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A Note on the Solution of the Von Kármán Equations Using Series and Chebyshev Spectral Methods

ZodwaG Makukula1, Precious Sibanda1* and SandileSydney Motsa2

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1 School of Mathematical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01 Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa

2 Department of Mathematics, University of Swaziland, Private Bag 4, Kwaluseni M201, Swaziland

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Boundary Value Problems 2010, 2010:471793  doi:10.1155/2010/471793

Published: 4 October 2010


The classical von Kármán equations governing the boundary layer flow induced by a rotating disk are solved using the spectral homotopy analysis method and a novel successive linearisation method. The methods combine nonperturbation techniques with the Chebyshev spectral collocation method, and this study seeks to show the accuracy and reliability of the two methods in finding solutions of nonlinear systems of equations. The rapid convergence of the methods is determined by comparing the current results with numerical results and previous results in the literature.