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Entropy 2011, 13(2), 542-553; doi:10.3390/e13020542

Size Effects on the Entropy Production in Oscillatory Flow between Parallel Plates

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Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, Cuernavaca, Morelos 62209, Mexico
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Sección de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación, ESIME-Culhuacan, IPN, Av. Santa Ana 1000, Culhuacan, Coyoacán 04430, Mexico
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Received: 1 January 2011 / Revised: 27 January 2011 / Accepted: 11 February 2011 / Published: 18 February 2011
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Abstract

The heat transfer problem of a zero-mean oscillatory flow of a Maxwell fluid between infinite parallel plates with boundary conditions of the third kind is considered. The local and global time-averaged entropy production are computed, and the consequences of convective cooling of the plates are also assessed. It is found that the global entropy production is a minimum for certain suitable combination of the physical parameters and a discrete set of values of the separation between the parallel plates. The transferred heat at the plates also shows minima in the same discrete set of values of the plates separation.
Keywords: entropy generation; optimization; oscillatory flows; boundary conditions of the third type entropy generation; optimization; oscillatory flows; boundary conditions of the third type
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Vazquez, F.; Olivares-Robles, M.A.; Medina, S. Size Effects on the Entropy Production in Oscillatory Flow between Parallel Plates. Entropy 2011, 13, 542-553.

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