Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 1, Pages 9-21

Magnetohydrodynamic boundary layer flow past a stretching plate and heat transfer

M. Ezzat, M. Zakaria, and M. Moursy

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University, Alexandria El-Shatby 21526, Egypt

Received 30 June 2003; Revised 1 November 2003

Copyright © 2004 M. Ezzat 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 present work is concerned with unsteady two-dimensional laminar flow of an incompressible, viscous, perfectly electrically conducting fluid past a nonisothermal stretching sheet in the presence of a transverse magnetic field acting perpendicularly to the direction of fluid. By means of the successive approximation method, the governing equations for momentum and energy have been solved. The effects of surface mass transfer fω, Alfven velocity α, Prandtl number P, and relaxation time parameter τ0 on the velocity and temperature have been discussed. Numerical results are given and illustrated graphically for the problem considered.