Heat and Mass Transfer

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 101–106 | Cite as

Free convection in non-newtonian fluids along a horizontal plate in a porous medium

  • Rama Gorla
  • Mahesh Kumari


A similarity solution is presented for the problem of free convection boundary layer in power-law type non-Newtonian fluids along a horizontal plate with variable wall temperature or heat flux distribution. The effects of surface mass transfer are included. Numerical results are presented for the details of the velocity and temperature fields. A discussion is provided for the effect of viscosity index on the surface heat transfer rate.


Heat Transfer Heat Flux Heat Transfer Rate Free Convection Flux Distribution 
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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rama Gorla
    • 1
  • Mahesh Kumari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

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