This paper aims to investigate the Rayleigh-Bénard convection of Al2O3/water nanofluids in a cavity considering the sedimentation, thermophoresis, and Brownian motion. For this purpose, a numerical simulation is carried out using finite volume method to obtain the flow patterns and heat transfer characteristics of nanofluid flow inside the cavity. The results are presented for volume fractions up to 4%, Rayleigh numbers between 104 and 8×104 where the temperature difference between top and bottom walls is between 2 and 10°C. To validate the numerical solution, comparisons are made between the numerical results and experimental data available in the literature. The comparisons unfold that the results of numerical work are in a good agreement with the previous experimental results.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Oct|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics