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Volume 7,     Number 4,     Winter 1999

 

FREE CONVECTION TO POWER-LAW FLUIDS
FROM A VERTICAL PLATE OF
VARIABLE SURFACE HEAT FLUX
MEHMET GEM ECE AND SEMIHA ERBAS

Abstract. Steady free convection laminar boundary-layer flow along a heated vertical plate immersed in a quiescent power-law fluid is investigated. Heat flux on the plate surface is assumed to have a power-law variation. Similarity solutions are obtained numerically for the boundary-layer velocity and temperature profiles. The effects of flow behavior index and the generalized Prandtl number on the surface shear stress and temperature are determined.

 

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