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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 397637, 15 pages
Research Article

Successive Linearization Analysis of the Effects of Partial Slip, Thermal Diffusion, and Diffusion-Thermo on Steady MHD Convective Flow due to a Rotating Disk

1School of Mathematical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Pietermaritzburg, Scottsville 3209, South Africa
2Department of Mathematics, University of Venda, P Bag X5050, Thohoyandou 0950, South Africa

Received 21 February 2012; Revised 7 May 2012; Accepted 15 May 2012

Academic Editor: P. Liatsis

Copyright © 2012 S. S. Motsa and S. Shateyi. 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.


We proposed a general formulation of the successive linearization method for solving highly nonlinear boundary value problem arising in rotating disk flow. The problem was studied under the effects of partial slip, thermal diffusion, and diffusion-thermo. The governing fundamental conservation equations of mass, momentum, angular momentum, energy, and concentration are transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations by means of similarity transformations. A parametric study illustrating the influence of the magnetic field, slip factor, Eckert number, Dufour and Soret numbers was carried out.