Volume 79, Number 2, July 2007
Article Number 24001
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 20 June 2007
EPL, 79 (2007) 24001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/79/24001

Slip-driven thermal rectification

E. Yariv

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology - Haifa 32000, Israel

received 9 January 2007; accepted in final form 31 May 2007; published July 2007
published online 20 June 2007

When animated by appreciable temperature gradients, the tendency of gases to slip over non-isothermal solid surfaces is governed by inherently nonlinear equations. Using a simple two-dimensional channel configuration, wherein gas motion is driven by an externally imposed spatially periodic temperature input, it is demonstrated that this nonlinearity results in thermal rectification: periodic temperature inputs that break left-right symmetry can generate a net mass flux along the channel. This flux is not predicted by the commonly employed small-temperature-difference linearized model.

PACS - Navier-Stokes equations.
47.45.Gx - Slip flows and accommodation.
47.57.jd - Electrokinetic effects.

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