This paper aims to study the influence of thermal radiation on unsteady magnetohyrdodynamic (MHD) natural convection flow of an optically thick fluid over a vertical plate embedded in a porous medium with arbitrary shear stress. Combined phenomenon of heat and mass transfer is considered. Closed-form solutions in general form are obtained by using the Laplace transform technique. They are expressed in terms of exponential and complementary error functions. Velocity is expressed as a sum of thermal and mechanical parts. Corresponding limiting solutions are also reduced from the general solutions. It is found that the obtained solutions satisfy all imposed initial and boundary conditions and reduce to some known solutions from the literature as special cases. Analytical results for the pertinent flow parameters are drawn graphically and discussed in detail. It is found that the velocity profiles of fluid decrease with increasing shear stress. The magnetic parameter develops shear resistance which reduces the fluid motion whereas the inverse permeability parameter increases the fluid flow.

1. Introduction

Heat and mass transfer process is observed in lots of practical situations, for example, evaporation and chemical reactions as well as condensation. The industrial applications include many transport processes where the simultaneous heat and mass transfer occurs as a result of combined buoyancy effects of thermal diffusion and diffusion of chemical species. Possibly, this is because of the fact that, in many numbers of technical transfer processes, the study of mixed heat and mass transfer is helpful. Few attempts in this direction are made by Singh [1], Narahari [2], Narahari and Nayan [3], Narahari and Ishak [4], Chaudhary and Jain [5], Das et al. [6], Soundalgekar et al. [7], and Muthucumaraswamy et al. [8, 9]. A few late efforts in the same area of research are presented in [49]. Significant concern has been originated in the study of magnetic field and the electrically conducting fluids flow, while medium is porous [10]. The unsteady free convection fluid flows which are incompressible and viscous near a porous infinite plate with arbitrary time dependent heating plate are investigated by Toki and Tokis [11]. The results of chemical reaction of viscous fluid which are electrically conducting through a porous medium in two-dimensional steady free convection flow past a vertical surface with slip flow region have been presented by Senapati et al. [12]. MHD free convection flow of an incompressible viscous fluid near an oscillating plate embedded in a porous medium has been presented by Khan et al. [13]. Therefore, many researchers have studied free convection flow past a vertical plate with thermal radiation [1416].

Moreover, several research papers on free convection fluid flows with different thermal conditions at the bounding plate which are continuous and well-defined at the wall are found. However, a number of problems seem with different conditions at the wall. Therefore, its investigation under step change in wall temperature is meaningful. The physical significance of this thought can be seen in the fabrication of thin-film photovoltaic devices [17]. Whenever the conventional supposition of periodic outdoor conditions may lead to substantial errors in the case of a significant temporary deviation of the temperature from periodicity, such as in air conditioning, periodic step changes in temperature are important [18]. Here some of recent and important contributions [1824] are presented.

Fluid flow past an infinite plate is of much importance due to its large practical applications. Such motion is due to many effects such as motions due to wall shear stress. Closed-form results of the problems with shear stress on the wall are difficult; therefore a very rare research is found in the literature. Slip velocity depends on the shear stress linearly; this idea was presented by Navier [25]. Free convection flow near a vertical plate that applies arbitrary shear stress to the fluid was investigated by Fetecau et al. [26]. However, as yet no research has been presented earlier in the literature which mainly focuses on the free convection conjugate flow with thermal diffusion, while taking arbitrary shear stress along ramped wall temperature.

Therefore, exact solutions for MHD conjugate flow of a viscous fluid past a vertical plate that applies arbitrary shear stress to the fluid are presented in this paper. Exact solutions of the initial and boundary value problems that govern the flow are obtained by using Laplace transform technique. From general solutions some of special and limiting cases are derived. The results for velocity field, the temperature field, and concentration field are shown graphically and discussed for different embedded parameters.

2. Mathematical Formulation

Consider the unsteady MHD free convection flow of an incompressible viscous fluid over an infinite vertical plate. The geometry of the problem is presented in Figure 1. The plate is along the -axis and the -axis is assumed normal to it. The plate and the fluid are at stationary positions with the constant temperature and concentration . The fluid experiences shear stress by the plate after . In the meantime, the plate temperature is aroused or let down to , when , and thereafter, for , is kept at constant temperature and concentration is aroused to . The radiation is taken in the energy equation. However, the radiative heat flux is assumed negligible in -direction. We suppose that the fluid flow is laminar, grey absorbing-emitting radiation but the medium is with no scattering. Furthermore, we suppose that the fluid is electrically conducting. Hence, we take the following Maxwell equations:In the above equations, , , and are the magnetic field, electric field intensity, and the magnetic permeability of the fluid, respectively. By using Ohm’s law, the current density is given aswhere is the electrical conductivity of the fluid. Further we make the following assumptions.(i), , are constants throughout the flow field.(ii) is perpendicular to .(iii)The induced magnetic field is negligible compared with the imposed magnetic field .(iv)The magnetic Reynolds number is small.(v)The electric field is zero.

Therefore, the linearized form of the electromagnetic body force [27] isUsing Boussinesq’s approximation and neglecting the viscous dissipation, the equations governing the flow are given by [2]where , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and are the fluid velocity in -direction, the fluid concentration, the fluid temperature, its kinematic viscosity, the gravitational acceleration, the constant density, the mass transfer coefficient, the heat transfer coefficient, the fluid electric conductivity, the heat capacity, the applied magnetic field, the thermal conductivity, the radiative heat flux, mass diffusivity, thermal diffusivity, and the permeability of the porous medium.

The corresponding initial and boundary conditions areThe radiation heat flux under Rosseland approximation for optically thick fluid [28] is given bywhere and are the Stefan-Boltzman constant and the mean absorption coefficient. We can see from (8) that the radiation term is nonlinear. Recently David Maxim Gururaj and Anjali Devi [29] used nonlinear radiation effects and studied MHD boundary layer flow with forced convection past a nonlinearly stretching surface with variable temperature. Therefore, we follow David Maxim Gururaj and Anjali Devi [29] and assume that the temperature differences within the flow are sufficiently small; that is, the difference between the fluid temperature and the free stream temperature is negligible, so that (8) can be linearized by expanding into the Taylor series about , which after neglecting higher order terms takes the formIntroducing (5), (8), and (9), we getwhere , , and are defined byTaking the nondimensional variablesby eliminating the star notations into (4), (6), and (10), we obtainwhere is the effective Prandtl number [28, Equation ] and are the Grashof number, modified Grashof number, magnetic parameter, Schmidt number, the inverse permeability parameter for the porous medium, the characteristic time, and Soret number, respectively.

The nondimensional initial and boundary conditions are

3. Solution of the Problem

To solve (13) under conditions (15), by taking Laplace transform technique, we obtainedwith boundary conditionsSolving (17) using (19), we getby inverse Laplace transform givingwherewhich is the Nusselt number. Error complementary error functions of Gauss [30] are denoted by and .

Solution of (18) under boundary conditions (19) yieldsby taking inverse Laplace transform givingwhich is the corresponding mass transfer rate also known as Sherwood number.

The solution of (16) under boundary conditions (19) results inwhich upon inverse Laplace transform results inwhere corresponds to convective part of velocity which is defined asand is mechanical part of velocity defined aswhere

4. Plate with Constant Temperature

The solution of (17) under boundary conditions (19) for constant temperature yieldsThe solution of (16) under boundary conditions (19) for constant temperature isupon inverse Laplace transformwhere

5. Limiting Cases

Here some limiting cases are presented.

5.1. Solution in the Absence of Porous Effects ()

From (21) and (24), it is seen that the temperature fields and concentration fields are not affected by the inverse permeability parameter for the porous medium . Hence, the velocities for both case of the plate are aswhereand for isothermal

5.2. Solutions in the Absence of Free Convection

Consider that the fluid flow is due to bounding plate and the corresponding and are zero. In this case, the fluid motion is only by the mechanical part of velocities given by (31).

5.3. Solutions in the Absence of Mechanical Effects

Let us suppose that the infinite plate is motionless at every time;that is, is zero for all values of . Mechanical parts are equivalently zero in both cases of the plates. Therefore, the motion in the fluid is a result of the free convection which is caused due to the buoyancy forces. Hence, the fluid velocities are only represented by their convective parts obtained in (28) and (36).

5.4. Solution in the Absence of Magnetic Parameter ()

From (21) and (24), the temperature fields and concentration fields are not affected by , and the velocities in the absence of are given bywhereand for isothermal

6. Special Cases

The obtained velocities in Section 3 are more general. Hence, some special cases of the present results are presented. In order to learn much more about the physical importance of the problem, technical relevance of these cases is found in literature.

6.1. Case-I:

Consider , where and are a dimensionless constant and the unit step function. The infinite vertical plate applies a constant shear stress to the fluid which is observed after time . There is no change seen in convective part of the velocity, while the mechanical part has been changed asequivalentlyfor , . Moreover, if we take , (45) reduces to the formwhich is equivalent to [30, Equation