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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 573782, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/573782
Research Article

Variational Iteration Method for the Magnetohydrodynamic Flow over a Nonlinear Stretching Sheet

1National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Engineering, Soochow University, 199 Ren-ai Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123, China
2Nantong Textile Institute of Soochow University, 58 Chong-chuan Road, Nantong, Jiangsu 226018, China
3Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Received 10 December 2012; Accepted 22 February 2013

Academic Editor: de Dai

Copyright © 2013 Lan Xu and Eric W. M. Lee. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The variational iteration method (VIM) is applied to solve the boundary layer problem of magnetohydrodynamic flow over a nonlinear stretching sheet. The combination of the VIM and the Padé approximants is shown to be a powerful method for solving two-point boundary value problems consisting of systems of nonlinear differential equations. And the comparison of the obtained results with other available results shows that the method is very effective and convenient for solving boundary layer problems.