Effect of Chemical Reaction on Mixed Convective Nanofluid Flow on a Vertical Plate with Uniform Heat and Mass Fluxes
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School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of KwaZula-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsvile, Pietermaritzburg-, 3209, South Africa
Department of Mathematics, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Chennai Campus, Chennai-, 600127, Tamil Nadu, India
Online publication date: 2019-06-03
Publication date: 2019-06-01
International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering 2019;24(2):329–342
The purpose of this paper is to consider a two dimensional free convective flow of a nanofluid due to the combined effects of thermal and mass diffusion in the presence of a chemical reaction of first order. The objective of the present investigation is to analyze the free convective flow in the presence of prescribed wall heat flux and mass flux condition. The governing equations of the linear momentum, energy equation and concentration are obtained in a dimensionless form by introducing a suitable group of similarity transformations. The transformed coupled non-linear ordinary differential equations are solved numerically by using appropriate boundary conditions for the various values of physical parameters. Computations are performed for a wide range of values of the various governing flow parameters of the velocity, temperature and species concentration profiles and results are presented graphically. Numerical results for the skin friction coefficient and local Nusselt number are also presented and analyzed in detail. The obtained results are compared with previously published work and are found to be in excellent agreement. The results are a very useful source of information for researchers on the subject of a free convective flow of a nanofluid. This paper illustrates chemical reaction effects on free convective flow of a nanofluid from a vertical plate with uniform heat and mass fluxes.
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