Skin Friction and Heat Transfer in Combined Convection from a Sphere to a Non-Newtonian Fluid

Nepal C. Roy, Amir Husen


Steady-state laminar combined convection flow of an electrically conducting, non-Newtonian fluid past a sphere is studied numerically. The
effects of the power-law index, the mixed convection parameter, the magnetic field parameter and the heat generation or absorption parameter
on the skin friction and the heat transfer are illustrated. The skin friction for dilatant fluids is smaller than that for pseudoplastics. Near the
stagnation point, the Nusselt number reduces rapidly for pseudoplastics and reaches sharply a maximum value for dilatant fluids. Both the skin
friction and the Nusselt number decrease owing to an increase of the magnetic field parameter. Moreover the heat generation produces higher
skin friction and lower Nusselt number.


Non-Newtonian fluid; Magnetic field; Boundary layer; Heat generation

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