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Conjugate heat transfer of laminar mixed convection of a nanofluid through an inclined tube with circumferentially non-uniform heating

Shahriar Allahyari1, Amin Behzadmehr1* and Seyed Masoud Hosseini Sarvari2

Author Affiliations

1 Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, P.O. Box 98164-161, Zahedan, Iran

2 Mechanical Engineering Department, Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman, Iran

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:360  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-360

Published: 26 April 2011

Abstract

Laminar mixed convection of a nanofluid consisting of water and Al2O3 in an inclined tube with heating at the top half surface of a copper tube has been studied numerically. The bottom half of the tube wall is assumed to be adiabatic (presenting a tube of a solar collector). Heat conduction mechanism through the tube wall is considered. Three-dimensional governing equations with using two-phase mixture model have been solved to investigate hydrodynamic and thermal behaviours of the nanofluid over wide range of nanoparticle volume fractions. For a given nanoparticle mean diameter the effects of nanoparticle volume fractions on the hydrodynamics and thermal parameters are presented and discussed at different Richardson numbers and different tube inclinations. Significant augmentation on the heat transfer coefficient as well as on the wall shear stress is seen.