The enhanced heat transfer in laminar viscoplastic, shear thinning, Herschel-Bulkley fluid flows in sinusoidal corrugated-plate channels is investigated. With uniform-temperature plate walls, periodically developed flows are considered for a wide range of flow rates (10 ≤ Reg ≤ 700) and pseudoplastic flow behavior indices (n = 0.54, 0.8, and 1.0; the latter representing a Bingham plastic). The effects of fluid yield stress are simulated for the case where τy = 1.59 N/m2, representing a 0.5% xantham gum aqueous solution. Typical velocity and temperature distributions, along with extended results for isothermal friction factor ƒ and Colburn factor j are presented. The effect of the yield stress is found to be most dominant at low Reg regardless of the power law index n, and the recirculation or swirl in the wall trough regions is weaker than in the cases of Newtonian and power-law liquids. At higher Reg, the performance of the Herschel-Bulkley fluid asymptotically approaches that of the non-yield-stress power-law fluid. At low Reg, the yield stress increases ƒ by an order of magnitude and j is enhanced because of the higher wall gradients imposed by the plug-like flow field. The relative heat transfer enhancement, represented by the ratio (j/ƒ), and the role of the fluid yield stress and shear-thinning (or pseudoplastic) behaviors are also discussed.

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