Conference Proceedings

A fast, spectrally accurate solver for the Falkner--Skan equation

Andrew Craig Cullen, Simon Clarke

ANZIAM Journal | Australian Mathematical Publishing Association, Inc. | Published : 2017

Abstract

We present a new numerical technique, the Gegenbauer homotopy analysis method, which allows for the construction of iterative solutions to nonlinear differential equations. This technique is a numerical extension of the semi-analytic homotopy analysis method that exhibits spectral convergence while performing sparse matrix operations in Gegenbauer space. This technique is used to present solutions to the Falkner--Skan equation, a well known problem in boundary layer fluid dynamics. These solutions are compared to previously published works, and the convergence properties exhibited by this new technique are considered.