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Magnetohydrodynamic stability of boundary layers along a flat plate with pressure gradient. (English) Zbl 0607.76046
The purpose of the paper is to consider theoretically the characteristics of steady two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic boundary layer flow past a flat plate with pressure gradient in the presence of transverse magnetic field and its stability problem. The boundary layer equation is transformed into a non-similar one and numerical solutions are obtained by the difference-differential method. The neutral stability curves for wavelike disturbances of Tollmien-Schlichting type are then presented for the velocity profiles obtained above.
Numerical results for the magnetic parameter and pressure gradient parameter are given for the velocity profiles, coefficient of skin friction, displacement thickness and the critical Reynolds number.

76E25 Stability and instability of magnetohydrodynamic and electrohydrodynamic flows
76M99 Basic methods in fluid mechanics
76W05 Magnetohydrodynamics and electrohydrodynamics
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