International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 3 (1980), Issue 3, Pages 521-534

Shear flow past a flat plate in hydromagnetics

S. R. N. Sastry

Department of Mathematics, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India

Received 30 October 1978; Revised 23 March 1979

Copyright © 1980 S. R. N. Sastry. 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 problem of simple shear flow past a flat plate has been extended to the hydromagnetic case in which a viscous, electrically conducting, incompressible fluid flows past an electrically insulated flat plate with a magnetic field parallel to the plate. For simplicity all physical parameters are assumed constant. A series solution for the velocity field has been developed for small values of a magnetic parameter. The equations governing this flow field were integrated numerically It is found that the effect of the magnetic field is to diminish and increase respectively, the first and second order contributions for the skin friction.