Volume 5, Issue 3, June 2017, Page: 78-90
The Effect of Physical Parameters on Flow Variables of an Electrically Conducting Viscoelastic Fluid
Binyam Zigta, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Purnachandra Rao Koya, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Received: Apr. 14, 2017;       Accepted: Apr. 27, 2017;       Published: Jun. 23, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajam.20170503.13      View  2580      Downloads  139
In this paper the effect physical parameters on flow variables of unsteady, incompressible, electrically conducting viscoelastic fluid flowing between a pair of infinite vertical Couette porous channel walls embedded in a porous medium is analyzed. A uniform magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the channel walls. The temperature of the moving wall varies periodically. The temperature difference between the two walls is high enough due to thermal radiation. The solution of the governing equations is obtained using regular perturbation techniques. This technique is applied on partial differential equations that are difficult to solve. These partial differential equations are reduced to a set of ordinary differential equations in dimensionless form and thus they can be solved analytically. The effects of physical parameters on the flow variables are studied and the results have been discussed. The physical parameters considered include Hartmann number, viscoelastic parameter, Permeability of porous medium, chemical reaction parameter, radiative parameter, thermal Grashof number for heat transfer, modified Grashof number for mass transfer, frequency parameter, Prandtl number, mass diffusivity and Schmidt number. The flow variables considered include velocity, temperature and concentration. The theoretical results have been supported by simulation study. The observations include: (i) velocity decreases with increasing values of frequency, Hartmann number and viscoelastic parameter (ii) velocity increases with increasing values of temperature, thermal Grashof number, modified Grashof number and permeability of porous medium, (iii) the temperature decreases near the moving channel wall when the radiative parameter increases (iv) the temperature approaches to zero in the region near to the boundary layer of the stationary channel wall when the radiative parameter increases (v) concentration decreases with an increment in both chemical reaction and Schmidt number and (vi) The velocity of fluid increases as thermal Grashof number and modified Grashof number increases.
Viscoelastic Fluid, MHD, Couette Channel Walls, Permeability of Porous Medium
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Binyam Zigta, Purnachandra Rao Koya, The Effect of Physical Parameters on Flow Variables of an Electrically Conducting Viscoelastic Fluid, American Journal of Applied Mathematics. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2017, pp. 78-90. doi: 10.11648/j.ajam.20170503.13
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