Department of Mathematics, Anna University, Chennai- 600 025, India
An analysis has been carried out to investigate the influence of combined effects of MHD, suction and radiation on forced convection boundary layer flow of a nanofluid over an exponentially stretching sheet, embedded in a thermally stratified medium. The governing boundary layer equations of the problem are formulated and transformed into ordinary differential equations, using a similarity transformation. The resulting ordinary differential equations are solved numerically, by the shooting method. The effects of the governing parameters on the flow and heat transfer characteristics are studied and discussed in detail. Different types of nanoparticles, namely, Cu, Ag, Al2O3 and TiO2, with water as the base fluid, are studied. It is found that the effects of the radiation parameter, volume fraction and suction are same on the temperature profiles, in contrast to the effects of the thermal stratification. Comparisons with previously published works are performed in some special cases, and found to be in good agreement.