Computation of Eyring-Powell micropolar convective boundary layer flow from an inverted non-isothermal cone : thermal polymer coating simulation

Gaffar, SA, Khan, BMH, Beg, OA ORCID:, Kadir, A and Prasad, VR 2020, 'Computation of Eyring-Powell micropolar convective boundary layer flow from an inverted non-isothermal cone : thermal polymer coating simulation' , Computational Thermal Sciences: An International Journal, 12 (4) , pp. 329-344.

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Thermal coating of components with non-Newtonian materials is a rich area of chemical and process mechanical engineering. Many different rheological characteristics can be simulated for such coatings with a variety of different mathematical models. In this work we study the steady-state coating flow and heat transfer of a non-Newtonian liquid (polymer) on an inverted isothermal cone with variable wall temperature. The Eringen micropolar and three-parameter Eyring-Powell models are combined to simulate microstructural and shear characteristics of the polymer. The governing partial differential conservation equations and wall and free stream boundary conditions are rendered into dimensionless form and solved computationally with the KellerBox finite difference method (FDM). Validation with earlier Newtonian solutions from the literature is also included. Graphical and tabulated results are presented to study the variations of fluid velocity, micro-rotation (angular velocity), temperature, skin friction, wall couple stress (micro-rotation gradient) and wall heat transfer rate. With increasing values of the first Eyring-Powell parameter temperatures are elevated, micro-rotation is suppressed and velocities are enhanced near the cone surface but reduced further into the boundary layer. Increasing values of the second Eyring-Powell parameter induce strong flow deceleration, decrease temperatures but enhance micro-rotation values. An increase in non-isothermal power law index suppresses velocities, temperatures and micro-rotations i.e. all transport characteristics are maximum for the isothermal case (n =0). Increasing Eringen vortex viscosity parameter significantly enhances temperatures and also micro-rotations. The present numerical simulations find applications in thermal polymer coating operations and industrial deposition techniques and provide a useful benchmark for more general computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Computational Thermal Sciences: An International Journal
Publisher: Begell House Publishers
ISSN: 1940-2503
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Depositing User: OA Beg
Date Deposited: 27 May 2020 08:24
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:42

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