Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences |

DOI: 10.32604/cmes.2022.017914

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Numerical Simulation of Reiner–Rivlin Nanofluid Flow under the Influence of Thermal Radiation and Activation Energy over a Rotating Disk

1Department of Mathematics, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, 38000, Pakistan

2Department of Sciences & Humanities, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Chiniot-Faisalabad Campus, Faisalabad, 38000, Pakistan

*Corresponding Author: Muhammad Imran. Email: drmimranchaudhry@gmail.com

Received: 16 June 2021; Accepted: 23 November 2021

Abstract: In current study, the numerical computations of Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid flow through a rotational disk under the influence of thermal radiation and Arrhenius activation energy is considered. For innovative physical situations, the motile microorganisms are incorporated too. The multiple slip effects are considered in the boundary conditions. The bioconvection of motile microorganism is utilized alongside nanofluids to provide stability to enhanced thermal transportation. The Bioconvection pattern in various nanoparticles accredits novel applications of biotechnology like the synthesis of biological polymers, biosensors, fuel cells, petroleum engineering, and the natural environment. By deploying some suitable similarity transformation functions, the governing partial differential equations (PDEs) of the flow problem are rehabilitated into dimensionless forms. The accomplished ordinary differential equations (ODEs) are solved numerically through the bvp4c scheme via a built-in function in computational MATLAB software. The upshots of some prominent physical and bioconvection parameters including wall slip parameters, thermophoresis parameter, Brownian motion parameter, Reiner–Revlin nanofluid parameter, Prandtl number, Peclet number, Lewis number, bioconvection Lewis number, and the mixed convection parameter against velocity, temperature, nanoparticles concentration, and density of motile microorganism profiles are dichotomized and pondered through graphs and tables. The presented computations show that the velocity profiles are de-escalated by the wall slip parameters while the thermal and solutal fields are upgraded with augmentation in thermophoresis number and wall slip parameters. The presence of thermal radiation enhances the temperature profile of nanofluid. The concentration profile of nanoparticles is boosted by intensification in activation energy. Furthermore, the increasing values of bioconvection Lewis number and Peclet number decay the motile microorganisms’ field.

Keywords: Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid; bioconvection; motile swimming microorganisms; rotational disk; multiple slip conditions; bvp4c

Nomenclature

Mixed convection parameter | |

b | Chemotaxis constant |

C | Concentration of nanomaterials, molL−1 |

Cf | Skin friction coefficient |

Cw | Concentration of nanomaterials at the surface |

Concentration of nanomaterials away from the surface | |

D | Microorganisms’ diffusion coefficient, m2s−1 |

DB | Brownian diffusion coefficient, m2s−1 |

Dm | Microorganisms’ diffusivity, m2s−1 |

DT | Thermophoresis diffusion coefficient, m2s−1 |

E | Activation energy parameter |

Ea | Activation energy, J |

g* | gravity |

jm | Motile microorganism flux |

jw | Local mass flux, |

Kr | Chemical reaction rate |

k | Thermal conductivity, |

k* | Mean absorption coefficient |

Lb | Bioconvection Lewis number |

Le | Lewis number |

N | Density of microorganisms, m−3 |

Nb | Brownian diffusion parameter |

Nt | Thermophoresis number |

Nu | Local Nusselt number |

Nw | Microorganism concentration at the surface |

Microorganism concentration away from the surface | |

Pe | Peclet number |

Pr | Prandtl number |

qw | Local heat flux, W |

n | Power Law index |

Rb | Bioconvection Rayleigh number |

Rc | Buoyancy ratio parameter |

Rd | Thermal radiation parameter |

r | Radius of disk, m |

Sh | Local Sherwood number |

Sn | Microorganisms’ density number |

T | Temperature of fluid, K |

T0 | Reference temperature of fluid |

Tw | Temperature of fluid at the surface |

Temperature of fluid away from the surface | |

u, v, w | Velocity components, ms−1 |

Wc | Maximum cell swimming speed |

Greek Symbols | |

Reiner–Rivlin fluid parameter | |

Thermal diffusivity, m2s−1 | |

Coefficient of thermal expansion | |

Wall slip parameters | |

Thermal slip coefficient | |

Concentration slip coefficient | |

Microorganisms slip coefficient | |

Temperature difference parameter | |

Microorganism’s difference parameter | |

Stefan–Boltzman constant | |

Dimensionless temperature | |

Dimensionless volume fraction of nanoparticles | |

Dimensionless microorganisms’ density function | |

Similarity variable | |

Density of fluid, kgm−3 | |

Microorganism particles density | |

Heat capacity of nanoparticles, Jm−3 K−1 | |

Heat capacity of base fluid, Jm−3 K−1 | |

Dynamic viscosity of nanoliquid, Nsm−2 | |

Kinematic viscosity of nanoliquid, m2s−1 | |

Angular velocity | |

Subscript | |

Condition at the wall | |

0 | Ambient condition |

Fluid | |

Condition at the free stream |

The flow of spinning disks is critical in both theoretical and practical considerations. In principle, such flows are among the fluid mechanics’ problems that the Navier–Stokes equations may effectively solve. These flows are realistically based on the cases such as geophysics, microbiology, and other industrial implementations such as turbomachinery. Whether the vortex formed, or small eddy motion created automatically leads to the talk of rotating fluids. The flow of spinning disks is typically employed in many tracts viz., nutriment processing, chemical reactors, designing turbines, engine gearing and brake components, disk cleaners, viscometry, medical gadgetry, typical rotating geometry of internal cooling, compressors, rotors, and cyclone separator. The study of the heat transfer phenomenon in the presence of thermal radiation has also achieved great attention by scientists in recent decades. The impact of thermal radiation at high temperatures cannot be denied as it encountered a variety of interesting applications in power generation, solar energy systems, nuclear industries, missiles technology, semiconductor wafers, etc.

Non-Newtonian fluid flows are found more in research and technology than Newtonian fluids. Scientists, biologists, and mathematicians worked tirelessly to explain and grasp the rheological characteristics of non-Newtonian fluids. These fluids have difficult nature of the operation and are complicated to apply in industries owing to their changeable composition. Therefore, this work discusses the bioconvective, steady, and incompressible flow of the Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid over a rotating disk. An empirical approach using a bvp4c method is proposed for the current study. Nanofluid is classified as nanometer-sized particles suspended in normal fluids with a diameter of less than 100 nm. Nanofluids have properties that make them potentially useful in many applications of heat transfer. They exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity and the convective heat transfer coefficient compared to the base fluid. Nanofluids are useful in a variety of science and industrial applications, including biomedicine, automotive cooling, transformer cooling, electrical device cooling, heat exchanger, the development of liquid displays, and nuclear power plants [1 –5]. Hafeez et al. [6] analyzed the stagnation point flow of Oldroyd-B fluid over a rotatory disk. Hayat et al. [7] studied the influence of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) 3-dimensional flow of nanoliquids and thermal transport of convective boundary conditions. Ellahi et al. [8] investigated slip’s role in two-phase nanofluid flow. Alsaedi et al. [9] examined entropy production in MHD Eyring–Powell nanofluid flow because of viscous dissipation, nonlinear mixed convection, and Joule heating. Khan et al. [10] studied the effect of thermal and solutal transport behavior in the Maxwell flow of nanofluid on the solar radiative expansion surface. Gireesha et al. [11] created a numerical model of nonlinearly thermal radiation as well as chemical reactions on a Maxwell nanofluid layer. Heat and mass diffusion of Maxwell nanoparticles were combinedly studied by Khan et al. [12] as they traveled through a linearly stretching surface. Nadeem et al. [13] analyze numerically the heat transformation process for Maxwell nanofluids. Khan et al. [14] investigate the impact of nonlinear heat radiation with nanomaterials and Arrhenius activation energy on the flowing of a generalized 2nd-grade nanofluid. Alghamdi [15] investigated the erratic flow of carbon nanotubes-type fluids between two moveable discs. Ullah et al. [16] proposed a computational model of the Darcy–Forchheimer nanoliquids motion by a rotating disc with partial slip. Tabassum et al. [17] investigated the numerical behavior of non-Newtonian Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid partial slip and heat transportation basis on a spinning disc. Attempts [18–20] offer more detail on the Reiner–Rivlin fluid.

Bioconvection models (swimming of motile microorganisms) have a crucial role in various real life-fields including model construction, pharmaceutical manufacturing, hydrodynamics system, sedimentary waterways, micro-fluidics machines, biofuels, food processing, gas-bearing, hydrodynamics fabrication, microbial increased oil recovery, lubrication materials, polymer construction, etc. Microorganisms are used in medicines as antibiotics and help to create vaccines. Furthermore, there has been reported to be a great combination of nanoliquids and bioconvective processes. The bioconvection of motile microorganisms is utilized alongside nanofluids to provide stability to enhanced thermal transportation. Microorganism particles are used in a wide range of commercial and industrial product categories, such as ethanol, biodiesel, biofuels, microsystems, and bio-fertilizers. Ansari et al. [21] scrutinized the effects of motile swimming microorganisms and nanomaterials over the bioconvection magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) movement of Casson-type liquid at the nonlinearly stretched boundary. Rashad et al. [22] addressed the bio-convection process in nanoliquid flow by the circular cylinder. The mass movement of steady incompressible MHD liquid immediately the stagnation level with the deferral of microscopic particles under the stretchable surface is evaluated by Mamatha et al. [23]. Iqbal et al. [24] discussed the effect of motile gyrotactic microorganisms absorbed in the nanoliquid is often by control of mass flux, bio-convection, as well as energy convection. Kasaragadda et al. [25] inspected the consequence of highly hydrophobic surfaces on the acceptance of nanoparticle-reinforced biomaterial structures. Waqas et al. [26] used both cylinder and plate to observe the bioconvective flow by considering Wu’s slip conditions. Amirsom et al. [27] focused on a bi-axial stretched layer for the 3-dimensional motion of gyrotactic motile microorganisms in bioconvection nanoliquids. Uddin et al. [28] studied the mathematical model of bio-nano-convection transition with blowing and multiple slips through the horizontal layer. Ferdows et al. [29] discovered the conceptual boundary layer flow of cylinder heat and mass transportation in the motile microorganism living in a viscous liquid. Khan et al. [30] examine bioconvection in two stretchable rotating disks utilizing entropy imitation. Li et al. [31] examined the behavior of a transformed second grade nanofluid with bioconvection properties in the presence of Wu’s slip. Muhammad et al. [32] used slip results from a wedge to discover the cause of bioconvection in Carreau nanofluid. More research on bioconvection is being conducted [33–35]. Zhang et al. [36] examined the influence of thermal radiation on the stretching/shrinking of a disc in a bioconvective rate type nanofluid with Arrhenius activation energy. Waqas et al. [37] examined the passage of an Oldroyd-B fluid around a spinning disk containing swimming motile microorganisms. Naqvi et al. [38] scrutinized the bioconvection flow of a few stress fluids involving nanomaterials, magnetic fields, and gyrotactic microorganisms in rotating disks.

The heat transfer in electronic devices is the main challenge in the world due to shorter sizing. To fulfill this gap nanofluids with bioconvection are more useful due to the higher thermal conductivity of nanoparticles. Therefore, in this article, we explore the bioconvection analysis of Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid flow over a rotating disk. For innovative physical situations, the consequences of motile microorganisms along with multiple slip effects are also part of this study. The bioconvection of motile microorganisms is utilized alongside nanofluids to provide stability to enhanced thermal transportation. In literature, the structure of the proposed problem under the impacts of multiple slip constraints is not discussed yet so pertinent results are given importance to fill this gap. The effects of some asymmetrical controlling parameters including wall slip parameters, thermophoresis parameter, Brownian motion parameter, Reiner–Revlin fluid parameter, Prandtl number, Peclet number, Lewis number, bioconvection Lewis number, and the mixed convection parameter on the flow, concentration, density of motile microorganism, and thermal field are examined thoroughly. The numerical outcomes are obtained by using the bvp4c method in MATLAB software. The graphical trend of different controlling parameters besides subjective flow fields is discussed and elaborated.

Consider the three-dimensional, steady, and incompressible flow of Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid containing gyrotactic motile microorganisms over a rotating disk. The rotation of nanofluid is taken about the z–-axis normal to the surface with angular velocity

Here

Furthermore, distortion rate tensor’s components are [17]:

Stress tensor components are assumed to be defined as [17]:

The physical boundary conditions are [17,37]:

where T stands for the temperature of nanofluid, C stands for the concentration of nanomaterials, N stands for the concentration of motile microorganisms,

The similarity transformations are [17,37]:

where

The following dimensionless ordinary differential equations are obtained by applying suitable similarity transformations [17,37]:

where the Reiner–Rivlin fluid parameter is

Here

Torque T0 is specified by definite integral such as:

The engineering quantities of interest are local skin friction coefficient Cf (explain the shear stress on the surface), local Nusselt number Nu (explain the rate of heat transfer), Sherwood number Sh (explain the rate of mass transfer), as well as the local density number of motile microorganisms Sn (explain the motile microorganisms flux) are presented as:

where qw, jw and jm denotes shear stress, local heat flux, local mass flux, and motile microorganisms’ flux on the surface, respectively.

Thus from (24), we have dimensionless quantities as:

The ordinary differential Eqs. (17)–(21) under the boundary conditions (22) are tackled by bvp4c method with the comfort of computing software MATLAB. The arrangement of non-linear governing ordinary differential equations (ODEs) is restructured to the initial-order ordinary differential equation (ODEs). Let

with

The numerical solution of non-linear dimensionless ordinary differentiated structures (17)–(21) with boundary constraints given in expression (22) has been attained by the bvp4c function on MATLAB using a mathematical shooting scheme. The major focus of the current work is to observe the effect of several developing specific parameters against axial velocity

Fig. 2 is depicted to see the impact of distinct estimations of wall slip parameters

Figs. 5 and 6 demonstrate the inspiration of bioconvection Rayleigh number Rb against the axial and radial velocities f, f′ of the fluid. It is observed that declination in velocities occurs with augmenting magnitudes of bioconvection Rayleigh number. Physically, the bioconvection Rayleigh number Rb measures the instability between layers of fluid due to the variation of temperature and density from top to bottom. The significance of the Reiner–Rivlin fluid parameter

The dependence of temperature profile

Figs. 18–23 reveal a dependence of concentration distribution

Fig. 23 is considered to study the upshot of thermophoresis parameter Nt on the solutal field

Figs. 24–27 revealed the effectiveness of bioconvection Lewis number Lb, Peclet number Pe, microorganism slip coefficient

Figs. 28a–28c show the streamlines at different values of the

Tables 1–3 are pinched to estimate the variations of the local Nusselt number, the local Sherwood number, as well as the local density number of swimming microorganisms against various mentioned parameters. From Table 1, it can be noted that the local Nusselt number (heat transfer rate) decreases through

In this manuscript, we have discussed the steady and incompressible bioconvection flow of Reiner–Rivlin nanofluid over a rough rotational disk containing motile microorganisms with thermal radiation and Arrhenius activation energy. The effects of some asymmetrical controlling parameters including wall slip parameters, thermophoresis parameter, Brownian motion parameter, Reiner–Revlin nanofluid parameter, Prandtl number, Peclet number, Lewis number, bioconvection Lewis number, and the mixed convection parameter on the flow, the concentration of nanoparticles, thermal field, and density of motile microorganisms are examined thoroughly.

• The velocity profiles of nanofluid escalate for higher magnitudes of mixed convection parameter

• The temperature profile of nanofluid goes up due to augmentation in the values of thermal radiation parameter Rd, thermophoresis number Nt, and wall slip parameters

• The concentration profile is boosted up by the thermophoresis number Nt and wall slip parameters

• The concentration profile of nanoparticles grows by intensification in activation energy E.

• Brownian motion Nb and Lewis number Le consequences show a decrement in the concentration profile of nanoparticles.

• The motile microorganisms’ profile diminishes by positive variations of bioconvection Lewis number Lb and Peclet number Pe while escalating for wall slip parameters

• The temperature, concentration, and microorganisms’ density profiles decrease for enlarging values of thermal, concentration, and microorganisms slip coefficients

Funding Statement: This work is financially supported by the Government College University, Faisalabad, and Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest to report regarding the present study.

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