Entropy generation in a couple stress fluid flow through a vertical channel filled with saturated porous media
CITATION: Makinde, O. D. & Eegunjobi, A. S. 2013. Entropy generation in a couple stress fluid flow through a vertical channel filled with saturated porous media. Entropy, 15(11), 4589-4606, doi:10.3390/e15114589.
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The present work investigates numerically the inherent irreversibility in a steady flow of a couple stress fluid through a vertical channel packed with saturated porous substances. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics are applied to analyze the problem. The nonlinear governing equations in Cartesian coordinates are obtained and solved numerically using shooting methods together with a Runge-Kutta Fehlberg integration scheme. The entropy generation number is computed by utilizing the velocity and temperature profiles. The effects of various physical parameters on the flow and heat transfer characteristics, as well as entropy generation rates and Bejan number, are investigated through graphs.