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Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 79, Issue 3, pp 319–334 | Cite as

Combined Forced and Free Convective Flow in a Vertical Porous Channel: The Effects of Viscous Dissipation and Pressure Work

  • A. BarlettaEmail author
  • D. A. Nield
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Abstract

Buoyant flow is analysed for a vertical fluid saturated porous layer bounded by an isothermal plane and an isoflux plane in the case of a fully developed flow with a parallel velocity field. The effects of viscous dissipation and pressure work are taken into account in the framework of the Oberbeck–Boussinesq approximation scheme and of the Darcy flow model. Momentum and energy balances are combined in a dimensionless nonlinear ordinary differential equation solved numerically by a Runge–Kutta method. Both cases of upward pressure force (upward driven flows) and of downward pressure force (downward driven flows) are examined. The thermal behaviour for upward driven flows and downward driven flows is quite different. For upward driven flows, the combined effects of viscous dissipation and pressure work may produce a net cooling of the fluid even in the case of a positive heat input from the isoflux wall. For downward driven flows, viscous dissipation and pressure work yield a net heating of the fluid. A general reflection on the roles played by the effects of viscous dissipation and pressure work with respect to the Oberbeck–Boussinesq approximation is proposed.

Keywords

Mixed convection Laminar flow Porous media Viscous dissipation Pressure work Analytical solution 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale (DIENCA)Università di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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