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Finite Element Method Solution of Boundary Layer Flow of PowellEyring Nanofluid over a Nonlinear Stretching Surface
Abstract
The nonlinear convective flow of EyringPowell nanofluid using CatteneoChristov model with heat generation or absorption term and chemical reaction rate over nonlinear stretching surface is analyzed. The simultaneous nonlinear partial differential equations governing the boundary layer flow are transformed to the corresponding nonlinear ordinary differential equations using similarity solution and then solved using Galerkin finite element method (GFEM). The impacts of pertinent governing parameters like Brownian diffusion, thermophoresis, mixed convection, heat generation or absorption, chemical reaction rate, Deborah numbers, Prandtl number, magnetic field parameter, Lewis number, nonlinear stretching sheet, and EyringPowell fluid parameters on velocity field, temperature, and nanoparticle concentration are given in both figures and tabular form. The result shows that the rise in chemical reaction rate will improve mass transfer rate and reduce heat transfer rate and local buoyancy parameter has quit opposite effect. The attributes of local skin friction coefficient, Nusselt number, and Sheer wood number are investigated and validated with existing literatures.
1. Introduction
Due to wide application of nonNewtonian fluids in the advancement of modern technologies, many researchers engaged to explore the nonNewtonian fluid. The investigators exposed that nonNewtonian fluids are applicable in polymer devolatilization and processing, heat exchangers, extrusion process, wire and fiber coating, chemical processing equipment, etc. Different researchers studied different nonNewtonian models by different solution method. Modeling of the viscoelastic properties of polymers has often been a very hot subject. The viscoelastic constitutive equations have been developed for the understanding of the numerous means of deformation and flow but unluckily have not offered us quantitative prophetic power. Extremely often the predictions depend on the model applied for the computations and are not confirmed with experimental observations. Few viscoelastic boundary layer flow problems can be solved with the suitable constitutive equations, but this is still an area of academic research with partial practical applications at the moment.
Most of the products we enjoy today in our daily life are invented from polymers. Some of them are house wares, toys, knobs, appliance parts, electrical fixtures, toothbrushes, cups, handles, lids, and packages. The EyringPower law model which is often used in chemical engineering is also capable of modelling these complex fluid flows under general flow conditions. Many fluids do not exhibit the same type of rheological attributes. They exhibit Newtonian character for a range of shear stresses and nonNewtonian character for some other ranges of shear stresses. In some cases, these types of fluids are suitable to be investigated. Among this kind of scenario, the present study paid attention to EyringPowell model which has more advantage as a result of its reduction to Newtonian model for smaller and larger shear rates. To give clear insight on nonNewtonian flow especially EyringPowell fluid, recently much research has been conducted. We discuss few of them as follows.
Satyaban et al. [1] studied mixed convective flow of a PowellEyring fluid over a nonlinear stretching surface with thermal diffusion and diffusion thermo. Khan et al. [2] analyzed flow of an EyringPowell fluid over a stretching sheet. Gaffar et al. [3] investigated nonNewtonian thermal convection of EyringPowell fluid from an isothermal sphere with Biot number effects. Obaid et al. [4] studied entropy generation in MHD Eyring–Powell fluid flow over an unsteady oscillatory porous stretching surface under the impact of thermal radiation and heat source/sink. The effect of CattaneoChristov heat flux model for EyringPowell fluid over an exponentially stretching sheet is discussed by Ahmad and Iqbal [5]. The boundary layer flow of the nonNewtonian powerlaw fluid past the nonlinear stretching sheet has been analyzed by Megahed [6, 7]. Later on, Megahed [8] introduced the concepts of flow and heat transfer of nonNewtonian Sisko fluid past a nonlinearly stretching sheet with heat generation and viscous dissipation. Upadhay and Raju [9] explored CattaneoChristov on heat and mass transfer of unsteady EyringPowell dusty nanofluid over sheet with heat and mass flux conditions. Kumar et al. [10] discussed the concept of magnetohydrodynamic CattaneoChristov flow past a cone and a wedge with variable heat source/sink. Later on, Kumar et al. [11] introduced impact of nonlinear radiation on MHD nonaligned stagnation point flow of micropolar fluid over a convective surface. Beside this, Kumar et al. [12] investigated the impact of Brownian motion and thermophoresis on bioconvective flow of nanoliquids past a variable thickness surface with slip effects.
Hayat et al. [13] described MHD nonlinear stretching flow of Powell–Eyring nanomaterial. Madhu and Kishan [14] derived MHD boundarylayer flow of a nonNewtonian nanofluid past a stretching sheet with a heat source/sink. Rahimi et al. [15] presented solution of the boundary layer flow of an EyringPowell nonNewtonian fluid over a linear stretching sheet by collocation method. Akinshilo and Olaye [16] explained the analysis of the EyringPowell model based fluid flow in a pipe with temperature dependent viscosity and internal heat generation. Madhu and Kishan [17] analyzed finite element analysis of heat and mass transfer by MHD mixed convection stagnationpoint flow of a nonNewtonian powerlaw nanofluid towards a stretching surface with radiation. Babu et al. [18] described free convective MHD CattaneoChristov flow over three different geometries with thermophoresis and Brownian motion.
Moreover, large temperature difference between the surface and the ambient fluid forces the researchers to investigate the nonlinear density temperature (NDT) difference in the buoyancy force term due to its major influence on the flow and heat transfer characteristics. Vajravelu and Sastri [19] investigated the flow between two parallel plates in view of the quadratic density temperature (QDT) variation and reported that the flow and heat transfer rates are considerably affected by it. The fully developed free convection flow in circular pipe with nonlinear density temperature variations was studied by Bhargava and Agarwal [20]. Khan et al. [21] investigated entropy generation in radiative motion of tangent hyperbolic nanofluid in presence of activation energy and nonlinear mixed convection. The nonlinear convection effects on the flow past a flat porous plate have been investigated by Vajravelu et al. [22]. Khan et al. [23] studied the numerical simulation of nonlinear thermal radiation and homogeneousheterogeneous reactions in convective flow by a variable thickened surface.
Most recently, Hayat and Nadeem [24] solved flow of 3D EyringPowell fluid by utilizing CattaneoChristov heat flux model and chemical processes over an exponentially stretching surface. In the same year, Saima and Noreen [25] presented magnetothermohydrodynamic peristaltic flow of EyringPowell nanofluid in asymmetric channel. Later on, Wubshet Ibrahim and Bullo Hindebu [26] analyzed MHD boundary layer flow of EyringPowell nanofluid past stretching cylinder with CattaneoChristov heat flux model. Kumar et al. [27] analyzed impact of Lorentz force on unsteady bioconvective flow of Carreau fluid across a variable thickness sheet with nonFourier heat flux model. Ramadevi et al. [28] scrutinized MHD flow of Carreau fluid over a variable thickness melting surface subject to CattaneoChristov heat flux. Kumar et al. [29] have been studying MHD Carreau fluid flow past a melting surface with CattaneoChristov heat flux.
From the surveyed literatures above, it has been observed that the problem of nonlinear convective flow of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) boundary layer flow of an EyringPowell nanofluid using CatteneoChristov model with heat generation/absorption and chemical reaction term past nonlinear stretching surface is still limited. Additional effects of local buoyancy parameter, local heat generation, chemical reaction rate, nonlinear stretching sheet parameter, and the technique used to solve the problem are added features to the uniqueness.
Thus, the main target of the present study is to analyze nonlinear convective flow of twodimensional steady laminar incompressible magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) boundary layer flow of an electrically conducting EyringPowell nanofluid using CatteneoChristov model with heat generation/absorption and chemical reaction over nonlinear stretching surface. The impacts of diverse governing variables on fluid velocity, temperature of the fluid, and nanoparticle concentration profile of laminar boundary layer flow are presented in both graphs and tabular form. The numerical method employed to solve the current problem is Galerkin finite element method (GFEM) [21–30].
2. Mathematical Formulation of the Problem
We analyze a nonlinear convective flow of twodimensional steady laminar incompressible magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) boundary layer flow of EyringPowell nanofluid using CatteneoChristov model with heat generation or absorption and chemical reaction over nonlinear stretching surface. The diagram of the targeted incompressible boundary layer flow is illustrated in Figure 1. The xaxis is considered along the nonlinear stretching surface and the yaxis is taken normal to it. The surface is extended with a nonlinear velocity , where is constant. The induced magnetic field is ignored owing to small Reynolds number.
The extra stress tensor for PowellEyring fluid is given by [30]where represents dynamic viscosity and and stand for materials constants.
Assumingthe governing equations for the boundary layer flow arewith appropriate boundary conditionwhere and are the velocity components in the and directions, is the kinematic viscosity, is the stretching velocity, is the gravitational acceleration, and are linear and nonlinear thermal expansion coefficients due to temperature and and are linear and nonlinear thermal expansion coefficients due to concentration, is density of base liquid, is specific heat capacity of the base fluid, is thermal diffusivity of the base fluid, is temperature, is concentration, is electric conductivity, is magnetic parameter, is a reaction rate, is the Brownian diffusion coefficient, is the thermophoresis diffusion coefficient, and is the ratio of the effective heat capacity of the nanoparticle material and the heat capacity of base fluid.
These simultaneous partial differential equations (PDEs) (3)(6) with the corresponding boundary conditions (7) are reduced to ordinary differential equations (ODEs) using similarity transformation. In this case, continuity equation and momentum equation are reduced to a single ODE and energy equation and concentration equation are reduced to another ODE.
We know set up the similarity transformation as follows [31]:where is a similarity variable stream function defined as
and which identically satisfies continuity equation (3), is dimensionless function, is dimensionless temperature, and is dimensionless nanoparticle concentration.
Substituting (8) into (4)(6), we obtain the following corresponding simultaneous nonlinear ordinary differential equations:with the corresponding boundary conditionswherewhere is the Prandtl number, is the Deborah number with respect to the relaxation time of the heat flux, is the Deborah number due to nanoparticle concentration, and are EyringPowell fluid parameters, is magnetic field parameter, is mixed convection parameter/local buoyancy parameter, is nonlinear convection parameter due to temperature, is nonlinear convection parameter due to concentration, is ratio of concentration to thermal buoyancy forces, is Grashof number in terms of temperature, is Grashof number in terms of concentration, is Brownian motion parameter, is thermophoresis parameter, is heat generation/absorption term, is Lewis number, and is chemical reaction rate.
The Engineering quantities of interest in the study are local skin coefficient friction , the Nusselt number and the nanoparticle of Sherwood number are given by , where is the wall skin friction, is the heat flux and is the nanofluid mass flux at the surface of the sheet defined as follow:After replacing the values from similarity transformation in (8) into (14), we obtainHere, and are reduced form of Nusselt number and nanoparticle Sherwood number, respectively, and the local Reynolds number depending on the nonlinear stretching surface velocity is given by
3. Method of Solution
We employed the Galerkin finite element method which is a prominent technique to solve nonlinear differential equations through the following five steps that are essential to realize what the approach of the FEM is (see [13, 32–34]):(i)Discretization of the domain into elements(ii)Element formulation which is called setup of differential equation in its weak form(iii)Assembly of element equations known as setup of global problem or obtaining equations for the entire system from the equations for one element(iv)Impose the appropriate boundary condition(v)Solve the system of equations.
An attribute feature of the finite element method is that, instead of seeking the approximation solution over the entire region, the region is partitioned into smaller elements and the approximation is then carried out over each element. After determining the character of all single elements, the elements is patched together, which hopefully enables us to get an approximate solution over the entire body.
Assuming the simultaneous nonlinear ordinary differential equations in (9)(11) with the boundary conditions in (12) are reduced towith the corresponding boundary conditionsAt this step, we discretize the whole domain into elements called Mesh.
The second step is writing the weighted integral form associated with (17), (18), (19), and (20) over a typical threenode linear element as follows:where , and are arbitrary weight functions and may be considered as the variation in , and , respectively, and domain represents the interval of the boundary layer region.
At the third step, we seek approximation solution of the formwith , the quadratic shape functions defined aswhere
At the fourth step, replacing approximate solution (26) into (22)(25), we obtain the finite element model for the equation which is given bywhere denotes the elemental stiffness matrix, is the vector of elemental nodal variables (unknowns), and is the force vector expressed as follows:where each is of the order and is of the order .
These matrices are defined as where
4. Results and Discussion
The numerical method employed to solve the present problem is influential method in solving nonlinear partial differential equations and called Galerkin finite element method (GFEM). The nonlinear partial differential equations governing the laminar boundary layer flow were converted to the matching nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODEs) using appropriate similarity transformation and then passed through five necessary steps for solving differential equations using GFEM. We used Gaussian integration rule to evaluate the integrations in (30) and (31) and Matlab software is employed to produce the numerical result. Moreover, we interpreted the impact of physical parameters like magnetic field, Prandtl number, Brownian motion, thermophoresis, mixed convection/local buoyancy parameter, Deborah number with respect to the relaxation time of the heat flux and nanoparticle concentration, heat generation or absorption term, chemical reaction rate, ratio of concentration to thermal buoyancy forces, and stretching sheet parameter. The results are illustrated by tabular and graphical forms. The default values of the related parameters used for this study areThese values are carefully chosen in accordance with previous literatures (see [31]).
Figures 2, 3, and 4 show the impacts of magnetic field variable on nanoparticle concentration, temperature profile, and velocity field, respectively. Figures 2 and 3 show the attribute of both nanoparticle concentration and temperature profile of the fluid when magnetic field varies. The graphs reveal that as magnetic field intensified, both the temperature and concentration graphs rise up. This is in agreement with the physical meanings of magnetic field which is directly related to Lorentz force that has the capability of increasing the nanoparticle volume fraction in the motion of the nanofluid and fluid temperature as well. Opposite to this as seen from Figure 4, the enhancement in magnetic field parameter reduces the fluid velocity. This is due to the enhancement of Lorentz force which opposes the motion of the fluid.
It is observed from Figure 6 that an increase in thermophoresis parameter increases the temperature of the fluid. This is a result of large thermophoretic force which causes large temperature gradient that produces movement of suspended particle from higher temperature to lower temperature.
Figures 5 and 7 also indicate that the enhancement in thermophoresis parameter will enhance both velocity of the fluid and nanoparticle concentration profile. This is due to large thermophoresis which causes particle migration to produce nonuniform distribution of nanoparticle concentration as seen from Figure 7.
Brownian motion is the unsystematic motion of particles suspended in fluid resulting from their collision with highspeed moving molecules in the fluid. It is crystal clear that Brownian motion parameter enlargement leads to the increase in thermal boundary layer region as indicated in Figure 9 and opposite to this the enlargement in Brownian motion parameter which causes in fluid motion the particle deposition away from fluid regime and then produces the nanoparticle volume fraction decrease or nanoparticle concentration reduction as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 10 reveals that the increase in heat generation or absorption parameter magnifies the temperature of the fluid and thermal boundary layer thickness of the fluid. This is simply as expected that adding heat to the fluid will rise temperature of the fluid. Figure 11 shows nanoparticle concentration diminishes as Lewis number increases. The Lewis number (Le) characterizes fluid flows where there are simultaneous heat and mass transfer. Thus, it is a measure of the relative thermal and masstransfer (concentration) boundary layer thicknesses and hence increase in Lewis number also results in diminishing concentration boundary layer thickness.
Figures 12 and 13 describe the notion that the amplification in Prandtl number results in diminishing both temperature and nanoparticle concentration profile, respectively. It also indicates a shrink in both thermal boundary layer and boundary layer width of concentration. Since Prandtl number itself relates momentum diffusivity and thermal diffusivity, it controls the relative thickness of the momentum and thermal boundary layers. Therefore, a large value of Pr implies heat diffuses slowly compared to the velocity (momentum).
Figures 14–19 show mixed convection parameter and EyringPowell fluid parameter have similar influences on velocity field, temperature, and nanoparticle concentration, respectively. Velocity field increases with enlargement in mixed convection parameter and both nanoparticle concentration and temperature of the fluid decrease with increase in . EyringPowell fluid parameter also exhibits similar property as shown in Figures 16–19.
As revealed in Figures 21 and 22, increase in chemical reaction rate reduces nanoparticle concentration; enhancement in Deborah number diminishes temperature profile and large values of Deborah number result in smaller value in nanoparticle concentration, respectively.
Figures 23 and 24 are drawn to manifest the effect of stretching sheet parameter on temperature and nanoparticle concentration profile, respectively. Stretching sheet parameter has decreasing impact on both temperature and nanoparticle concentration of the boundary layer flow.
Tables 1–3 pointed out that the results obtained in the present study in terms of engineering physical quantities of interest like local skin friction coefficient, local Nusselt number, and local Sheer wood number are in a good conformity with existing literature.



Table 4 reveals that the skin friction coefficient is an increasing function of magnetic field parameter , stretching sheet parameter , and EyringPowell fluid parameter and is a decreasing function of mixed convection parameter , and EyringPowell fluid parameter . Table 4 also indicates that local Nusselt number is an increasing function of Prandtl number , Deborah number , mixed convection parameter , stretching sheet parameter , and EyringPowell fluid parameters and is a decreasing function of Deborah number , heat generation or absorption term , thermophoresis parameter , and Brownian diffusion parameter .

Table 4 also shows sheer wood number is an increasing function of Prandtl number , Deborah number , mixed convection parameter , EyringPowell fluid parameters, chemical reaction rate , heat generation or absorption term , Brownian diffusion parameter , and Lewis number and is a decreasing function of Deborah number , stretching sheet parameter , and thermophoresis parameter .
5. Conclusion
We investigated the nonlinear convective flow of EyringPowell nanofluid using CatteneoChristov heat and mass flux model over a nonlinear stretching surface in the presence of heat generation/absorption and chemical reaction. The Galerkin finite element method (GFEM) is used to solve the coupled highly nonlinear partial differential equations resulting from the problem formulation. The attributes of the laminar follow pertinent to different governing parameters are indicated as follows:(i)Both nanoparticle concentration and temperature of the fluid are increasing functions of the magnetic field parameter and the velocity field is decreasing function of the magnetic field parameter(ii)Velocity field, temperature, and nanoparticle concentration profile are increasing functions of thermophoresis parameter(iii)The enlargement in Brownian motion yields large values in temperature and decrease in nanoparticle concentration(iv)Both nanoparticle concentration and temperature profile of the fluid are decreasing functions of the Lewis and Prandtl numbers(v)The temperature and nanoparticle concentration are reduced and opposite to this the velocity field increases when mixed convection parameter increases(vi)Velocity field is increasing function of EyringPowell fluid parameter and both temperature and concentration profiles are decreasing functions of (vii)The rise in reaction rate and the Deborah number due to nanoparticle concentration diminishes nanoparticle concentration of the boundary layer flow(viii)The larger stretching sheet parameter and the Deborah number with respect to relaxation time of heat flux results in reduction in temperature profile of the flowing fluid(ix)The rise in chemical reaction rate will improve mass transfer rate and reduce heat transfer rate and local buoyancy parameter has quit opposite effect.
Nomenclature
:  Constant 
:  Concentration 
:  Specific heat at constant pressure 
:  Skin friction coefficient 
:  Brownian diffusion 
:  Thermophoresis diffusion 
:  Galerkin finite element method 
:  Temperature 
:  Gravitational acceleration 
:  Velocity components 
:  Stretching velocity 
:  Kinematic viscosity 
:  Linear and nonlinear thermal expansion coefficients due to temperature 
:  Linear and nonlinear thermal expansion coefficients due to concentration 
:  Density of base liquid 
:  Thermal diffusivity of the base fluid 
:  Electric conductivity 
:  Magnetic field parameter 
:  Reaction rate 
:  Prandtl number 
:  Deborah number with respect to the relaxation time of the heat flux 
:  Deborah number due to nanoparticle concentration 
:  EyringPowell fluid parameters 
:  Magnetic field parameter 
:  Mixed convection parameter 
:  Nonlinear convection parameter due to temperature 
:  Nonlinear convection parameter due to concentration 
:  Ratio of concentration to thermal buoyancy forces 
:  Grashof number in terms of temperature 
:  Grashof number in terms of concentration 
:  Brownian motion parameter 
:  Thermophoresis parameter 
:  Heat generation/absorption term 
:  Lewis number 
:  Chemical reaction rate parameter 
:  Nusselt number 
:  Sherwood number subscript 
:  Condition at the free stream 
:  Condition at the surface. 
Data Availability
The data used in this article is freely available for the user.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
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