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Analysis of the flow of a power-law fluid film on an unsteady stretching surface by means of homotopy analysis method. (English) Zbl 1195.76132
Summary: Flow of a power-law fluid film on an unsteady stretching surface is analyzed by means of homotopy analysis method (HAM). For real power-law index and the unsteadiness parameter in wide ranges, analytic series solutions are given and compared with the numerical results. The good agreement between them shows the effectiveness of HAM to this problem. Additionally, unlike previous studies, the value of the critical unsteadiness parameter $$S_{0}$$, above which no solution exists, is determined analytically in this paper.

##### MSC:
 76A20 Thin fluid films 76A05 Non-Newtonian fluids 76M45 Asymptotic methods, singular perturbations applied to problems in fluid mechanics
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