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Forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWCNT nanofluid in a microchannel with triangular ribs

  • Afshin Shiriny
  • Morteza BayarehEmail author
  • Afshin Ahmadi Nadooshan
  • Dariush Bahrami
Research Article
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  1. Engineering: Nanofluids in Applied Sciences


In this study, forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWCNT nanofluid is studied inside a rectangular microchannel with triangular ribs on the lower wall numerically. The nanofluid flow is affected by a uniform magnetic field. The ribs have an insulating wall and a wall at a constant temperature. The other walls of the microchannel are insulated. Slip boundary condition is imposed on the walls and the temperature jump is ignored. The effect of different parameters such as Reynolds number, Hartmann number, slip coefficient and volume fraction of nanoparticles on the velocity and temperature distributions are investigated. The results are presented as the velocity and temperature profiles and local and average Nusselt numbers. The results demonstrate that the heat transfer rate and Nusselt number increase with the Reynolds number and the intensity of the magnetic field. Also, an enhancement in the volume fraction of nanoparticles and the slip coefficient leads to an increase in the heat transfer rate.


Microchannel Triangular ribs Forced convection Nanofluid Magnetic field Slip velocity 

List of symbols


Dimensionless slip coefficient


Magnetic field strength (T)


Specific heat (J/kg K)


The height of ribs (μm)


Microchannel height (μm)


Hartmann number


Microchannel length (μm)


Nusselt number


Prandtl number


Reynolds number


Distance between the ribs (μm)


Temperature (K)

u, v

Velocity components (m/s)


Inlet nanofluid velocity (m/s)


Slip velocity of nanofluid (m/s)


Base length of the ribs (μm)

x, y

Coordinate axis (μm)

Greek symbols


Slip coefficient (μm)


Volume fraction of nanoparticles


Dynamic viscosity (N s/m2)


Dimensionless temperature


Density (kg/m3)


Kinematic viscosity (m2/s)


Thermal diffusivity

Super- and sub-scripts




Mean value



1 Introduction

In recent decades, microchannels have been used for heat rejection in various scientific and engineering applications, including medical applications, ink jet printers, and micro electromechanical devices [1, 2]. On the other hand, the use of nanofluids as a coolant fluid has recently become more of a concern for researchers due to the increase in the heat transfer and generation of uniform temperature and subsequently the reduction of thermal resistance. The addition of nanoparticles into the base fluid usually results in an increase in the viscosity. Akbarinia et al. [3] demonstrated that the viscosity increases with the volume fraction of nanoparticles (φ). Several studies have shown that heat transfer increases with φ and Reynolds number (Re) [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]. Also, it was reported that the Nusselt number (Nu) increases by increasing the slip velocity (us) on the microchannel walls [12, 13, 14, 15]. In addition, the magnetic field can be applied to increase the heat transfer rate between the nanofluid and the microchannel walls. Previous studies revealed that as the magnetic field intensity increases, us and Nu increase [16, 17]. Sheikholeslami [17] studied the influence of nanoparticle shapes on convection heat transfer of CuO/water nanofluid under the effect of magnetic field. He demonstrated that Platelet-shaped nanoparticles lead to maximum heat transfer. Many researchers investigated the heat transfer rate of different nanofluids in various geometries in the absence or presence of external forces [18, 19, 20, 21, 22]. For example, Nikkhah et al. [18] evaluated the effect of oscillating heat flux and slip boundary conditions on forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWCNT nanofluid. They revealed that Nu enhances with φ, Re, and slip coefficient. It can be concluded that heat transfer rate in a microchannel is a function of φ, Re, slip coefficient and magnetic field.

On the other hand, flow disruption due to ribs, grooves, dimple surfaces, etc. results in an increase in the heat transfer through microchannels. Due to the high thermal efficiency, ribbed channels have a lot of applications in cross-flow heat exchangers, gas turbine, solar heaters and air-cooled nuclear reactors. Using the ribs on the inner surface of the heat exchangers leads to a reduction in thermal resistance and an increase in heat transfer. This is because of breaking the sub layer and creating local turbulent flow due to flow separation. Vanaki and Mohammed [23] studied forced convection of a nanofluid in a channel with different shapes of transverse ribs. Their results showed that performance evaluation criteria (PEC) is strongly influenced by the geometric parameters of the ribs. Safaei et al. [24] studied the laminar flow of water/copper nanofluid in a rectangular microchannel and demonstrated that the friction coefficient decreases with the slope of the ribs. Heydari et al. [25] evaluated the impact of attack angle of triangular ribs on heat transfer of water/Ag nanofluid and showed that as the angle of attack increases, heat transfer is improved. Shamsi et al. [26] studied the heat transfer of non-Newtonian water/CMC nanofluid in a rectangular microchannel with triangular ribs for different attack angles. Their results revealed that the average Nusselt number increases by 1.5% for Re = 5 and the attack angle of 30°. Shiriny et al. [27] showed that Nu and us increase with the injection angle in a microchannel. Dewan and Sirvastava [28] reviewed the heat transfer enhancement in microchannels due to flow disruption caused by channel shape, ribs, grooves, porous mediums, etc. It is worth noting that grooves and ribs (baffles) are also used to enhance mixing efficiency in micromixers, for example the references [29, 30, 31, 32].

In the present study, forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWCNT nanofluid is studied numerically inside a rectangular microchannel with triangular ribs under the influence of a magnetic field. The ribs have constant temperature surface and insulated one. The effects of various parameters such as Re, Hartman number (Ha), φ and slip coefficient on heat transfer are investigated.

2 Problem statement

A two-dimensional and horizontal rectangular microchannel (L × H) is considered as shown in Fig. 1. Water/FMWCNT nanofluid with the velocity of uc and the temperature of Tc = 298 K enters the microchannel. On the lower wall of the microchannel, four triangular ribs with a height of d = 0.5 μm, width of w = 0.5 μm and the distance of s = 2.5 μm are designed. One of the rib walls has constant temperature of Th = 303 K and the other one is insulated. The length between the microchannel inlet and the first rib is Li = 10 μm. The length between the last rib and the channel outlet is Lo = 15.5 μm. The flow inside the microchannel is considered as laminar and steady due to low Reynolds numbers considered in the present study. The slip boundary condition is used for upper and lower walls of the microchannel. A uniform magnetic field with an intensity of Bo is applied to the nanofluid flow. In this study, two different models A and B are considered for the arrangement of ribs (see Fig. 1). In addition, thermophysical properties of the nanofluid are presented in Table 1.
Fig. 1

Schematic of the microchannel

Table 1

Thermophysical properties of water/FMWCNT nanofluid [16]

\(\phi \left( \% \right)\)

\(\uprho_{\text{nf}} \left( {{\text{kg}}/{\text{m}}^{3} } \right)\)

\(\upmu_{\text{nf}} \left( {{\text{Pa}}\,{\text{s}}} \right)\)

\({\text{k}}_{\text{nf}} \left( {{\text{W}}/{\text{m}}\,{\text{K}}} \right)\)



7.65 × 10−4




7.80 × 10−4




7.95 × 10−4


3 Governing equations

The governing equations for steady and laminar nanofluid flow inside a microchannel include continuity, momentum and energy equations and equations:

Continuity equation:
$$\frac{\partial u}{\partial x} + \frac{\partial v}{\partial y} = 0$$
Momentum equation in the x-direction:
$$u\frac{\partial u}{\partial x} + v\frac{\partial u}{\partial y} = - \frac{1}{{\rho_{nf} }}\frac{\partial p}{\partial x} + \vartheta_{nf} \left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} u}}{{\partial x^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} u}}{{\partial y^{2} }}} \right) - \frac{{\sigma_{nf } B_{0}^{2} }}{{\rho_{nf} }}u$$
where \(\sigma_{nf } = 4.99 \times 10^{ - 2} \;{\text{S}}/{\text{cm}}\) is electrical conductivity of nanofluid [16]. \(B_{o }\) indicates the intensity of the magnetic field.
Momentum equation in the y-direction:
$$v\frac{\partial v}{\partial x} + v\frac{\partial v}{\partial y} = - \frac{1}{{\rho_{nf} }}\frac{\partial p}{\partial y} + \vartheta_{nf} \left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} v}}{{\partial x^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} v}}{{\partial y^{2} }}} \right)$$
Energy equation:
$$u\frac{\partial T}{\partial x} + v\frac{\partial T}{\partial y} = \alpha_{nf} \left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} T}}{{\partial x^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} T}}{{\partial y^{2} }}} \right)$$
Governing boundary conditions are as follows:
$$\begin{aligned} u = u_{c} , v = 0 , T = T_{c} \; \quad {\text{For}}\;x = 0, 0 \le y \le H \hfill \\ \frac{\partial u}{\partial x} = 0 , v = 0 ,\frac{{\partial {\text{T}}}}{\partial x} = 0 \; \quad {\text{For}}\;x = L, 0 \le y \le H \hfill \\ u = u_{s} , v = 0 , \frac{\partial T}{\partial y} = 0 \; \quad {\text{For}}\;0 \le x \le L, y = 0 \hfill \\ u = u_{s} ,\;~v = 0,\;~\frac{{\partial T}}{{\partial y}} = 0\;\quad {\text{For}}\;0 \le x \le L, y = H \end{aligned}$$
where \(u_{s}\) is slip velocity that is calculated using the following relation:
$$u_{s} = \pm \beta \left( {\frac{\partial u}{\partial y}} \right)_{y = 0,h}$$
where \(\beta\) is slip coefficient. The positive and negative signs are respectively related to the lower and upper walls of the microchannel.
By defining the following parameters, the above equations are non-dimensionalized:
$$\begin{aligned} X & = \frac{x}{h} ,\;Y = \frac{y}{h} ,\; U = \frac{u}{{u_{i} }},\; V = \frac{v}{{u_{i} }},\;H = \frac{h}{h},\;L = \frac{l}{h},\;B = \frac{\beta }{h} \\ \theta & = \frac{{T - T_{c} }}{{T_{h} - T_{c} }} , \;P = \frac{p}{{\rho_{nf} u_{i}^{2} }} ,Re = \frac{{u_{i} h}}{{\vartheta_{nf} }},Pr = \frac{{\vartheta_{nf} }}{{\alpha_{nf} }},Ha = B_{0} h\left( {\frac{{\sigma_{nf} }}{{\mu_{nf} }}} \right)^{0.5} \\ \end{aligned}$$
Hence, the dimensionless governing equations are as follows:
$$\frac{\partial U}{\partial X} + \frac{\partial V}{\partial Y} = 0$$
$$U\frac{\partial U}{\partial X} + V\frac{\partial U}{\partial Y} = - \frac{\partial P}{\partial X} + \frac{{\vartheta_{nf} }}{{\vartheta_{f} Re}}\left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} U}}{{\partial X^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} U}}{{\partial Y^{2} }}} \right) - \frac{{\rho_{f} }}{{\rho_{nf} }}\frac{{\sigma_{nf} }}{{\sigma_{nf} }}\frac{{Ha^{2} }}{Re}U$$
$$U\frac{\partial V}{\partial X} + V\frac{\partial V}{\partial Y} = - \frac{\partial P}{\partial Y} + \frac{{\vartheta_{nf} }}{{\vartheta_{f} Re}}\left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} V}}{{\partial X^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} V}}{{\partial Y^{2} }}} \right)$$
$$U\frac{\partial \theta }{\partial X} + Y\frac{\partial \theta }{\partial Y} = \frac{{\alpha_{nf} }}{{\alpha_{f} Re.Pr}}\left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} \theta }}{{\partial X^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} \theta }}{{\partial Y^{2} }}} \right)$$
where \(\vec{F} = \vec{J} \times \vec{B}\) is the Lorentz force and \(\vec{J} = \sigma_{nf} \left( {\vec{E} + \vec{V} \times \vec{B}} \right)\) is induced electric current due to the electrical conductivity under the magnetic field. \(\vec{V}\) is the velocity vector, \(\vec{E}\) is the electric field, and \(\vec{B}\) is the magnetic field. In this study, \(\vec{E}\) is zero because of the absence of the external electric field.
In addition, non-dimensional governing boundary conditions are as follows:
$$\begin{aligned} U = 1, \;V = 0,\;\theta = 0 \;\quad {\text{For}}\;X = 0, 0 \le Y \le 1 \hfill \\ \frac{\partial U}{\partial X} = 0, \;V = 0 ,\frac{\partial \theta }{\partial X} = 0\;\quad {\text{For}}\;X = \frac{L}{H} , 0 \le Y \le 1 \hfill \\ U = U_{s} ,\;V = 0 , \frac{\partial \theta }{\partial Y} = 0\;\quad {\text{For}}\;0 \le X \le \frac{L}{H} , Y = 0 \hfill \\ U = U_{s} , V = 0 , \frac{\partial \theta }{\partial Y} = 0 \;\quad {\text{For}}\;0 \le X \le \frac{L}{H}, Y = 1 \hfill \\ \end{aligned}$$
Dimensionless slip velocity is calculated as:
$$U_{s} = \pm B\left( {\frac{\partial U}{\partial Y}} \right)_{Y = 0,1}$$
The density of nanofluid is obtained using the model proposed by Pak and Cho [33]:
$$\rho_{nf} = \left( {1 - \phi } \right)\rho_{f} + \phi \rho_{s}$$
Thermal diffusion coefficient is calculated using the following relation:
$$\alpha_{nf} = \frac{{k_{nf} }}{{\left( {\rho c_{p} } \right)_{nf} }}$$
Buongiorno model is used to determine the specific heat of the nanofluid [34]:
$$\left( {\rho c_{p} } \right)_{nf} = \left( {1 - \phi } \right)\left( {\rho c_{p} } \right)_{f} + \phi \left( {\rho c_{p} } \right)_{s}$$
To calculate the viscosity and effective thermal conductivity of the nanofluid, Brinkman model [35] and Chon model [16] are considered, respectively:
$$\mu_{nf} = \frac{{\mu_{f} }}{{\left( {1 - \phi } \right)^{0.25} }}$$
$$\frac{{k_{nf} }}{{k_{f} }} = 1 + 64.7 \times \phi^{0.7460} \left( {\frac{{d_{f} }}{{d_{p} }}} \right)^{0.3690} \left( {\frac{{k_{s} }}{{k_{f} }}} \right)^{0.7476} \left( {\frac{\mu }{{\rho_{f} \alpha_{f} }}} \right)^{0.9955} \left( {\frac{{\rho_{f} B_{c} T}}{{3\pi \mu^{2} l_{BF} }}} \right)^{1.2321}$$
where \(l_{BF}\) is free path of base fluid molecules, \(B_{C} = 1.3807 \times 10^{ - 23} \;{\text{J}}/{\text{K}}\) is Boltzmann constant and \(\mu\) is calculated using the following relation:
$$\mu = A\left( {10^{{\frac{B}{T - C}}} } \right), C = 140 \left( {\text{K}} \right) , B = 247 \left( {\text{K}} \right) , \;A = 2.414\left( {10^{ - 5} } \right) \left( {{\text{Pa}}\;{\text{s}}} \right)$$
Electrical conductivity of the nanofluid is determined as follows:
$$\frac{{\sigma_{nf} }}{{\sigma_{f} }} = 1 + \frac{{3\left( {\sigma_{s} /\sigma_{f} - 1} \right)\varphi }}{{\left( {\sigma_{s} /\sigma_{f} + 2} \right) - \left( {\sigma_{s} /\sigma_{f} - 1} \right)\varphi }}$$
And local Nusselt number (Nux) and average Nusselt number (Num) are defined as follows, respectively:
$$Nu_{x} = - \frac{{k_{nf} }}{{k_{f} }}\left( {\frac{\partial \theta }{\partial Y}} \right)_{Y = 1}$$
$$Nu_{m} = \frac{1}{L}\mathop \smallint \limits_{0}^{L} Nu_{x} dX$$

4 Numerical method

The governing equations are solved using finite volume method. The second order upwind scheme is employed for discretization. In addition, SIMPLEC algorithm is used for coupling the pressure and velocity fields. The criterion of the convergence is assumed to be less than 10−6 for the residuals.

5 Grid study

An unstructured grid is used to discretize the computational domain. Then, Num is calculated at Re = 10 for different grid resolutions as shown in Table 2. The results for the grid resolutions of 30,100 and 100,000 are approximately the same, so the one with 30,100 grid points is selected for further simulations. It should be pointed out that the criterion to select the appropriate grid resolution is that the maximum error be less than 2% for Num.
Table 2

Num for different grid resolutions

Number of grid points












6 Validation

To verify the present study, the present results are compared with those of Afrand et al. [16] who studied the effect of the magnetic field on forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWNT nanofluid in a microchannel. The non-dimensional velocity profile is plotted in Fig. 2, where Re = 20, φ = 0.0025, the slip coefficient B = 0.005 for Ha = 0 and Ha = 40. In addition, Fig. 3 illustrates the variations of Nux along the microchannel wall for Ha = 40. The figures indicate that there are excellent agreement between the results obtained from the present simulations and those reported by Afrand et al. [16].
Fig. 2

Non-dimensional velocity profile in a microchannel for Re = 20, φ = 0.0025, B = 0.005 and Ha = 0 and Ha = 40

Fig. 3

Nux along the microchannel wall Re = 20, φ = 0.0025, B = 0.005 and Ha = 40

The present simulations are compared with the experimental results of Esmaili et al. [36] who investigated the influence of ribs on heat transfer rate in a microchannel experimentally (Fig. 4). This figure demonstrates that as Re enhances Nu increases. The present results are in very good agreement with experimental data.
Fig. 4

Nu along the microchannel versus Re

7 Results

Forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWNT nanofluid in the rectangular microchannel shown in Fig. 1 is numerically investigated. The ribs involve a constant temperature surface and an isolated one. According to Fig. 1, two models are considered for the ribs: in model A, the nanofluid collides first with the insulated surface and in model B, it reaches first the surface with the temperature Th. Effect of the magnetic field, Re, slip coefficient and φ on the velocity and temperature fields and Nu are evaluated.

Figure 5 shows the variations of us on outlet cross-section of the microchannel in the absence of the magnetic field for φ = 0, Re = 10 and different slip coefficients. The maximum velocity occurs at the center of the channel. It decreases with the slip coefficient due to an increase in us on the microchannel walls. Based on the mass conservation law, as us increases in the vicinity of the walls, the maximum velocity decreases at the channel center. By applying the magnetic field, the Lorentz force is exerted in the opposite direction of nanofluid flow, leading to an increase in the us close to the walls of the microchannel due to a reduction in the nanofluid velocity at the channel center. Velocity distribution is plotted in Fig. 6 for φ = 0.0025, Re = 10, B = 0.01 and various values of Ha. An increase in Ha leads to the formation of a uniform flow core from Y ≈ 0.15 to Y ≈ 0.85, indicating an increase in the nanofluid velocity in the vicinity of walls.
Fig. 5

Non-dimensional slip velocity for Re = 10, φ = 0, Ha = 0 and different slip coefficients

Fig. 6

Non-dimensional slip velocity for Re = 10, φ = 0.0025, B = 0.01 and different values of Ha

Figure 7 shows the variations in dimensionless slip velocity along the microchannel walls for Re = 10, Ha = 0, φ = 0 and various slip coefficients. us is maximum at the entrance, and then decreases with flow through the channel. As the flow passes through each rib, us increases. After that it decreases when the nanofluid flow away from the ribs. This process continues until us reaches a constant value at the microchannel outlet. Also, it is found that us increases along the channel walls by increasing the slip coefficient.
Fig. 7

Non-dimensional slip velocity along the microchannel for Re = 10, φ = 0, Ha = 0 and different slip coefficients

By applying the magnetic field and generation of the Lorentz force in the opposite direction of the flow, us increases at the microchannel walls (Fig. 8). us on the lower wall decreases due to flow separation and formation of reverse flows behind the ribs. As Ha increases, us increases.
Fig. 8

Non-dimensional slip velocity along the microchannel for Re = 10, ∅ = 0.0025, B = 0.01 and different values of Ha

Figure 9 displays the dimensionless velocity contour for different values of Ha. It should be noted that only the contours around the third rib are provided for the clarity. As the intensity of the magnetic field decreases, the flow velocity on the central line of the microchannel and the density of streamlines in the area decrease. When the flow collides with the ribs, a vortical flow is generated at the rear of the ribs and the streamlines move towards the walls. It is observed that the vortical flow region between the ribs decreases by increasing Ha and increasing the velocity in the vicinity of the wall between the ribs. In other words, the vortex strength decreases and nanofluid flow remains more close to the ribs as Ha increases (Lorentz force increases).
Fig. 9

Dimensionless velocity contours on the third rib for Re = 10, φ = 0.0025, B = 0.01 and: a Ha = 0, b Ha = 20, and c Ha = 40

In Fig. 10, the dimensionless temperature contours are shown around the first rib for Re = 10, φ = 0.0025, B = 0.01 and different values of Ha. As can be seen, the thickness of the thermal boundary layer decreases and hence the heat transfer rate increases with the increase in the magnetic field intensity. As the Lorentz force increase, the nanofluid flow occupies more regions between the ribs, the vortical area becomes smaller and the nanofluid floe remains more in the vicinity of hot walls. Figure 11 reveals that an increase in Re results in a reduction in the thickness of thermal boundary layer, leading to an increase in the temperature gradient. Therefore, the heat transfer rate and Nux increase. By passing the flow through the ribs and increasing the temperature gradient, Nux increases. When the flow passes through the insulated walls of the channel, the heat transfer rate and Nux tend to be zero. Heat transfer performance of two rib models is compared in Fig. 12 for Re = 10, φ = 0.0025 and B = 0.01 in the absence of magnetic field. The negative value of Nux for model A is higher than that for model B. Hence, the heat transfer rate is higher when model A is used in comparison with the situation in which model B is employed.
Fig. 10

Dimensionless temperature contours on the first rib for Re = 10, φ = 0.0025, B = 0.01 and: a Ha = 0, b Ha = 20, and c Ha = 40

Fig. 11

Nux for model A of ribs at φ = 0.0025, B = 0, Ha = 0 and different values of Re

Fig. 12

Num for model A and model B of ribs at ∅ = 0.0025, B = 0, Re = 10 and Ha = 0

In Fig. 13, Num is shown in terms of the slip coefficient for Ha = 0, Re = 10 and various volume fractions of solid nanoparticles. It is demonstrated that Num between the nanofluid and constant temperature surface of ribs and higher temperature gradient. One of the important results obtained in this study is the difference between the slip coefficients for these two models. It is concluded that Num decreases with slip coefficient for model A. However, it increases with the slip coefficient for model B. The reason can be explained as follows: as the slip coefficient and thus the fluid velocity on the surface increase, the flow separation occurs faster for the model A compared to the model B. In addition, an increase in the φ leads to an enhancement of thermal conductivity. Thus, Num increases. This is valid for the models A and B.
Fig. 13

Num versus slip coefficient for Ha = 0, Re = 10 and various volume fractions of nanoparticles

Num versus Ha is plotted in Fig. 14 for B = 0, Re = 10 and various volume fractions of nanoparticles. As the magnetic force is applied, the Lorentz force is generated in the opposite direction of the nanofluid flow due to the electrical conductivity of nanoparticles and the base fluid, leading to a reduction in the nanofluid velocity. Thus, the nanofluid remains more in the vicinity of hot surfaces of the ribs, resulting in an increase in the heat transfer rate and Num. As the nanofluid flows through the channel, it is heated and the temperature gradient decreases. Hence, the slope of Num diagram is reduced. Also, by comparing Num for the two models A and B, it is concluded that when Ha increases, Num increases by the same slope approximately.
Fig. 14

Num versus Ha for B = 0, Re = 10 and various volume fractions of nanoparticles

In Fig. 15, the variations of Num are plotted as a function of Re for various volume fractions of solid nanoparticles in the absence of magnetic fields and slip coefficient for two models A and B. It is observed that the penetration of the streamlines increases behind the ribs by increasing Re (increasing of the inertial force). Therefore, the vortical flows are strengthened, leading to a reduction in the thickness of the hydrodynamic and thermal boundary layers. As a result, the temperature gradient increases and heat transfer and Num increase. In the model B, heat transfer is higher than model A due to higher contact between hot surfaces and the nanofluid.
Fig. 15

Num versus Re in the absence of magnetic field and slip coefficient

8 Discussion

Heat transfer mechanisms in microchannels are categorized as active or passive methods [37]. Active microdevices use external actuators such as magnetic field, electrical field, etc. to drive the fluid and enhance the heat transfer rate. Passive ones work based on their geometries [30, 31]. Grooved/ribbed surfaces are commonly employed in passive devices to improve the mixing rate, making the fluid flow to disturb and to improve the thermal performance. Forced convection heat transfer of different nanofluids in microchannels with various types of ribs has been investigated by many researchers. The ribs are embedded on the walls of microchannels to enhance the surface contact between the fluid flow and the walls [2]. On the other hand, the rib-roughened regions cause the velocity to increase, leading to an enhancement in the Nusselt number [16]. The ribs do not allow the thermal boundary layer to form completely. Thus, thermal performance is improved. Since the thermal conductivity of conventional fluid is not too high, nanofluids are employed to increase the thermal conductivity and therefore to improve the heat transfer rate [16]. In the present work, asymmetric boundary conditions were employed on the surfaces of the triangular ribs to evaluate their effect on thermal performance on nanofluid flow in the microchannel. Since previous researchers did not consider assymetric boundary conditions in ribbed microchannels, this effect on the heat transfer rate was evaluated in the present simulations. It was found that the location of heated surface has considerable effect on thermal behavior of the nanofluid. It was concluded that detachment and reattachment of the fluid flow in rib-roughened region is higher for model B. In other words, if nanofluid flow first collides with the insulated surface of the ribs, the tabulator height and friction coefficient [38, 39] are smaller than that when the fluid flow interacts first with the heated surface of the ribs.

9 Conclusions

The present paper investigated forced convection heat transfer of water/FMWCNT nanofluid inside a rectangular microchannel with triangular ribs mounted on the lower wall numerically. Two models of ribs were considered based on the location of constant temperature and insulated surfaces of the ribs. The effect of magnetic field, Re, slip coefficient and φ on the velocity and temperature fields were evaluated. The main results were obtained as follows: An increase in Re leads to an increase in the slip velocity, Nux and Num. As the magnetic field is applied, the Lorentz force is generated in the opposite direction of the nanofluid flow, leading to a reduction in the slip velocity and an enhancement in the accumulation of nanoparticles in the regions near the microchannel walls. Hence, the temperature gradient, Nux and Num increase. It was found that Nux and Num increase with Ha and φ. As us increases, the heat transfer increases for model B and decreases for model A. The enhancement of Num for model A is smaller than that for model B when Re increases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Afshin Shiriny
    • 1
  • Morteza Bayareh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Afshin Ahmadi Nadooshan
    • 1
  • Dariush Bahrami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringShahrekord UniversityShahrekordIran

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