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A numerical investigation of entropy generation in laminar forced convection of gas flow over a recess including two inclined backward and forward facing steps in a horizontal duct under bleeding condition is presented. For calculation of entropy generation from the second law of thermodynamics in a forced convection flow, the velocity and temperature distributions are primary needed. For this purpose, the two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system is used to solve the governing equations which are conservations of mass, momentum and energy. These equations are solved numerically using the computational fluid dynamic techniques to obtain the temperature and velocity fields, while the blocked region method is employed to simulate the inclined surface. Discretized forms of these equations are obtained by the finite volume method and solved using the SIMPLE algorithm. The numerical results are presented graphically and the effects of bleeding coefficient and recess length as the main parameters on the distributions of entropy generation number and Bejan number are investigated. Also, the effect of Reynolds number and bleeding coefficient on total entropy generation which shows the amount of flow irreversibilities is presented for two recess length. The use of present results in the design process of such thermal system would help the system attain the high performance during exploitation. Comparison of numerical results with the available data published in open literature shows a good consistency.
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