Magnetohydrodynamics mixed convection in a power law nanofluid-filled triangular cavity with an opening using Tiwari and Das’ nanofluid model



Numerical simulation of mixed convection heat transfer in a lid-driven triangular cavity filled with power law nanofluid and with an opening was performed under the effect of an inclined magnetic field. The left vertical wall of the cavity moves in + y-direction, and the bottom wall of the cavity is partially heated. Galerkin weighted residual finite element method was used to solve the governing equations. Influence of Richardson number, Hartmann number, inclination angle, opening ratio and nanoparticle volume fraction on the fluid flow and heat transfer is examined for various power law indices. It was observed that average heat transfer deteriorates as the value of Richardson number and Hartmann number enhances. At the lowest value of Richardson number, the discrepancy between the average heat transfer corresponding to different power law indices is higher. The inclination angle of the magnetic field where the minimum of the average Nusselt number is seen depends on the fluid type. Average heat transfer number is the highest for the highest value of the opening ratio. The average Nusselt number enhances with solid particle volume fraction, and there are slight variations in the reduction in the average Nusselt number when base fluid and nanofluid are considered for various power law indices.


Mixed convection Nanofluid Magnetic field Power law fluid Opening Finite element method 

List of symbols

\(\mathbf {B}_0\)

Magnetic field strength


Grashof number


Local heat transfer coefficient (\(\hbox {W m}^{-2}\; \hbox {K}^{-1}\))


Hartmann number


Thermal conductivity (W \(\hbox {m}^{-1}\; \hbox {K}^{-1}\))


Length of the enclosure (m)


Length of the heater (m)


Consistency coefficient


Power law index


Local Nusselt number


Average Nusselt number


Pressure (Pa)


Prandtl number


Reynolds number


Richardson number


Temperature (K)

u, v

xy velocity components (m \(\hbox {s}^{-1}\))

x, y

Cartesian coordinates (m)

Greek letters


Thermal diffusivity (\(\hbox {m}^2\hbox { s}^{-1}\))


Expansion coefficient (\(\hbox {K}^{-1}\))


Inclination angle (°)


Kinematic viscosity (\(\hbox {m}^2\hbox { s}^{-1}\))


Non-dimensional temperature


Density of the fluid (\(\hbox {kg m}^{-3}\))


Electrical conductivity (\(\hbox {S m}^{-1}\))









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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringCelal Bayar UniversityManisaTurkey
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering Department, Prince Sultan Endowment for Energy and EnvironmentPrince Mohammad Bin Fahd UniversityAl-KhobarSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.RAK Research and Innovation CenterAmerican University of Ras Al KhaimahRas Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates

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