Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Gorla, Rama Subba Reddy

Subject Headings

Heat -- Transmission, Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Microchannel, Power-law fluids

Abstract

The present study examines heat transfer in electro-osmotic flow of power-law fluids in a micro-channel analytically. The boundary layer equations governing the flow of power-law fluids in a micro-channel have been solved. Heat transfer characteristics such as the temperature distribution and Nusselt number are presented for parametric values of electro-kinetic parameter kH(where k-1 is the Debye length and H is semi-channel height of the micro-channel) and Brinkman number. Uniform surface heat flux boundary condition has been considered. The effects of the Brinkman number on the Nusselt number for specific values of the flow behavior index (n) are analytically determined. This analysis has been carried out for two different cases: Case I - kH < 1,0 < ky < 1, Case II - kH > 1, (a) 0 <̲ ky< 1 and (b) ky >1and the results are presented graphically

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