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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 23, Issue 9, Pages 617-625

Low Reynolds number stability of MHD plane Poiseuille flow of an Oldroyd fluid

Department of Mathematics, University of Burdwan, Burdwan, West Bengal 713104, India

Received 19 August 1998

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The linear stability of plane Poiseuille flow at low Reynolds number of a conducting Oldroyd fluid in the presence of a transverse magnetic field has been investigated numerically. Spectral tau method with expansions in Chebyshev polynomials is used to solve the Orr-Sommerfeld equation. It is found that viscoelastic parameters have destabilizing effect and magnetic field has a stabilizing effect in the field of flow. But no instabilities are found.