T Raja Rani, T S L Radhika and J M Blackledge
The aim of this paper is to study of the effects of variable physical properties and viscous dissipation on a free convective flow over a vertical plate with a variable temperature embedded in a porous medium. We study the effects of varying physical properties on heat transfer and on flow when the medium is filled with some commonly used experimental fluids, in particular, Glycerin, Water and Methyl chloride (a commonly refrigerant). A similarity transformation technique is used to reduce the partial differential equations governing the flow. The resulting system of non-linear coupled ordinary differential equations is solved numerically with appropriate boundary conditions using the Runge-Kutta-Gill method coupled with a shooting technique. Using this approach, a study is conducted on both hot and cold plates and results presented using a combination of graphical illustrations and tables of the effect of changing a variety of physical parameters, in particular, the temperature and viscosity of the fluid.