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International Journal of Fluid Mechanics Research

ISSN Print: 1064-2277
ISSN Online: 2152-5102

International Journal of Fluid Mechanics Research

DOI: 10.1615/InterJFluidMechRes.v30.i3.10
13 pages

Fully Developed Mixed Convection of a Micropolar Fluid in a Vertical Channel

Ali J. Chamkha
Manufacturing Engineering Department, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, PO Box 42325, Shuweikh, 70654, Kuwait; Mechanical Engineering Department, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Al-Khobar 31952, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Teodor Grosan
Department of Applied Mathematics, Babes-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Ioan Pop
Department of Mathematics, Babes-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

ABSTRACT

A theoretical study of the fully developed mixed convection flow of a micropolar fluid in a parallel plate vertical channel with an asymmetric wall temperature distribution has been presented. Solutions of the governing equations are obtained both analytically and numerically and it is shown that they are in excellent agreement. A reverse flow is observed in some cases and is based on the analytical solution. Criteria for the occurrence of this flow are presented.