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dc.contributor.authorLorenzini, M-
dc.contributor.authorMorini, GL-
dc.contributor.author2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2009)-
dc.identifier.citation2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference, Brunel University, West London, UK, 01-02 September 2009en_US
dc.descriptionThis paper was presented at the 2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2009), which was held at Brunel University, West London, UK. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IPEM, the Italian Union of Thermofluid dynamics, the Process Intensification Network, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis work investigates the frictional and heat transfer behaviour of laminar, fully-developed flow in microchannels with trapezoidal and rectangular cross-section and rounded corners under H1 boundary conditions. The equations of momentum and energy are solved numerically, and the results validated with analytical data, when available. The runs have been carried out for different aspect ratios and nondimensional radii of curvature Rc, with either all sides or three sides heated, one short side adiabatic for rectangular geometries and three sides heated, the longest one adiabatic for trapezoidal geometries. The Poiseuille and Nusselt numbers are reported and show, for the rectangular cross-section heated on all sides, a maximum increase for the highest value of the aspect ratio (β=1) with increments in the Poiseuille and Nusselt numbers of about 11% and 16% respectively for values of Rc * of 0.5, increasing as the geometry approaches the circular duct (12.5% and 21%). The increase is less pronounced as β decreases and also when only three sides are heated (maximum increase of Nu around 10%); in the case of the trapezoidal geometry the effects of rounding the corners are almost negligible (a maximum increase in Nu of around 2%).en_US
dc.publisherBrunel Universityen_US
dc.subjectLaminar flowen_US
dc.subjectNusselt numberen_US
dc.subjectPoiseuille numberen_US
dc.titlePoiseuille and Nusselt numbers for laminar flow in microchannels with rounded cornersen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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