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MHD flow and heat transfer near the stagnation point on a stretching/shrinking sheet in a micropolar fluid

N. Bachok1 - A. Ishak2 - I. Pop3

1 Department of Mathematics and Institute for Mathematical Research, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2 School of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
3 Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cluj, CP 253, Romania

The problem of two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stagnation point flow of an incompressible micropolar fluid over a stretching/shrinking sheet is studied. The governing continuity, momentum, angular momentum and heat equations together with the associated boundary conditions are transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations using a similarity transformation. This system is then solved numerically by a finite difference method. The effects of the magnetic parameter, material parameter and the stretching/shrinking parameter on the flow and heat transfer characteristics are thoroughly examined. Different from a stretching sheet, it is found that the solutions for a shrinking sheet are non-unique. Tables 2, Figs 12, Refs 33.

Magnetohydrodynamics 47, No. 3, 237-248, 2011 [PDF, 0.20 Mb]

Copyright: Institute of Physics, University of Latvia
Electronic edition ISSN 1574-0579
Printed edition ISSN 0024-998X