pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 1810–1818 | Cite as

On the growth of unsteady boundary layers on porous flat plates

  • Meempat Gopinath
  • Lokenath Debnath


An investigation is carried out on the unsteady boundary layer induced in an incompressible, homogeneous, viscous fluid bounded by (i) an infinite horizontal porous plate aty=0, or (ii) two parallel horizontal rigid porous plates aty=0 andy=d. The unsteady motion is generated in the above fluid configurations by moving the plate(s) impulsively in its (their) own plane with a prescribed time-dependent velocity. Solutions for the unsteady velocity field are exactly solved by the Laplace transform treatment combined with the theory of residues. The structures of the associated boundary layers are determined. The effects of suction on the solutions and the boundary layers are investigated in detail, the limiting behaviour of the unsteady solution as timet→∞ is examined and Physical interpretations of the mathematical results are given. Finally, the frictional stresses on the plates are stated without detailed calculation.


Boundary Layer Boundary Layer Flow Porous Plate Frictional Stress Unsteady Motion 
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© Birkhäuser-Verlag 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Meempat Gopinath
    • 1
  • Lokenath Debnath
    • 2
  1. 1.Farook CollegeCalicut UniversityCalicutIndia
  2. 2.Centre of Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics, C.U. 92Calcutta-9India

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