell parameter β T on the local Nusselt number Nu and are arranged in Table 3 classical Fourier ( β T = 0 ) and Cattaneo-Christov ( β T = 0.3 ) heat fluxes considering M = 1 ; ω = 2 ; δ = 0.1 ; P r = 6.838 ; E c = 0.02 ; γ u = 0.1 ; ε u = 0.1 .

Figure 5. β S effect on the profiles of (a) primary velocity and (b) secondary velocity.

Figure 6. (a) ε u effect on transverse velocity profile and (b) γ u effect on primary velocity profile.

Figure 7. γ u effect on the profiles of (a) transverrse velocity and (b) temperature.

Figure 8. ε u effect on the profiles of (a) primary velocity and (b) secondary velocity.

Figure 9. (a) ε u effect on the temperature profile and (b) ε T effect on the temperature profile.

Table 2. Skin friction ( C f ) for different values of Sq and β S at the upper ( η = 1 ) and lower ( η = 0 ) plates for classical Fourier ( β T = 0 ) and Cattaneo Christov ( β T = 0.3 ) heat fluxes.

Table 3. Nussult number (Nu) for different values of Sq and β S at the upper ( η = 1 ) and lower ( η = 0 ) plates for classical Fourier ( β T = 0 ) and Cattaneo Christov ( β T = 0.3 ) heat fluxes.

5. Conclusions

The present paper is to study the effect of thermal relaxation factor on the flow of Maxwell nanofluid squeezing in the parallel rotating plates with porous stretched surface incorporating Cattaneo-Christov heat flux model. The major outcomes drawn from the study of the present model can be summarized as follows:

1) The thermal boundary layer thickness rises for the Brownian motion parameter, squeezing parameter, stretching parameter and velocity slip parameter.

2) The thermal boundary layer thickness decreases for the thermal slip parameter.

3) The hydrodynamic boundary layer thickness is reduced for the squeezing parameter, Maxwell parameter and stretching parameter.

4) The velocity distributions are higher for the velocity slip parameter.

5) The concentration is elevated for Brownian motion parameter and squeezing parameter.

In conclusion of the current study, it can be argued that the squeezing parameter and the stretching parameter that have the velocity control phenomena, can improve the heat transfer in the nanofluid. This study will provide a great opportunity to develop the cooling performance of mechanical system like automotive radiators and nuclear reactors.


We thank the Editor and the referee for their comments. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Cite this paper: Karim, M. and Samad, M. (2020) Effect of Brownian Diffusion on Squeezing Elastico-Viscous Nanofluid Flow with Cattaneo-Christov Heat Flux Model in a Channel with Double Slip Effect. Applied Mathematics, 11, 277-291. doi: 10.4236/am.2020.114021.

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