Journal of Computational Methods in Physics

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 939143, 10 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/939143

## A New Spectral-Homotopy Perturbation Method and Its Application to Jeffery-Hamel Nanofluid Flow with High Magnetic Field

Faculty of Technology of Mathematical Sciences and Statistics, Alneelain University, Algamhoria Street, P.O. Box 12702, Khartoum, Sudan

Received 23 May 2013; Revised 20 November 2013; Accepted 4 December 2013

Academic Editor: Ali Cemal Benim

Copyright © 2013 Ahmed A. Khidir. 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.

#### Abstract

We present a new modification of the homotopy perturbation method (HPM) for solving nonlinear boundary value problems. The technique is based on the standard homotopy perturbation method, and blending of the Chebyshev pseudospectral methods. The implementation of the new approach is demonstrated by solving the Jeffery-Hamel flow considering the effects of magnetic field and nanoparticle. Comparisons are made between the proposed technique, the standard homotopy perturbation method, and the numerical solutions to demonstrate the applicability, validity, and high accuracy of the present approach. The results demonstrate that the new modification is more efficient and converges faster than the standard homotopy perturbation method.

#### 1. Introduction

Many problems in the fields of physics, engineering, and biology are modeled by coupled linear or nonlinear systems of partial or ordinary differential equations. Compared to nonlinear equations, linear equations can be easily solved and finding analytical solutions to nonlinear problems on finite or infinite domains is one of the most challenging problems. Such problems do not usually admit closed from analytic solutions and in most cases we look for finding approximate solutions using numerical approximation techniques. Nonnumerical approaches include the classical power-series method and its variants for systems of nonlinear differential equations with small or large embedded parameters. One of these methods is the homotopy perturbation method (HPM). This method, which is a combination of homotopy in topology and classic perturbation techniques, provides us with a convenient way to obtain analytic or approximate solutions for a wide variety of problems arising in different scientific fields by continuously deforming the difficult problem into a set of simple linear problems that are easy to solve. It was proposed first by He [1–4]. He has successfully used the method to solve many types of linear and nonlinear differential equations such as Lighthill equation [1], Duffing equation [2], Blasius equation [5], wave equations [4], and boundary value problems [6]. Homotopy perturbation method has been recently intensively studied by many authors and they used the method for solving nonlinear problems and some modifications of this method have been published [7–12] to facilitate, make accurate calculations, and accelerate the rapid convergence of the series solution and reduce the size of work. Jalaal et al. [13] used HPM to investigate the acceleration motion of a vertically falling spherical particle in incompressible Newtonian media. Jalaal and Ganji [14] applied HPM successfully on the problem of unsteady rolling motion of spheres in inclined tubes filled with incompressible Newtonian fluids. They found that the inclination angle does not affect the acceleration duration.

The application of the homotopy perturbation method in linear and non-linear models has been developed by many scientists and engineers, because this method provides us with a convenient way to obtain analytic or approximate solutions for a wide variety of problems arising in different scientific fields by continuously deforming the difficult problem into a set of simple linear problems that are easy to solve (e.g., see [12, 15, 16]).

The homotopy perturbation method has been applied on the MHD Jeffery-Hamel problem by [17]. This model is one of the most applicable cases of the incompressible viscous fluid flow through convergent-divergent channels in fluid mechanics, civil, environmental, mechanical, and bio-mechanical engineering. Jeffery [18] and Hamel [19] were the first persons who discussed this case, and so it is known as Jeffery-Hamel problem. They presented an exact similarity solution of the Navier-Stokes equations in the special case of two-dimensional flow through a channel with inclined plane walls meeting at a vertex and with a source or sink at the vertex. The problem has been well extensively studied by several authors and discussed in many articles and textbooks. The study of [20] considers the steady two-dimensional radial flow of viscous fluid between plane walls which either converge or diverge. In the Ph.D. thesis [21], we find that Jeffery-Hamel flow is used as asymptotic boundary conditions to examine steady two-dimensional flow of a viscous fluid in a channel. But, here, certain symmetric solutions of the flow have been considered, although asymmetric solutions are both possible and of physical interest [22]. The classical Jeffery-Hamel problem was extended in [23] to include the effects of an external magnetic field on an electrically conducting fluid. Recent studies to solving the Jeffery-Hamel flow problem include perturbation techniques [24], Adomian decomposition method [25–27], homotopy analysis method [28–30], optimal homotopy asymptotic method [31], and variational iteration method [17].

In this work, we present an alternative and improved form of the HPM called spectral-homotopy perturbation method (SHPM) that blends the traditional homotopy perturbation method with the Chebyshev spectral collocation method. The advantage of this approach is that it is more flexible than HPM for choosing a linear operator and initial guess. In HPM, one is restricted to choosing a linear operator and initial approximation that would make the integration of the higher-order differential equations possible whereas the SHPM allows us to have a wider range of selecting linear operators and an initial guess may be used as long as it satisfies the boundary conditions.

We have applied the new technique to find an approximate solution of MHD Jeffery-Hamel flow and to study the effect of nanoparticle volume fraction on the velocity profile. We have made a comparison between the current results and the numerical solutions in plots and tables to show the applicability, validity, and accuracy of this method. The obtained results give rapid convergence, good accuracy and suggest that this newly improvement technique introduces power for solving nonlinear boundary value problems and several advantages of the SHPM over the HPM approach are also pointed out.

#### 2. Mathematical Formulation

We consider the steady two-dimensional flow of an incompressible conducting viscous fluid from a source or sink at the intersection between two rigid plane walls that the angel between them is as shown in Figure 1. The grid walls are considered to be divergent if and convergent if . We assume that the velocity is only along radial direction and depends on and so that only and, further, we assume that there is no magnetic field in the -direction. The velocity is assumed only along radial direction and depends on and . Conservation of mass and momentum for two-dimensional flow in the cylindrical coordinate can be expressed as follows: where is the fluid pressure, is the electromagnetic induction, and is the conductivity of the fluid.

The effective density , the effective dynamic viscosity , and the kinematic viscosity of the nanofluid are given as [33, 34] Here, is the solid volume fraction, is the viscosity of the basic fluid, and and are the densities of the pure fluid and nanoparticle, respectively. The continuity equation (1) implies that

Using the following dimensionless parameters [28]: and eliminating from (2) and (3), we obtain the following third-order non-linear ordinary differential equation for the normalized function profile : subject to the boundary conditions where is the Reynolds number given by where is the velocity at the center of the channel and is the Hartmann number.

#### 3. Homotopy Perturbation Method

To illustrate the basic ideas of the homotopy perturbation method, we consider the following nonlinear differential equation: with the boundary conditions where is a general operator, is a boundary operator, is a known analytic function, and is the boundary of the domain . The operator can, generally speaking, be divided into two parts, and , where is linear and is nonlinear. Equation (10) can therefore be written as follows: By the homotopy technique [29, 30], we construct a homotopy which satisfies or where is an embedding parameter and is an initial approximation of (10), which satisfies the boundary conditions. Obviously, from (13), we have We can assume that the solution of (10) can be written as a power series in , as follows: Setting results in the approximation to the solution of (10)

#### 4. Spectral-Homotopy Perturbation Method

The basic idea of SHPM for solving a non-linear differential equation is summarized as follows:(1)linearize the non-linear differential equation by applying HPM,(2)rewrite the resulting linear differential equation in a system of linear equations using Chebyshev pseudospectral collocation method,(3)solve the system of equations to get the solution of origin differential equation. In this section, we describe the new technique of SHPM for solving the governing MHD Jeffery-Hamel problem. The method is based on Chebyshev pseudospectral collocation methods and on the HPM described in the previous section. In applying the SHPM, we begin by transforming the physical region into the region on which the Chebyshev spectral method can be applied by using the transformations It is also convenient to make the boundary conditions homogeneous by using the transformation Substituting (18) and (19) in the governing equation (7) gives Equation (20) is solved subject to the boundary conditions where The initial approximation for the solution of (20) is taken to be the solution of the nonhomogeneous linear part of (20) which is given by subject to the boundary conditions The solution of (23) and (24) can be obtained by applying the Chebyshev pseudospectral method (see [35, 36] for details). The unknown function is approximated as a truncated series of Chebyshev polynomials of the form where is the th Chebyshev polynomial, are coefficients, and are Gauss-Lobatto collocation points defined by [35] The derivatives of the function at the collocation points are represented as where is the order of differentiation and with being the Chebyshev spectral differentiation matrix whose entries are defined as (see, e.g., [35]) Substituting (25)–(27) in (23) and (24) yields subject to the boundary conditions where where is a diagonal matrix of size and denotes the transpose. The matrix has dimensions while matrix has dimensions . To incorporate the boundary conditions (24) to (29), we delete the first and the last rows and columns of and delete the first and last elements of and . The condition is incorporated on the resulting of the modified matrix by replacing last row with the last row of Chebyshev spectral differentiation matrix and setting the resulting last element of the modified matrix to be zero as shown in the following equation: Thus, the solution is determined from the equation where and are the modified matrices of and , respectively. The solution (33) provides us with the initial approximation for the SHPM solution of (20). The higher approximations are obtained by constructing a homotopy for the government equation (20) as follows: where is a linear operator which is taken to be and is an approximate series solution of (20) given by Substituting (35) and (36) in (34) gives To get more higher-order approximations for (20), we compare between the coefficients of of both sides in (37). We have where if and if . Thus, the th-order approximation is given by the following system of matrices: subject to the boundary conditions where and . To incorporate the boundary conditions (40) to (39), we delete the first and the last rows and columns of and delete the first and last elements of and . The boundary condition is incorporated on the resulting of the modified matrix by replacing last row by the last row of Chebyshev spectral differentiation matrix and setting the resulting last element of the modified matrix to be zero. Finally, the solution is determined from the following equation: where is the modified matrix of . Thus, starting from the initial approximation , higher-order approximations , for , can be obtained through the recursive formula (42). The solution (42) provides us with the highest order approximation for the SHPM solution of the governing equation (20). The series is convergent for most cases. However, the convergence rate depends on the nonlinear operator of (20). The following opinions are suggested and proved by He [1, 2]:(i)the second derivative of with respect to must be small because the parameter may be relatively large; that is, ;(ii)the norm of must be smaller than one so that the series converges. This is the same strategy that is used in the SHPM approach.

Here, we observe that the main difference between HPM and SHPM is that the solutions are obtained by solving a system of higher-order ordinary differential equations in the HPM while for the SHPM solutions are obtained by solving a system of linear algebraic equations of the form (42) that are easier to solve.

#### 5. Results and Discussion

In this section, we present the results obtained using the SHPM and the numerical solution for MHD Jeffery-Hame, flow with nanoparticle. Here, we used the inbuilt MATLAB boundary value problem solver bvp4c for the numerical solution approach. In generating the presented results, it was determined through numerical experimentation that and we considered the fourth-order of SHPM which gave sufficient accuracy for the method. In this study, copper (Cu) is considered as nanoparticles with water being as the base fluid and we assumed that the base fluid and the nanoparticles are in thermal equilibrium and no slip occurs between them. The density of water is and the density of Cu is .

Figures 2 and 3 show, firstly, the influence of the various physical parameters on the velocity profiles and, secondly, a comparison between the present results and numerical results to give a sense of the accuracy and convergence rate of the SHPM. The figures show that there is very good match between the two sets of results even at very low orders of SHPM approximations series compared with the numerical results. These findings firmly establish SHPM as an accurate alternative to HPM. Table 1 gives a comparison of SHPM results at 2nd and 3rd orders of approximation against the numerical results for fixed values of , , and when and are varied. It can be seen, from Table 1, that SHPM results converge rapidly to the numerical solution and similar results achieved between the numerical results and 3rd order of SHPM approximation up to 8 decimal places. Table 2 shows a comparison of HPM and SHPM results at different orders of approximation against the numerical results at selected values of magnetic field and nanoparticle volume fraction for fixed values of and . Convergence of the SHPM is achieved at the 2nd order of approximation up to 8 decimal places as observed in Table 2 even for large values of . In Table 3, we made a comparison between the numerical results, HPM, 10th-order homotopy analysis method [32], and variational iteration method [17] and different order of SHPM of the fluid velocity and the second derivative . The convergence of the SHPM is achieved at the 4th order whereas convergence is not achieved even at the 10th order of HAM approximation. Clearly, SHPM converges at least four times as fast and demonstrates the higher accuracy than HAM, HPM, and VIM. For this reason, SHPM has been used to investigate the effects of physical parameters of the problem. The effect of the magnetic field on the velocity profile is displayed in Figures 2(a) and 2(b) of convergent and divergent channels for fixed values of nanoparticle volume fraction and fixed Reynolds number. The figures indicate that the increase in the Hartmann number leads to increase in the velocity profiles for both convergent and divergent channels which has a great effect on the performance of the system. This is due to the fact that the variation of leads to the variation of the Lorentz force due to the magnetic field, and the Lorentz force produces more resistance to the transport phenomena. Similar result has been reported by [26, 27, 32]. Figure 3 shows the effect of nanoparticle volume fraction on the fluid velocity for fixed Hartmann and Reynolds numbers. It is observed that the fluid velocity increases with the increase in the value of in the case of diverging channels, and backflow phenomenon is expected for small values of and large values of , while the fluid velocity decreases as the nanoparticle volume fraction increases for the converging channels case. Figure 4 illustrates the effect of increasing Reynolds numbers on the fluid velocity. It was found that, from Figures 4(a) and 4(b) for inflow system, back flow is prevented in the case of convergent channels but is possible for large Reynolds numbers in the case of divergent channels; that is, there is a reverse condition for outflow regime (see [17, 32]).

#### 6. Conclusion

In this work, we have proposed a modification of the standard homotopy perturbation method for solving nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The method has been used to solve the 3rd-order MHD Jeffery-Hamel flow with nanoparticle. Tables and graphical results are presented to show the accuracy and the convergence rate of the SHPM and to investigate the effects of different physical parameters on the flow as well.

The main conclusions emerging from this study are as follows.(1)SHPM is highly accurate, efficient and converges rapidly with a few iterations required to achieve the accuracy of the numerical results compared with the standard HPM. For example, in this study, it was found that only fourth iteration of SHPM was sufficient to give good agreement with the numerical results.(2)The method proposes a standard way of choosing the linear operators and initial approximations by using any form of initial guess as long as it satisfies the boundary conditions while the initial guess in the HPM can be selected that will make the integration of the higher-order deformation equations possible.(3)The SHPM converges much faster than HPM. For example, in the study above, it was found that the third-order SHPM approximation was sufficient to give good agreement with the numerical results.(4)The increase of volume fraction causes an increase in the fluid velocity profile for of diverging channels while the velocity decreases for the converging channels case.(5)The fluid velocity increases with increasing Hartman numbers for both diverging and converging channels cases.Finally, the spectral-homotopy perturbation method described above has high accuracy and is simple for nonlinear boundary value problems compared with the standard homotopy perturbation method. Because of its efficiency and ease of use, the SHPM can also be used to solve nonlinear BVPs in place of the traditional Runge-Kutta methods, finite differences, and Keller-box.

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