ABSTRACT Analytical solutions for the effect of chemical reaction on the unsteady free convection flow past an infinite vertical permeable moving plate with variable temperature has been studied. The plate is assumed to move with a constant velocity in the direction of fluid flow. The highly nonlinear coupled differential equations governing the boundary layer flow, heat and mass transfer are solved using two-term harmonic and non-harmonic functions. The parameters that arise in the perturbation analysis are Prandtl number (thermal diffusivity), Schmidt number (mass diffusivity), Grashof number (free convection), modified Grashof number, Chemical reaction parameter (rate constant), Skin friction coefficient and Sherwood number (wall mass transfer coefficient). The study has been compared with available exact solution in the literature and they are found to be in good agreement. It is observed that: The concentration increases during generative reaction and decreases in destructive reaction. The concentration increases with decreasing Schmidt number. The effect of increasing values of K leads to a fall in velocity profiles. The velocity decreases with increasing values of the Schmidt number. An increase in modified Grashof number leads to an increase in velocity profiles. The skin friction increases with decreasing Schmidt number. In generative reaction the skin friction decreases and in destructive reaction the skin friction increases.
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