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Flow of generalized Burgers fluid between parallel walls induced by rectified sine pulses stress
Boundary Value Problems volume 2014, Article number: 152 (2014)
This paper presents the unsteady magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flow of a generalized Burgers’ fluid between two parallel side walls perpendicular to a plate. The plate applies a shear stress induced by rectified sine pulses to the fluid. The obtained solutions by means of the Laplace and Fourier cosine and sine transforms are presented as a sum of the corresponding Newtonian and non-Newtonian contributions. The effects of the magnetic field, permeability, and the period of the oscillation have been observed on the fluid motion. Moreover, the influence of the side walls on the fluid motion and the distance between the walls for which the velocity of the fluid in the middle of the channel is negligible are presented by graphical illustrations.
MSC: 76A05, 76A10.
Motion of non-Newtonian fluids on oscillating plates is not only of fundamental theoretical interest but it also occurs in many applied problems, e.g., clay rotation, heart pumping, artificial surfing etc. Erdogan  obtained a solution as a sum of steady and transient solutions for the flow of a viscous fluid produced by a plane boundary moving in its own plane with a sinusoidal variation of velocity. Exact solutions for unsteady flow of a generalized Burgers fluid due to a rigid plate between two infinite parallel plates, one of which is an oscillating and time-periodic plane Poiseuille flow, was established by Fetecau et al.. Zheng et al. established an exact solution for the unsteady flow of a generalized Maxwell fluid over a flat plate. The plate was set into oscillating motion induced by hyperbolic sine velocity. Some recent work involving oscillating flows has been presented in many studies –.
MHD flow of fluids and motion of fluids through porous media occur in medicine, engineering problems and geophysics, e.g., cardiology, delivery of medicine to affected areas, regulation of skin, nuclear reactors and geomagnetic dynamo. Khan and Zeeshan , and Ghosh and Sana  investigated the MHD flow of an Oldroyd-B fluid through a porous space. The motions were generated in the fluid due to the velocity sawtooth pulses of the plate. Ghosh and Sana  discussed the unsteady motion of an Oldroyd-B fluid in a channel bounded by two infinite rigid parallel plates in the presence of an external magnetic field acting normal to the plates. The flow is generated from rest due to rectified sine pulses applied periodically on the upper plate with the lower plate held fixed.
In the above citations, the conditions on the boundary are given in terms of velocity. The stress at the boundary gives important information as regards the nature of dissipation at the boundary. Little work is available in the literature where the oscillating stress is given on the boundary. Vieru et al. analyzed the unsteady motion of a second grade fluid between two parallel side walls induced by oscillating shear stress. Li et al. presented an analysis for helical flows of a heated generalized Oldroyd-B fluid subject to a linear time-dependent shear stress in a porous medium, where the motion is induced by the longitudinal time-dependent shear stress and the oscillating velocity at the boundary. Jamil et al. and Shahid et al. determined the starting solutions for the motion of Oldroyd-B fluids induced by quadratic, and cosine and sine oscillating time-dependent shear stress, respectively. Sohail et al. presented closed-form expressions for the starting solutions corresponding to the unsteady motion of a Maxwell fluid due to an infinite plate that applies oscillating shear stresses to the fluid. Rubbab et al. derived the unsteady natural convection flow of an incompressible viscous fluid near a vertical plate that applies a shear stress which is of exponential order of time.
In spite of all these citations and work in this direction, no attempt is made for oscillations induced by rectified sine pulses stress in a bounded domain. The main objective of the present investigation is to study the MHD oscillatory flow of a generalized Burgers fluid through a porous medium between two parallel walls. The formulation of the governing problem is made using the modified Darcy law of a generalized Burgers fluid. The induced magnetic field is assumed to be small as compared with the applied magnetic field. Analytical expressions for the velocity field and the shear stress are determined by means of the Fourier cosine and sine transforms coupled with Laplace transform. Finally, a comprehensive study of some physical parameters involved is performed to illustrate the influence of these parameters on the velocity.
2 Governing equations
For the generalized Burgers fluid, the Cauchy stress tensor is given by
where denotes the indeterminate spherical stress, is the extra-stress tensor, is the first Rivlin-Ericksen tensor ( being the velocity gradient), denotes the upper convective derivative, is the dynamic viscosity, and () are the relaxation and retardation times, and are the material parameters of the generalized Burgers fluid having the dimension of the square of time, and
We seek the velocity field and the stress field of the form
where is the unit vector along the -direction. If the fluid is at rest up to the moment , then
where and are the non-zero shear stresses.
The Darcy resistance in a generalized Burgers fluid satisfies the following expression:
where is the porosity and is the permeability of the medium.
We assume that a uniform magnetic field of strength is applied to the fluid. We also assume that the direction of the magnetic field is perpendicular to the velocity field.
Thus the Lorentz force due to the magnetic field becomes
where is the electrical conductivity of the fluid.
The balance of linear momentum which governs the MHD flow through the porous medium becomes
here is the density.
We consider the unsteady flow of an incompressible generalized Burgers fluid over an infinite flat plate between two parallel side walls separated by a distance , perpendicular to the plate. At time , the plate and the fluid are at rest. At time , the plate applies a pulsating shear to the fluid induced by rectified sine pulses.
where is the kinematic viscosity, is the magnetic parameter, and is the porosity parameter.
We use the following appropriate initial conditions:
the boundary conditions
and the natural conditions
According to the nature of the applied stress, we assume that the mathematical form of the function is 
where is the Heaviside unit step function of period and is defined as
In order to solve the problem, we use the Laplace transform technique and Fourier cosine and sine transforms in this order.
3 Calculation of velocity field
Applying the Laplace transform to Eq. (10), we obtain the following problem:
The Laplace transform of the function has to satisfy the conditions
Equation (20) can also be written as
In the above relations
To solve Eq. (22), let us take
we can prove that
The first part of Eq. (34) gives the corresponding solution for a Newtonian fluid, while the second part gives the corresponding non-Newtonian contribution.
The transient part of velocity for , is
while the steady state part is given by
4 Calculation of tangential stresses
From Eq. (20), with inverse Fourier cosine and sine transforms, we have
Let us take
which can also be written in the form
Applying the inverse Laplace transform to Eq. (45), we obtain
the shear stresses for the generalized Burgers fluid.
5 Limiting cases
5.1 Burgers fluid
Letting , we obtain the velocity field and the associated shear stresses corresponding to a Burgers fluid performing the same motion.
5.2 Oldroyd-B fluid
Letting into Eq. (20), and following the same way as before, the velocity and tangential stresses expressions for Oldroyd-B fluid take the form
5.3 Maxwell fluid
Letting in the set of equations for Oldroyd-B fluid, we obtain the corresponding expressions for the Maxwell fluid:
6 Results and discussion
The present problem is concerned with unsteady motion of the generalized Burgers fluid generated from rest induced by rectified sine pluses shear stress. The Laplace transform technique and Fourier cosine and sine transforms have been used as mathematical tools in this order. The obtained expression for the velocity field has been written as the sum of Newtonian and non-Newtonian contributions.
By using the numerical calculations and graphical illustrations, the following physical aspects of the fluid behavior have been analyzed:
Influence of side walls on the velocity field.
In order to study the influence of the side walls on the fluid velocity we prepared the diagrams contained in Figures 1 and 2. These diagrams present the velocity field for three values of the distance at the bottom plate. It is seen that if (small distance between walls), the amplitude of oscillation of velocity in the middle of the channel is small. By increasing the value of , the amplitude of oscillation of velocity increases. But it exists up to a value of 0.5 (in our case) after which the velocity remains the same (velocity profiles are almost identical) if increases. Therefore, in the considered case, after the influence of the side walls on the velocity is negligible. In Figure 2 have been sketched the velocity profiles for different positions in the channel, starting from the side walls till the middle of the channel, i.e. for different values of the variable , for a fixed distance between the side walls. The amplitude of oscillations decreases far from the plate. It is also observed that, if the bottom plate is set into oscillation, the velocity increases with respect to the -coordinate, from zero to a maximum in the middle of the channel.
Comparative study of various models.
Figures 3, 4, and 5 are sketched in order to compare the various fluid types. Also, the influence of the magnetic field, permeability and the period of oscillation of sawtooth pulses on the velocity field can be observed from these diagrams. In these figures, we have considered the following values of the parameters: , , , , , , , , , .
Figure 3 shows the diagrams of velocity , versus, for the porosity parameter , the pulse period , and for three values of the magnetic parameter, . It is observed that there is a time interval in which the velocity has an oscillating behavior for all kinds of fluids. After this moment, the velocity tends to a common value (the differences between velocities of different fluids are insignificant). For low values of the magnetic field strength, the amplitudes of the velocity oscillations are smaller for the generalized Burgers, Oldroyd-B, and Newtonian fluids, and much larger for Maxwell and Burgers fluids (see diagrams for ). If the magnetic field is stronger, the velocity amplitudes of Maxwell and Burgers fluids decrease while, the velocity amplitudes of generalized Burgers and Newtonian fluids increase (case ). It is important to note that velocities of the fluids tend to a common value in shorter time if the magnetic field is stronger. Figure 4 is plotted for , and for three values of the porosity parameter . In this case, amplitudes of the velocity oscillations of the generalized Burgers, Oldroyd-B, and Newtonian fluids are lower than those corresponding to the Burgers and Maxwell fluids.
Increasing permeability leads to increase the velocity amplitudes. The effect of the pulse period on the velocity field is shown in Figure 5 for , and three values of the parameter . The Burgers fluid oscillates with larger amplitude, while other fluids have oscillations with amplitude close as order of magnitude. For low values of the parameter , velocities tend to a common value in a shorter time than in the case of large values of the parameter .
Influence of parameters , , , on the velocity field.
In order to study the behavior of the fluid for various values of the material parameters , , , , the diagrams of the velocity field from Figures 6, 7, 8 and 9 were plotted. In these figures we used the numerical values , , , , , , , , and three values for the magnetic parameter, namely . Therefore, the influence of the magnetic parameter on the velocity field is also analyzed and, similar conclusions to those from the case b) were obtained. In Figure 6 the parameter is variable and parameters , , are constant. It can be seen that, if the values of the parameter increase, the fluid flows more slowly. Also, be noted that for the same value of the parameter , the increasing of magnetic parameter values result in decreasing velocity of fluid flow (the velocity amplitudes decrease if the values of the magnetic parameter increase). Figure 7 corresponds to the variation of the parameter . Unlike the previous case when is variable, in this case the velocity amplitudes are higher in the early period of the movement. Another difference appears in the behavior of the fluid, namely, velocity amplitudes increase if the parameter increases. In this case, for a constant value of the parameter , the increasing of the magnetic field strength leads to attenuated fluid motion. The diagrams of Figure 8 correspond to the variable parameter . It is clear that the fluid behavior is similar to the case of the variation of the parameter . For increasing values of the parameter , the fluid velocity amplitudes decrease and, also, if remains constant and the values of the magnetic parameter increase, then the fluid flows more slowly. The influence of the parameter on the fluid velocity is shown in Figure 9. The fluid behavior is similar like in the cases of variations of parameters and .
The purpose of this work is to provide exact solutions for the velocity field as well as shear stresses corresponding to the oscillating flow of a generalized Burgers fluid between two parallel side walls over a plate. The oscillation is induced by rectified sine pulses shear stress applied to the bottom plane. These solutions, presented as a sum of the Newtonian and non-Newtonian contributions, are obtained by using Fourier cosine and sine transforms, and the Laplace transform. The main findings are summarized as follows:
The amplitude of oscillation of velocity in the middle of the channel is small. With the increase of distance between the walls, the amplitude of oscillation of velocity increases.
Amplitude of oscillations decreases far from the plate. As the bottom plate is set into oscillation, with respect to -coordinate, the velocity increases from zero to a maximum in the middle of the channel.
Velocities of all the fluids tend to a common value in shorter time if the magnetic field is stronger.
Increasing permeability leads to the increasing magnitudes of amplitudes of velocity.
For low values of the time period , velocities tend to a common value in a shorter time as compared to large values of the parameter .
As the values of the parameters , , and increase, the fluid flows more slowly whereas behavior of is opposite.
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The authors would like to express their gratitude to the reviewers for fruitful remarks and suggestions. Also we are grateful to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for supporting this research work.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
The authors’ contribution for this article is as follows: QS 40%, MN 30%, MI 15% and UA 15%. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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Sultan, Q., Nazar, M., Imran, M. et al. Flow of generalized Burgers fluid between parallel walls induced by rectified sine pulses stress. Bound Value Probl 2014, 152 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13661-014-0152-0
- generalized Burgers fluid
- rectified sine pulses shear stress
- Fourier cosine and sine transforms