Effect of variable viscosity on combined forced and free convection boundary-layer flow over a horizontal plate with blowing or suction

  • Published : 2007.03.30


The effects of variable viscosity, blowing or suction on mixed convection flow of a viscous incompressible fluid past a semi-infinite horizontal flat plate aligned parallel to a uniform free stream in the presence of the wall temperature distribution inversely proportional to the square root of the distance from the leading edge have been investigated. The equations governing the flow are transformed into a system of coupled non-linear ordinary differential equations by using similarity variables. The similarity equations have been solved numerically. The effect of the viscosity temperature parameter, the buoyancy parameter and the blowing or suction parameter on the velocity and temperature profiles as well as on the skin-friction coefficient and the Nusselt number are discussed.