An analysis is presented to examine the role of the Rosseland or optically thick approximation in convection-radiation interaction situations. The analysis is formulated for the flow of a gray gas in a laminar two-dimensional boundary layer under the restriction of small temperature differences within the flow field. The boundary-layer energy equation is treated using the method of matched asymptotic expansions based on a parameter which characterizes the optical thickness of the gas. Two illustrative examples of the resulting equations are presented.

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