Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 149272, 18 pages
Research Article

Some Exact Solutions of Boundary Layer Flows along a Vertical Plate with Buoyancy Forces Combined with Lorentz Forces under Uniform Suction

Asterios Pantokratoras

Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, 67100 Xanthi, Greece

Received 19 September 2007; Revised 2 May 2008; Accepted 7 August 2008

Academic Editor: Horst Ecker

Copyright © 2008 Asterios Pantokratoras. 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.


Exact analytical solutions of boundary layer flows along a vertical porous plate with uniform suction are derived and presented in this paper. The solutions concern the Blasius, Sakiadis, and Blasius-Sakiadis flows with buoyancy forces combined with either MHD Lorentz or EMHD Lorentz forces. In addition, some exact solutions are presented specifically for water in the temperature range of 0CT8C, where water density is nearly parabolic. Except for their use as benchmarking means for testing the numerical solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, the presented exact solutions with EMHD forces have use in flow separation control in aeronautics and hydronautics, whereas the MHD results have applications in process metallurgy and fusion technology. These analytical solutions are valid for flows with strong suction.