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ISRN Mathematical Analysis
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 957473, 10 pages
Analytical Approximation to the Solution of Nonlinear Blasius’ Viscous Flow Equation by LTNHPM
Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, University of Guilan, P.O. Box 1914, Rasht, Iran
Received 16 November 2011; Accepted 8 December 2011
Academic Editor: S. Zhang
Copyright © 2012 Hossein Aminikhah. 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.
Laplace transform and new homotopy perturbation methods are adopted to study Blasius’ viscous flow equation analytically. The solutions approximated by the proposed method are shown to be precise as compared to the corresponding results obtained by Howarth’s numerical method. A high accuracy of the new method is evident.
One of the well-known equations arising in fluid mechanics and boundary layer approach is Blasius’ differential equation. Blasius  in 1908 found the exact solution of boundary layer equation over a flat plate. Afterwards it has been solved by Howarth  by means of some numerical methods. The solution of Blasius equation was studied recently by AbuSitta for the mixing layers of fluid past a flat plate and the existence of a solution well established in . Asaithambi  presented an effective finite difference method which has improved the previous numerical methods by reducing the amount of computational work. Recently, He , Abbasbandy , Esmaeilpour and Ganji  obtained an approximate solution for Blasius equation using HPM, ADM, and VIM. In this work, we obtain an analytical approximation to the solution of the classical Blasius flat-plate problem using combination of Laplace transform and new homotopy perturbation method (LTNHPM). The results obtained via LTNHPM are compared with the numerical solutions  which confirms the validity of the proposed method.
2. Governing Equations
Boundary layer flow over a flat plate is governed by the continuity and the Navier-Stokes equations. For a two-dimensional, steady-state, incompressible flow with zero pressure gradient over a flat plate, governing equations are simplified to The boundary conditions are Assuming that the leading edge of the plate is and the plate is infinity long, this system can be simplified further to an ordinary differential equation. To do this, we have an equation that reads To make this quantity dimensionless, it can be divided by to obtain where is the dimensionless stream function. The velocity component which is equal to can be expressed as follows: So . Also the transverse velocity component can be expressed as Now, inserting (2.5) and (2.6) into the second boundary layer flow equation therefore, with boundary equations In 1908, Blasius  provided a solution in the following form: where , , .
Blasius evaluated by demonstrating another approximation of at large . Then, by means of matching two different approximations at a proper point, he obtained the numerical result . In 1938, by means of a numerical technique, Howarth  gained a more accurate value utilized to solve Blasius equation (2.8).
3. Analysis of the Method
To illustrate the basic ideas of this method, let us consider the following nonlinear differential equation with the following initial conditions where is a general differential operator and is a known analytical function. The operator can be divided into two parts, and , where is a linear and is a nonlinear operator. Therefore, (3.1) can be rewritten as By the NHPM , we construct a homotopy , which satisfies or equivalently, where is an embedding parameter and is an initial approximation of solution of (3.1). Clearly, we have, from (3.4) and (3.5), By applying Laplace transform on both sides of (3.5), we have Using the differential property of Laplace transform, we have or By applying inverse Laplace transform on both sides of (3.9), we have According to the HPM, we can first use the embedding parameter as a small parameter and assume that the solutions of (3.10) can be represented as a power series in as Now, let us write the (3.10) in the following form: Comparing coefficients of terms with identical powers of , leads to Suppose that the initial approximation has the form , ; therefore, the exact solution may be obtained as follows:
4. LTNHPM Applied to the Nonlinear Blasius Ordinary Differential Equation
Consider the nonlinear Blasius ordinary differential equation (2.8). For solving this equation by applying the new homotopy perturbation method, we construct the following homotopy: where is an embedding parameter and is an initial approximation of solution of (2.8).
Clearly, we have from (4.1) By applying Laplace transform on both sides of (4.1), we have Using the differential property of Laplace transform, we have or By applying inverse Laplace transform on both sides of (4.5), we have According to the HPM, we use the embedding parameter as a small parameter and assume that the solutions of (4.6) can be represented as a power series in as
Substituting (4.7) into (4.6) and equating the terms with the identical powers of lead to To complete the solution, we choose , , and . Solving (4.8) for , , leads to the results Therefore, we gain the solution of (2.8) as According to Howarth calculation , inserting , therefore, the analytical approximation to the solution of Blasius equation can be expressed as Suppose , , , and , some numerical results of these solutions are presented in Tables 1 and 2, Figures 1 and 2.
In this paper, the combined Laplace transform and homotopy perturbation methods are employed to give numerical solutions of the classical Blasius flat-plate flow in fluid mechanics. To illustrate the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed procedure, various different examples in the interval have also been analyzed and the numerical results are listed in Tables 1 and 2. Also, we have compared, in Figures 1 and 2, the numerical values of and with those of Howarth . The results are found to be in good agreement. The results show that the LTNHPM is an effective mathematical tool which can play a very important role in nonlinear sciences.
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