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ISRN Thermodynamics
Volume 2012, Article ID 146263, 8 pages
Research Article

Magnetohydrodynamics and Radiation Effects on Unsteady Convection Flow of Micropolar Fluid Past a Vertical Porous Plate with Variable Wall Heat Flux

Department of Mathematics, Acharya Nagarjuna University Ongole Campus, Ongole 523 001, AP, India

Received 28 March 2012; Accepted 19 April 2012

Academic Editors: J. K. Brennan, A. Ghoufi, and H. Hirao

Copyright © 2012 M. Gnaneswara Reddy. 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.


An analysis is presented for the problem of the unsteady two-dimensional laminar flow of a viscous incompressible micropolar fluid past a vertical porous plate in the presence of a transverse magnetic field and thermal radiation with variable heat flux. The free stream velocity follows an exponentially increasing or decreasing small perturbation law. A uniform magnetic field acts perpendicularly to the porous surface in which it absorbs the micropolar fluid with a suction velocity varying with time. The Rosseland approximation is used to describe radiative heat transfer in the limit of optically thick fluids. The effects of flow parameters and thermophysical properties on the flow temperature fields across the boundary layer are investigated. The method of solution can be applied for small perturbation approximation. Numerical results of velocity profiles of micropolar fluids are compared with the corresponding flow problems for a Newtonian fluid. Also, the results of the skin-friction coefficient and the couple stress coefficient at the wall are prepared with various values of the fluid properties.