Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 4, Pages 347-376

Peristaltic transport of an Oldroyd-B fluid in a planar channel

T. Hayat,1,2 Y. Wang,1 K. Hutter,1 S. Asghar,2 and A. M. Siddiqui3

1Department of Mechanics, Darmstadt University of Technology, Hochschulstraße 1, Darmstadt 64289, Germany
2Department of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan
3Department of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, York, PA 17403, USA

Received 5 June 2003; Revised 20 May 2004

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The effects of an Oldroyd-B fluid on the peristaltic mechanism are examined under the long wavelength assumption. Analytical expressions for the stream function, the axial velocity, and the pressure rise per wavelength are obtained up to the second order in the dimensionless wave number. The effects of the various parameters of interest on the flow are shown and discussed.