Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 4911–4916 | Cite as

Adomian Series Solution to a Rayleigh Power-Law Problem

  • Samer Al-Ashhab
Research Article - Mechanical Engineering


A Rayleigh power-law problem of a semi-infinite plate moving in an electrically conducting non-Newtonian fluid is investigated. In a special case, exact solutions are established via the use of Crocco variables. Approximate solutions are obtained for the general problem via the Adomian decomposition method where we obtain the first few terms of an infinite power series expansion of the solution. This approximate solution is utilized to estimate a shear stress parameter. (Specifically, we use terms of the infinite series up to the third polynomial, which proves to give high accuracy.) Additionally, a Maclaurin series approach is utilized to approximate solutions as well as estimate the shear stress parameter for different values of the power-law index n. The results of the two methods are compared with results obtained via MATLAB integrators where the efficiency of the Adomian method is established.


Power law Electrically conducting fluid Boundary-layer flow Singular problem Nonlinear Adomian decomposition method 


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The author would like to thank the Deanship of Academic Research at Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for funding this project for the year 1435-1436H, and that is according to item (42) from the rules and regulations for the funding of research projects issued in its second edition for the year 1438H.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsAl Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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