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Submitted 7 September 2016 Received 28 November2016 Accepted 2 December 2016
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Micropolar hybrid nanofluid Magnetic field Chemical reaction Channel with a permeable wall Least square method

A B S T R A C T In this study, the flow field and heat transfer of Al2O3Cu/water micropolar hybrid nanofluid is investigated in a permeable channel using the least square method. The channel encounters a chemical reaction, and a constant magnetic field also is applied. The bottom wall is hot, and coolant fluid is injected into the channel from the top wall. The effects of different parameters, such as the Reynolds number, the Hartmann number, the microrotation factor, and the concentration of nanoparticles, on the flow field and the heat transfer are examined. The results show that an increase in the Hartmann number and the Reynolds number, in turn, will increase the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers. Furthermore, when hybrid nanofluid, rather than pure nanofluid, is applied, the heattransfer coefficient will increase significantly. It also is observed that, in the case of a generative chemical reaction, the fluid concentration is more than in the case of a destructive chemical reaction. Moreover, when the micropolar model is used, the Nusselt number and Sherwood number are less than when it is not considered. © 2016 Published by Semnan University Press. All rights reserved. 
Flow Field and Heat Transfer in a Channel with a Permeable Wall Filled with Al_{2}O_{3}Cu/Water Micropolar Hybrid Nanofluid, Effects of Chemical Reaction and Magnetic Field
Mahdi Mollamahdi*, Mahmoud Abbaszadeh, Ghanbar Ali Sheikhzadeh Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran


Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer Research
Journal homepage: http://jhmtr.journals.semnan.ac.ir 

Corresponding Author: Mahmoud Abbaszadeha Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran Email: abbaszadeh.mahmoud@gmail.com

The analysis of improving heat transfer has been an ongoing field of research in the past few years. Nanofluids, which have better thermal conductivity than common fluids, have been proposed as a new approach to enhance heat transfer [1719]. Even though nanofluids individually have a lot of advantages in many practical applications, another innovative approach that provides better properties and increases heat transfer in fluid flow is applying hybrid nanofluids. Hybrid nanofluids have better thermal conductivity, chemical stability, physical strength, mechanical resistance, and so on, than common nanofluids. Wang et al. [20] measured effective thermal conductivity of mixtures of fluids and nanoparticles. They used Al_{2}O_{3} and CuO nanoparticles and water as a base fluid. They observed that the thermal conductivity of the nanoparticle–fluid mixture is higher than nanofluid. The effect of using a water/Al_{2}O_{3}Cu hybrid nanofluid in heat transfer was explored by Suresha et al. [21]. According to their results, the effective thermal conductivity of a hybrid nanofluid is greater than deionized water. Also, they measured the viscosity of the water/Al_{2}O_{3}Cu hybrid nanofluid and concluded that the behavior of the viscosity of the hybrid nanofluid and Newtonian fluids is analogous. In an empirical investigation, Madhesh et al. [22] studied the heattransfer potential of CuTiO_{2} hybrid nanofluids in a tubetype counterflow heat exchanger. The experimental correlation for the CuTiO_{2} hybrid nanofluid that they discovered anticipated a maximum deviation of +7% and −4% in all volume concentrations. They also demonstrated that the convective heattransfer coefficient is augmented by 52% when hybrid nanofluids are used. Esfe et al. [23] introduced two new correlations in order to predict the thermal conductivity of a Cu/TiO2–water/EG hybrid nanofluid in terms of solid concentration and temperature. The correlations are valid in different temperatures, ranging from 30°C to 60°C, and solid concentrations, ranging from 0.1 to 2%. The other researches that are dedicated to the use of hybrid nanofluid in convective heattransfer problems are presented in [2427].
The micropolar fluids introduced by Eringen [28] have received extensive attention in recent years due to a wide range of applications. Sheikholeslami et al. [29] employed the homotopy perturbation method (HPM) to study micropolar fluid flow in a channel by considering a chemical reaction. They examined the effects of the Reynolds number, microrotation/angular velocity, and the Peclet number on the flow and heat transfer. They observed that, for both suction and injection, the Reynolds number and Peclet number are in direct relation to the Nusselt number and Sherwood number. In an analytical investigation, Mosayebidorcheh [30] applied a new hybrid method to study the micropolar flow in a permeable channel with expanding or contracting walls. He analyzed the velocity and rotation profiles in terms of permeability, Reynolds number, rotation parameter, boundary parameter, and expanding (or contracting) ratio. He demonstrated that the profiles of the streamwise velocity and microrotation are asymmetric, while the normal velocity is symmetric. One of their applications uses the micropolar model for nanofluids in order to assess the heat transfer and find agreement between the numerical and experimental results.
The natural convection flow of a micropolar nanofluid in the presence of a magnetic field was examined numerically by Bourantas and Loukopoulos [31] in a tilted rectangular enclosure. They demonstrated that, when the micropolar nanofluid model is used, the average Nusselt number is smaller than that of a common nanofluid model for all considered Rayleigh numbers. Also, they observed that the local Nusselt number’s curve moves downward as the Hartmann number increases. Very recently, Fakour et al. [32] used the LSM to study the micropolar flow in a porous channel. They also considered the chemical reaction. They examined the effect of microrotation and the Peclet number on velocity and temperature profiles. They observed that the stream function decreases when the Reynolds number increases. Different authors have discussed micropolar fluid and nanofluid over the last two years [3338].
Concerning LSM as an analytical solution, Sheikholeslami et al. [39] applied the Galerkin method and the LSM to study laminar flow of nanofluids in a semiporous channel in the presence of a magnetic field. The LSM and Galerkin method are used to simulate the nanofluid flow and heat transfer in an asymmetric porous channel with expanding or contracting walls by Hatami et al. [40], and more recently, they used the LSM and numerical method to analyze the flow and heat transfer of nanofluid between contracting rotating disks [41].
As evidenced by the proliferation literature, which is mentioned above, there are no studies that could be applied to the flow and heat transfer of Al_{2}O_{3}Cu/water micropolar hybrid nanofluid in a porous channel subject to a chemical reaction in the presence of a magnetic field. Therefore, in this study, the laminar flow of an MHD micropolar hybrid nanofluid in a channel with only a toppermeable wall that is subjected to a chemical reaction is examined through use of the LSM and the fourthorder Runge–Kutta numerical method. The conformity of the results of the least square analytical method with the RungeKutta numerical method is checked, and the effect of the different parameters, such as the Reynolds number, the Hartmann number, the expanding ratio, the chemical reaction parameter, and the microrotation on the heat transfer, are considered.
2. Problem statement, mathematical formulation
In the present study, the laminar flow of the MHD micropolar hybrid nanofluid in a twodimensional channel with only a toppermeable wall has been investigated using the LSM. The geometry of the problem is shown in Fig. 1. The bottom wall is hot and cooled by a micropolar hybrid nanofluid that is injected into the channel from the permeable top wall. The distance between the two walls is and the x axis, which coincides with the bottom wall. The bottom and top walls of the channel are maintained at temperatures T_{1} and T_{2}, respectively. The thermophysical properties of water as a base fluid and Al_{2}O_{3} and Cu nanoparticles are presented in Table 1.
Table 1. Thermophysical properties of water as a base fluid and Al_{2}O_{3} and Cu nanoparticles [7, 42]. 


ρ(kg/m^{3}) 
c_{p} (j/kg K) 
K (W/ m K) 
σ(Ω.m)^{1} 
Pr 
Al_{2}O_{3} 
3970 
765 
25 
1×10^{10} 
 
Cu 
3954 
383 
400 
5.96×10^{7} 
 
Pure Water 
997.1 
4179 
0.613 
0.05 
6.2 
The range of nanoparticles’ volume fraction (90% Al_{2}O_{3} and 10% Cu by weight) is between 0% and 2% [21]. The hybrid nanofluid density [43], heat capacity [44], electrical conductivity [45], viscosity, and thermal conductivity [21] are obtained from the following relations, respectively:
(1) 

(2) 

(3) 

(4) 

(5) 
Fig.1 Schematic of the porous channel.
(a) 



(b) 



Fig.2 Proposed models for a) thermal conductivity and b) viscosity hybrid nanofluid based on the experimental data [21]. 
It is worth mentioning that the relations (4) and (5) are derived from an experimental model [21]. In order to correlate these relations, the experimental data has been fitted into graphs, which are depicted in Fig. 2.
The governing equations of the problem are given by [29, 46]:

(6) 
(7) 

(8) 

(9) 

(10) 

(11) 
where and are the velocity components in the and directions, respectively. , , , , , , , and are the electrical conductivity, the fluid density, the dynamic viscosity, the specific heat at a constant pressure, the microrotation viscosity, the vortex viscosity, the thermal conductivity,and the microrotation velocity, respectively. is the species concentration, is the molecular diffusivity, and is the firstorder chemical reaction rate. corresponds to the destructive reaction, represents no reaction and corresponds to the generative reaction. The boundary conditions of the problem can be expressed as follows:
, , , , at 
(12) 
, , , , at 
(13) 
represents that the microelements close to the wall are impotent to rotate. The temperature and concentration of the fluid at an distance from the wall and the temperature of the heated wall are defined as follows:
(14) 

(15) 
along with the corresponding boundary conditions
(16) 

(17) 

When the wall temperature and species concentration are expressed as a polynomial variation (Eqs. (14) and (15)), calculating a single value for the heattransfer coefficient along the hot wall and mass flux coefficient are not possible. Therefore, the hot wall temperature should be considered as
(18) 

(19) 

The similarity parameters are defined as:
(20) 
When the above parameters are put in Eqs. (6)–(11), these equations change as follows:
(21) 

(22) 

(23) 

(24) 
where , . is the expansion ratio, and it is positive for expansion and negative for contraction. m is the temperature power index. The other parameters are as follows:
(25) 

(26) 
It is worth noting that the Reynolds number is positive for suction and negative for injection. is the generalized Schmidt number, Ha is the Hartmann number, and is the chemical reaction parameter.
The boundary conditions are
(27) 

(28) 
In this case the nondimensional Nusselt number and Sherwood number are given by
(29) 

(30) 
For validation of the considered numerical simulation and the LSM in this paper, the results of Sheikholeslami et al. [39] have been compared with the present study’s program. It is clear that the results have good conformity (Fig. 3).
3. Analysis of the least square method
One of the approximation techniques for solving differential equations is the weighted residual method (WRM). The WRM is a general and powerful method for obtaining approximate solutions for ordinary differential equations (ODEs) or partial differential equations (PDEs). Consider the following (partial) differential equation:
in 
(31) 
where L_{m} denotes the differential operator with the highest order of derivative in the domain. is the unknown function, and is a given function. The aim of the solution is to seek a solution of that satisfies Eq. (31).
Assume that is approximated by a function (trail solution), which is a linear combination of basic functions chosen from a linearly autonomous set, that is,
(32) 
By substituting Eq. (32) into (31), the result of the operations generally is not . It results in the socalled residual , defined as
(33) 
Some techniques are used properly to obtain an approximate function to make the residual as “small” as possible. The residual was forced to zero in an average sense by setting weighted integrals of residuals to zero. For example,
(34) 




Note that in the WRM, the number of weight functions W_{i} always equals the number of unknown constants c_{i }in . This yields n algebraic equations for the unknown constants c_{i}.
In the LSM, the summation of all the squares of the residues should be minimized:
(35) 
In order to achieve a minimum of the functional , the derivatives of with respect to all the unknown parameters must be zero. That is,

(36) 
(a) 
(b) 
Fig. 3 Comparisons of a) velocity V and b) velocity U for Re = 0.5, Ha = 0.5, and φ = 0.05. 
Compared with Eq. (34), the weight functions are obtained (since its value should be zero, it is not considered constant):
(37) 
In order to use the LSM in this problem, the considered functions must satisfy the boundary conditions of the problem. These functions are considered generally as Eqs. (38)–(41):
(38) 

(39) 

(40) 

(41) 
(a) 
(b) 
(c) 
(d) 
(e)
Fig.4 Comparison of the LSM and NUM results for (a) f, (b) f ‘, (c) θ, (d) g, and (e) s for φ = 0.02, q = 0.2, Re = 1, and α = –1.
By introducing these equations into Eqs. (21)–(24), the residual function is obtained, and by substituting the residual functions into Eqs. (38)–(41), a set of equations will be obtained. By solving these algebraic equations, coefficients c_{1}–c_{13} will be determined.
4. Results and discussion
In this study, the flow field, heat transfer, microrotation, and the chemical reaction of Al_{2}O_{3}Cu/water micropolar hybrid nanofluid were investigated in a permeable channel with a contracting or expanding wall and in the presence of a magnetic field. The effect of using the hybrid nanofluid was compared with common nanofluid. Also, the effects of parameters such as R, Ha, , q, and α on the flow field and heat transfer were examined. The study was conducted for R = 1–7; Ha = 0–6; Sc = 0.25, 0.5, and 1; and 1; , 0, and 1; q = 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5; – 0.02; Pr = 6.2; m = 4; and .
The plots in Fig. 4 indicate the components of velocity (axial velocity, f, and normal velocity, ), temperature (θ), microrotation (g), and concentration (s), which were obtained from the LSM and numerical method (NUM) for , q = 0.2, R = 1, and . The results represent an excellent agreement between the LSM and NUM solutions. Fig. 4 illustrates the variations of microrotation in terms of in different Reynolds numbers, and .
Fig. 5a shows that the microrotation diminishes near the hot wall and increases when approaching the permeable wall. With respect to the considered boundary conditions, for the microrotation parameter in this problem, the microrotation value near the walls is zero. According to Fig. 4b, with an increasing , the microrotation close to the hot wall decreases and the permeable wall increases. It is noteworthy that corresponds to the expanding wall and indicates the contracting wall. Fig. 4c represents that the increment of leads to a microrotation increase, and the discrepancy between the maximum and minimum values of the microrotation is augmented.
In order to investigate the effect of the magnetic field on the flow field, the components of velocity (axial velocity, f, and normal velocity, ), temperature (θ), microrotation (g), and concentration (s) in different Hartmann numbers are examined in Fig. 6. The axial velocity increases as the Hartmann number increases near the hot wall, and this behavior is reversed close to the permeable wall. In the absence of the magnetic field, the normal velocity has a maximum value in the center of the channel, while in other regions, the axial velocity is augmented when the Hartmann number increases. Moreover, with an increasing Hartman number, the temperature decreases and the concentration is augmented. Also, with augmentation of the Hartmann number, the microrotation reduces in the zone between the hot wall and the center of the channel and increases in the spots from the center of the channel to the permeable wall.
In Fig. 7, the impact of the Schmidt number as a consequential parameter on the concentration profile is indicated. As can be seen, the fluid concentration decreases as the Schmidt number increases. To put this in perspective, Sc is the proportion of the momentum diffusivity to species diffusivity. Therefore, when the Schmidt number increases, the species diffusivity decreases and, as a result, the concentration also decreases.
(a) 
(b) 
(c) 
Fig.5 Variations of microrotation in terms of in different Reynolds numbers, and . 
(a) 



(b) 



(c) 



(d) 



(e) 



Fig.6 Effects of the Hartmann number on (a) f, (b) f ‘, (c) θ, (d) g, and (e) s in φ = 0.02, q = 0.2, Re = 1, and α = –1. 

Fig.7 Effects of the Schmidt number on the concentration profile.

Fig.8 Effects of the chemical reaction parameter on the concentration profile.
Fig. 8 elucidates the effect of the chemical reaction parameter on the concentration profile through the channel. Based on this figure, is negative for the generative chemical reaction, and is positive for the destructive chemical reaction. Fig. 9 shows variations of the Nusselt number in terms of the volume fraction in different Reynolds numbers and Hartmann numbers. As expected, with an increasing volume fraction of the nanoparticles, the Nusselt number increases. Also, with an increment in the Reynolds number and Hartmann number, the Nusselt number increases.
Fig.9 Variations of the Nusselt number in terms of the volume fraction with different Reynolds numbers and Hartmann numbers.
Fig.10 Variations of the Sherwood number in terms of the volume fraction with different Reynolds numbers and Hartmann numbers.
Fig.11 Variations of the Sherwood number in terms of the Reynolds number with different chemical reaction parameters.
Fig.12 Variations of the Sherwood number in terms of the Reynolds number with different Schmidt numbers.
Variations of the Sherwood number in terms of the volume fraction in various Reynolds numbers and Hartmann numbers are depicted in Fig. 10. As seen in this figure, the volume fraction of nanoparticles, the Reynolds number, and the Hartmann number are in direct relation to the Sherwood number. Figs. 11 and 12 display variations of the Sherwood number according to the Reynolds number with different chemical reaction parameters and Schmidt numbers. It can be observed from these figures that, by increasing the Reynolds number, the Sherwood number is augmented in all and . Actually, increasing the Schmidt number implies that the momentum diffusivity effect overcomes the effect of species diffusivity, and consequently, the Sherwood number increases.
The plots in Fig. 13 compare the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers obtained by using Al_{2}O_{3} nanoparticles and the hybrid of Al_{2}O_{3}Cu nanoparticles in different Reynolds and Hartmann numbers. Under the same circumstances, when the hybrid nanofluid is used, the obtained values of the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are more than the common nanofluid, as a result, the heat transfer within the channel increases. Also, the properties of the nanofluid are determined using the Maxwell model [47] and Brickman model [48]. Furthermore, with increasing Hartmann and Reynolds numbers, the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers increase.




Fig. 13 Comparison of using Al2O3 nanoparticles and hybrid of Al2O3Cu nanoparticles.


Fig.14 Comparisons of applying the micropolar model of hybrid nanofluid and the nonmicropolar model. 
Fig. 14 represents values of the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers when the micropolar model is applied and when it is not considered in order to clarify the consequences of employing the micropolar theory. Based on this figure, when the micropolar model is considered, the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are less than when it is not taken into account. It is worth mentioning that the micropolar theory is constructed based on experimental examination, so this effect should be considered when analyzing the flow field and heat
5. Conclusion
In this study, the flow field and heat transfer were investigated in a permeable channel occupied with Al_{2}O_{3‑}Cu/water micropolar hybrid nanofluid in the presence of a magnetic field and by considering the chemical reaction. In order to solve the governing equations, the LSM and fourthorder RungeKutta numerical method were applied, and a comparison between these two methods also was conducted. The effect of different parameters, such as the Reynolds number and Hartmann number on the Nusselt number and Sherwood number, was examined. Moreover, the increasing effects of employing hybrid nanofluid and the influence of applying the micropolar theory on the flow field and heat transfer were studied. The following were found based on the results:
 As the Hartman number increases, the temperature profiles decrease and the fluid concentration increases.
 In the case of a generative chemical reaction , the fluid concentration is greater than in the case of a destructive chemical reaction.
 When the Reynolds number increases, the Sherwood number is augmented in all chemical reaction parameters and Schmidt numbers.
 Applying a hybrid nanofluid enhances the heat transfer and the Sherwood number within the channel.
 When the micropolar model is used, the Nusselt number and Sherwood number is less than when it is not considered.
Nomenclature 

species concentration 

dimensionless stream function 

dimensionless microrotation 

dimensionless concentration 

least square method 

fourthorder RungeKutta numerical method 

microinertia density 

microrotation/angular velocity 

distance between parallel walls (m) 

expand or contract function (m) 

c_{p} 
specific heat at constant pressure (Jkg^{1}K^{1}) 

constant parameters in nanofluids 

coefficient of thermal conductivity (Wm^{1}K^{1}) 

firstorder chemical reaction rate 

chemical reaction parameter 

temperature power index 

Nusselt number 

Sherwood number 

P 
pressure (Pa) 

Pr 
Prandtl number 

Ha 
Hartmann number 

Schmidt number 

q 
microrotation factor 

residual function 

R 
Reynolds number 

T 
temperature (k) 

u, v 
velocity components in x and y direction (m/s) 

velocity of cooling injection fluid (m/s) 

horizontal axis coordinate (m) 

vertical axis coordinate (m) 

Greek symbols 

similarity variable 

electrical conductivity (()^{1}) 

expansion ratio 

nanoparticle volume fraction 

dimensionless temperature 

ρ 
density (kgm^{3}) 

dynamic viscosity (Pa s) 

kinematic viscosity (m^{2}s^{1}) 

coupling coefficient 

trial function 

Subscripts 


fluid 

nanofluid 

solid 

particle 

Acknowledgment
The authors wish to thank the Energy Research Institute of the University of Kashan for their support regarding this research (grant no. 65473).
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