Similarity solutions for boundary layer flows with prescribed surface temperature

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We are concerned with the third-order nonlinear equation f + [(m + 1) / 2] f f - m f ′2 = 0 on (0, ∞), satisfying the boundary conditions f (0) = a ∈ R, f (0) = 1 and f (∞) = 0. The problem arises in the study of similarity solutions in two physically different contexts of fluid mechanics: free convection in a porous medium and flow adjacent to a stretching wall. We shall address two open questions: the first one is the uniqueness of bounded solutions for m ∈ (- 1 / 3, 0) and a < 0, and the second one is the structure of solutions for m ∈ (- 1 / 2, - 1 / 3) and a ≤ 0. Our results complement earlier results in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Mathematics Letters
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1

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Similarity Solution
Boundary layer flow
Boundary Layer Flow
Free Convection
Fluid Mechanics
Fluid mechanics
Bounded Solutions
Natural convection
Nonlinear equations
Stretching
Porous Media
Porous materials
Nonlinear Equations
Uniqueness
Complement
Adjacent
Boundary conditions
Temperature
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Keywords

  • Boundary value problem
  • Initial value problem
  • Phase plane analysis
  • Similarity solution
  • Third-order differential equation

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Similarity solutions for boundary layer flows with prescribed surface temperature. / Tsai, Je-Chiang.

In: Applied Mathematics Letters, Vol. 21, No. 1, 01.01.2008, p. 67-73.

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