Precipitation phenomenon of nanoparticles in power-law fluids over a rotating disk

Botong LI*, Xi CHEN, Liancun ZHENG, Liangliang ZHU, Jialv ZHOU, Tongtong WANG

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The steady flow and mass transfer of nanofluids with power-law type base fluids over a free-rotating disk are investigated. Previously, we have modeled the volume fraction of nanoparticles and verified the experimental conclusion through the numerical simulation of particle distribution in nanofluid in a Petri dish under the influence of movement using a power-law model of mass diffusivity. We further this study by a similar model of the mass diffusivity following a power-law type to consider the laminar non-Newtonian power-law flow in a rotating infinite disk with angular velocity about the z-axis. The coupled governing equations are transformed into ODEs. Homotopy analysis method (HAM) is applied to solve the ODEs while special attention is paid to deal with the nonlinear items in the ODEs. In the last section, we provide images of nanoparticles suspended in power-law fluids in a rotating disk as obtained using the laser speckle method. When they are compared with the analytical results gained by the HAM, they qualitatively matched the solutions of the concentration equation of nanofluids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalMicrofluidics and Nanofluidics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • HAM
  • Mass diffusivity
  • Nanofluids
  • Nanoparticle precipitation
  • Power-law fluids


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