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ISRN Computational Mathematics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 341069, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/341069
Research Article

Approximate Solution for the Electrohydrodynamic Flow in a Circular Cylindrical Conduit

1Department of Mathematics, University of Karachi, Karachi 75270, Pakistan
2Abdul Salam School of Mathematical Sciences, GC University, Lahore, Pakistan
3Department of Mathematics, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
4Department of Mathematics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

Received 21 November 2011; Accepted 27 December 2011

Academic Editors: P. Castillo and D. S. Corti

Copyright © 2012 Najeeb Alam Khan et al. 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

This paper considers the nonlinear boundary value problem (BVP) for the electrohydrodynamic flow of a fluid in an ion drag configuration in a circular cylindrical conduit. The velocity field was solved using the new homotopy perturbation method (NHPM), considering the electrical field and strength of the nonlinearity. The approximate analytical procedure depends only on two components and polynomial initial condition. The analytical solution is obtained and the numerical results presented graphically. The effects of the Hartmann electric number โ„‹ ๐‘Ž and the strength of nonlinearity ๐›ผ are discussed and presented graphically. We also compare this method with numerical solution (N.S) and show that the present approach is less computational and is applicable for solving nonlinear boundary value problem (BVP).