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The effect of conducting boundaries on Lapwood-Prats convection

Rees, D. Andrew and Mojtabi, Abdelkader The effect of conducting boundaries on Lapwood-Prats convection. (2013) International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 65. 765-778. ISSN 0017-9310

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.05.071

Abstract

We investigate the onset of convection in a uniform, constant-thickness, horizontal porous layer which is heated from below. The layer is bounded above and below by thermally conducting but impermeable layers. Our aim is to determine the effect on the onset of convection of the interaction between the presence of these outer conducting layers and a horizontal background flow. A linear stability analysis is performed and a dispersion relation is derived from which the stability characteristics of the layer are computed. Convection cells are found move along the layer at a speed which is lower than that of the imposed flow due to a thermal drag caused by the presence of the bounding solid layers. Neutral curves and streamline/ isotherm patterns are presented in order to understand the physical role played by the governing nondimensional parameters. When the diffusivity of the solid layers is much lower than the diffusivity of the porous layer there exists a regime where the neutral curve can exhibit two minima, and at one point in parameter space there exists a neutral curve with a quartic minimum.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The original PDF can be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0017931013004651
HAL Id:hal-00921263
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Bath (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Deposited On:20 Dec 2013 09:31

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