Convective instability and mass transport of diffusion layers in a Hele-Shaw geometry.

@article{Backhaus2011ConvectiveIA,
  title={Convective instability and mass transport of diffusion layers in a Hele-Shaw geometry.},
  author={Scott N. Backhaus and Konstantin Turitsyn and Robert E Ecke},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2011},
  volume={106 10},
  pages={
          104501
        }
}
We consider experimentally the instability and mass transport of flow in a Hele-Shaw geometry. In an initially stable configuration, a lighter fluid (water) is located over a heavier fluid (propylene glycol). The fluids mix via diffusion with some regions of the resulting mixture being heavier than either pure fluid. Density-driven convection occurs with downward penetrating dense fingers that transport mass much more effectively than diffusion alone. We investigate the initial instability and… CONTINUE READING

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