Studies on Transport Phenomena in Polymer Solutions and Suspensions Flowing Through Tubes of Tortuous Wall Geometry
Heat and Mass Transfer ( Wärme und Stoffübertragung ), Vol.50, Issue 2, 161-168, 2014. DOI 10.1007/s00231-013-1238-4.
Posted: 17 Feb 2014
Date Written: September 28, 2013
Attempts have been made to analyse the momentum and heat transfer characteristics in tortuous flow of non-Newtonian fluids such as suspensions and polymer solutions through tubes of diverging-converging geometry. The results of the study indicate that the transfer coefficients are significantly higher in such systems as compared to the conventional couette flow (through uniform cylindrical tubes). Moreover, the simultaneous increase in pressure drop due to the tortuous wall geometry has been observed to be relatively insignificant. Fluids with different rheological characteristics such as Bingham plastic fluids, pseudoplastic fluids, Ellis model fluids and fluids obeying Reiner-Philippoff rheology have been studied. The specific advantages of these geometries in providing enhanced performance efficiency have been effectively highlighted.
Keywords: Diverging-converging tubes, Non-Newtonian flow, Heat transfer augmentation, Pressure drop penalty
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