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BOUNDARY LAYER STAGNATION-POINT FLOW OF CASSON FLUID AND HEAT TRANSFER TOWARDS A SHRINKING/STRETCHING SHEET

Krishendu Bhattacharyya
Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer (FHMT) 4 - 023003 (2013)


Abstract


The steady boundary layer stagnation-point flow of Casson fluid and heat transfer towards a shrinking/stretching sheet are studied. An appropriate similarity transformation is employed to transform the governing partial differential equations into the self-similar ordinary differential equations and those are then solved numerically using very efficient shooting method. The numerical computations are carried out for several values of parameters involved (spatially, velocity ratio parameter and Casson parameter) to know the possibility of similarity solution for the boundary layer stagnation-point flow over a shrinking/stretching sheet. It is found that the range of velocity ratio parameter for which similarity solution exists is unaltered for any change in Casson parameter, though the skin friction changes with Casson parameter. So, the possibility of similarity solution for Casson fluid flow is same as that of Newtonian fluid flow.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5098/hmt.v4.2.3003

ISSN: 2151-8629