## Radiative Effect on MHD Fluid Flow in a Vertical Channel under Optically Thick Approximation

**M. O Ibrahim**^{1}, **K. K. Asogwa**^{2,}, **I. J Uwanta**^{3}, **B. G Dan Shehu**^{4}

^{1}Department of Mathematics, University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

^{2}Department of Physical and Computer Sciences, College of Natural and Applied Science, McPherson University, Abeokuta. Ogun State, Nigeria

^{3}Department of Mathematics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

^{4}Sokoto Energy Research Centre, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

### Abstract

Many non linear problems that arise in real life situations defy analytical solution; hence numerical techniques are desirable to find the solution of such equations. In this study we use the Newton scheme method from Taylor series to solve fourth order non linear problem. The velocity profiles and temperature profile are studied for different physical parameters like, Magnetic parameter M, Radiation F and thermal Grashof number Ga.** **The results obtained after computation taking into cognizance of the parameters present shows that the Magnetic parameter M increases with increasing velocity, while the trend reverses with radiation and thermal Grashof number in a vertical channel under optically thick approximation. It also observed that temperature rise with increasing values of *a*_{i} and τ_{2} and trend of heat transfer coefficient due to thermal conduction h increases with the rate of change of .

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**Keywords:** MHD, recurrence relation, vertical plate, radiation, flow rate

*American Journal of Modeling and Optimization*, 2013 1 (3),
pp 36-42.

DOI: 10.12691/ajmo-1-3-3

Received July 28, 2013; Revised August 05, 2013; Accepted August 09, 2013

**Copyright**© 2013 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

### Cite this article:

- Ibrahim, M. O, et al. "Radiative Effect on MHD Fluid Flow in a Vertical Channel under Optically Thick Approximation."
*American Journal of Modeling and Optimization*1.3 (2013): 36-42.

- Ibrahim, M. O. , Asogwa, K. K. , Uwanta, I. J. , & Shehu, B. G. D. (2013). Radiative Effect on MHD Fluid Flow in a Vertical Channel under Optically Thick Approximation.
*American Journal of Modeling and Optimization*,*1*(3), 36-42.

- Ibrahim, M. O, K. K. Asogwa, I. J Uwanta, and B. G Dan Shehu. "Radiative Effect on MHD Fluid Flow in a Vertical Channel under Optically Thick Approximation."
*American Journal of Modeling and Optimization*1, no. 3 (2013): 36-42.

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### 1. Introduction

The different models and approximations of the optical transfer operator are employed in multidimensional problems of radiative correction for remote sensing of ocean, cloudiness, in theories of light and image propagation in turbine media, and in theoretical and computational fundamentals of optical-electronic remote sensing systems. Boundary-value problem of radiation transfer in optically thick finite planar layers is considered which are represented, in particular, by: cloudiness, outbreaks of aerosol particles, dust plumes which are generated under influence of vast fires (forest, peat, steppe, anthropogenic), and the atmosphere with optically thick layers of trace gases.

Radiation and magnetic hydrodynamics (MHD) continues to attract the interest of engineering science and applied Mathematics researches owing to extensive applications of such flows in the context of aerodynamics. Radiation is the process by which energy can be transferred from one body to another through electromagnetic waves in the absence of an intervening medium. If an intervening medium is present. It must be at least partially transparent in order for the radiant energy transfer to take place. Energy is continuously radiated from all substances that are above absolute zero in temperature. If a blackbody is warmer than it radiates more energy than it receives and the environment receives more energy than it radiates. There is thus net transfer of energy from the warm blackbody to the cooler environment. Emission of electromagnetic energy results in a decrease in the energy level. However, there are some radiation phenomena that do not maintain equilibrium between the thermal motion of the molecules and the net gain or loss of radiant energy. Combustion products such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and water absorb and emit radiation. Therefore, the heat transfer from the gas to the channel walls is by both convection and radiation, and a proper analysis of this heat transfer problem requires a simultaneous solution of convection and radiation problems. Heat transfer problems are classified in broad categories according to the variable that the temperature depends on. If the temperature is independent of time, the problem is called a steady or steady-state problem. If the temperature is a function of time, the problem is classified as unsteady or transient.

The study of flow of electrically conducting fluid, the so-called magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) has a lot of attention due to its diverse applications. In astrophysics and geophysics, it is applied to the study of stellar and solar structures, interstellar matter, and radio propagation through the ionosphere. In engineering, it finds its application in MHD pumps, MHD bearings, nuclear reactors, geothermal energy extraction and in boundary layer control in the field of aerodynamics. A survey of MHD studies could be found in Crammer and Pai ^{[4]}; Moreau ^{[10]}. For example, Bharti *et al* ^{[2]} Steady flow of power-law fluids across a circular cylinder; while Kearsley ^{[7]} studied problem of steady state Couette flow with viscous heating. Makinde and Osalusi ^{[9]} considered a MHD steady flow in a channel with slip at permeable boundaries. Abel et al. ^{[1]} analyzed the effect of the buoyancy force and thermal radiation in MHD boundary layer viscoelastic fluid flow over a continuously moving stretching surface.

More recently, many researchers have focused attention on MHD applications where the operating temperatures are high. For example, at high temperatures attained in some engineering devices, gas can be ionized and so become electrically conducting. The ionized gas or plasma can be made to interact with the magnetic field and alter the heat and friction characteristics of the system. It is important to study the effect of the interaction of magnetic field on the temperature distribution and heat transfer when the fluid is not only electrically conducting but also when it is capable of emitting and absorbing thermal radiation. Heat transfer by thermal radiation is important when we are concerned with space technology applications and in power engineering. Thus, Grief *et al. *^{[5]} obtained an exact solution for the problem of laminar convective flow in a vertical heated channel within the optically thin limit of Cogley *et al. *^{[3]}. Makinde and Mhone ^{[8]} investigated the effect of thermal radiation on MHD oscillatory flow in a channel filled with saturated porous medium and non-uniform wall temperatures. Recently Taiwo and Ogunlaran ^{[11]} studied Numerical solution of fourth order linear ordinary differential equations by cubic spline collocation tau method.

This paper, is an extension of the work of Ibrahim ^{[6]} to include magnetic field. Hence it is proposed to study radiation effect on MHD fluid flow in a vertical channel under optically thick approximation.

### 2. Formulation of the Problem

The physical model above shows a stream of radiating flow velocity u flowing over the plate. The radiating flow is at its temperature T. the temperature of the wall . The gravity effect on the radiation and the laminar convection of the gas are also taken into account, the gravity effect is denoted by g.

Consider the fully developed laminar flow between parallel walls as shown in the above physical model i.e. the velocity will be a maximum at the center and zero at the walls, also the velocity distribution will be symmetric about the axis i.e. . With the width of the channel being equal to. Since in the assumption, the temperatures of the walls are the same and are maintained at a constant temperature gradient so that the wall temperature is given by . Where is the coordinate in the vertical direction,

Here The problem of radiation effect on MHD fluid flow in a vertical channel under optically thick approximation. formulated, analysed and solved numerically. The - axis is taken along the plate in the vertically upward direction and also the -axis is taken normal to the plate. That the flow is fully developed, the velocity and temperature fields are symmetrical about the central line of the channel in a magnetic region. The temperature of the walls is the same and is maintained at a constant temperature. The viscosity, the thermal conductivity and specific heat are independent of temperature and the essential influence of the variation in density is included in the body force term. Steady flow equations are momemtum and energy equation.

(1) |

(2) |

where u and are the velocity of the fluid, T is the fluid temperature, is the thermal expansion of the fluid is the fluid density, is the specific heat capacity, v is the viscosity of the fluid and k is the thermal conductivity

In this research work the mathematical formulation has Magnetic field which is not included in the work of Ibrahim (1997) where the thermal diffusivity and is the radiative, using the Rosseland differential approximation.

(3) |

The boundary conditions are;

(4) |

On introducing the following non-dimensional quantities

(5) |

Substituting the non-dimensional quantities of equation (5) into (1) to (2), leads to

(6) |

(7) |

Where

Equation (6) and (7) leads to

(8) |

(8a) |

### 3. Solution to the Problem

To solve equations (8), subjected to the boundary conditions of (8a), the solutions are obtained for temperature and velocity flow. using the Newton scheme method from Taylor series to solve the fourth order non linear problem.

(9) |

Thus from (8) we have

(10) |

(11) |

(12) |

(13) |

(14) |

Substituting equations (10) to (14) into equation (9) we obtain

(15) |

Expanding equations (15) where

(16) |

Collecting the terms involving

On the L.H.S and the terms involving

On the R.H.S gives

(17) |

Where is our initial solution and is the assumed solution.

Let

Considering N=6

(18) |

Putting (18) into (17)

(19) |

Simplifying by collecting terms in *a*_{0}*, a*_{1}*, a*_{2}*, **a*_{3}*, **a*_{4}*, **a*_{5}, and *a*_{6} we obtain.

We now collate equations (20) at point , where

In the problem under consideration, N=6, a =-1 and b=+1.

The boundary conditions are

Thus, we obtain five equations from (20).

Let be our initial solution

We now substitute forinto (20) and then solve the equation simultaneously to obtain the unknowns *a*_{0}*, a*_{1}*, a*_{2}*, a*_{3}*, a*_{4}*, a*_{5}, *a*_{6} and using Gaussian elimination method with partial pivoting using MATLAB software to obtain the unknown constants.

But

(21) |

Determination of the Temperature profile, to obtain the solution for the temperature

in the interval since the various values of and are known from the MatLab Program

**3.1. Determination of the Velocity Profile**

The velocity distribution of the flow can be obtained from equation (6)

(22) |

(23) |

We have our assumed solution to be

Substituting the expression into (6) gives

(24) |

Evaluating equation (6) in the interval will enable us to determine the effect of different radiation parameter.

**3.2. Determination of the Non-dimensional Flow Rate**

The non-dimensional flow rate through the channel per unit width is given by

(25) |

Using the equation (6) and evaluating the integral will enable us to determine the flow rate.

**3.3. Determination of Heat Transfer Coefficient**

Thus heat transfer coefficient due to thermal conduction is given by

(26) |

### 4. Results and Discussion

The problem of radiation effect on MHD fluid flow in a vertical channel under optically thick approximation. formulated, analysed and solved numerically. In order to point out the effects of physical parameters namely; thermal Grashof number Ga, radiation parameter F, Magnetic parameter M. on the flow patterns, the computation of the flow fields are carried out. The values of velocity and temperature are obtained for the physical parameters as mention.

The velocity profiles has been studied and presented in Figure 1 to 3 The effect of velocity for different values of Magnetic parameter (M = 5, 10, 15, 20) is presented in Figure 1. The trend shows that the velocity increases with increasing Magnetic parameter. The effect of velocity for different values of radiation (F = 2, 10, 15, 20) is also presented in Figure 2. It is then observed that the velocity decreases with increasing values of radiation. The effect of velocity for different values of thermal Grashof number (Ga= 0.5, 1, 2) is also presented in figure 3. It is then observed that the velocity decreases with increasing values of thermal Grashof number.

**Figure 1**

**.**Velocity profiles for different values of M

**Figure 2**

**.**

**Velocity profiles for different values of F**

**Figure 3**

**.**velocity profiles for different values of Gr

**Figure 4**. Trend for temperature profiles against y

**Figure 5**

**.**

**Trend of heat transfer coefficient due to thermal conduction h**

In Figure 4 It is observed that temperature rise with increasing values of while Figure 5 shows that trend of heat transfer coefficient due to thermal conduction h increases with the rate of change of .

### 5. Summary and Conclusion

Radiation effect on MHD fluid flow in a vertical channel under optically thick approximation has been studied. .In order to point out the effects of physical parameters namely; thermal Grashof number Ga, radiation parameter F, Magnetic parameter M. are presented graphically. It is observed that the velocity increases with increasing Magnetic parameter, while radiation and thermal Grashof number decreases with increasing values of radiation and thermal Grashof number respectively.

It also observed that temperature rise with increasing values of and trend of heat transfer coefficient due to thermal conduction h increases with the rate of change of .

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