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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 724547, 7 pages
Research Article

Partial Slip Flow and Heat Transfer over a Stretching Sheet in a Nanofluid

1School of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
2 Department of Mathematics, Babeş-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Received 2 February 2013; Revised 18 March 2013; Accepted 26 March 2013

Academic Editor: Jian Li

Copyright © 2013 Rajesh Sharma 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.


The boundary layer flow and heat transfer of a nanofluid over a stretching sheet are numerically studied. Velocity slip is considered instead of no-slip condition at the boundary as is usually appears in the literature. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into ordinary ones using a similarity transformation, before being solved numerically. Numerical solutions of these equations are obtained using finite element method (FEM). The variations of velocity and temperature inside the boundary layer as well as the skin friction coefficient and the heat transfer rate at the surface for some values of the governing parameters, namely, the nanoparticle volume fraction and the slip parameter are presented graphically and discussed. Comparison with published results for the regular fluid is presented and it is found to be in excellent agreement.