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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 195360, 10 pages
Research Article

Mixed Convection Boundary Layers with Prescribed Temperature in the Unsteady Stagnation Point Flow toward a Stretching Vertical Sheet

1Department of Mathematics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2Institute for Mathematical Research, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
3Department of Basic Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Sarawak Campus, 97008 Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

Received 26 February 2013; Accepted 26 April 2013

Academic Editor: Mohamed Abd El Aziz

Copyright © 2013 Nik Mohd Asri Nik Long et al. 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.


Mixed convection boundary layer caused by time-dependent velocity and the surface temperature in the two-dimensional unsteady stagnation point flow of an in-compressible viscous fluid over a stretching vertical sheet is studied. The transformed nonlinear boundary layer equations are solved numerically using the shooting technique in cooperation with Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg (RKF) method. Different step sizes are used ranging from 0.0001 to 1. Numerical results for the skin friction coefficient and local Nusselt number are presented for both assisting and opposing flows. It is found that the dual solutions exist for the opposing flow, whereas the solution is unique for the assisting flow. Important features of the flow characteristics are displayed graphically. Comparison with the existing results for the steady case show an excellent agreement.