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Convective plume paths in anisotropic porous media


Rees, DAS and Storesletten, L and Bassom, AP, Convective plume paths in anisotropic porous media, Transport in Porous Media, 49, (1) pp. 9-25. ISSN 0169-3913 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1016071007502


Free convection motions induced by point sources or horizontal line sources of heat are usually assumed to take the form of a vertically orientated plume. In this paper we consider how material anisotropy affects the path of the plume centreline and we show that it is strongly affected by both the anisotropy and the presence of impermeable bounding surfaces. The plume path is a straight line whose angle from the vertical is determined by a balance between the upward buoyancy force, the need for the plume to entrain equal amounts of fluid from the external regions either side of it, and the ease of fluid motion in the direction of the principal axis with the highest permeability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anisotropy; Free convection; Line heat source; Plume path
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Applied mathematics
Research Field:Theoretical and applied mechanics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Bassom, AP (Professor Andrew Bassom)
ID Code:107393
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-03-11
Last Modified:2016-07-08

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