Stability of free convection in a rotating porous layer distant from the axis of rotation

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Abstract

The stability and onset of convection in a rotating fluid saturated porous layer subject to a centrifugal body force and placed at an offset distance from the center of rotation is investigated analytically. The marginal stability criterion is established in terms of a critical centrifugal Rayleigh number and a critical wave number for different values of the parameter representing the dimensionless offset distance from the center of rotation. At the limit of an infinite distance from the center of rotation the results are identical to the convection resulting from heating a porous layer from below subject to the gravitational body force. At the other limit, when the parameter controlling the offset distance approaches zero, the results converge to previously found solutions for the convection in a porous layer adjacent to the axis of rotation. The results provide the stability map for all positive values of the parameter controlling the offset distance from the center of rotation, hence bridging the gap between the two extreme limit cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-173
Number of pages21
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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Keywords

  • Free convection
  • Porous layer
  • Rotating flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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