Nonlinear stability of the one-domain approach to modelling convection in superposed fluid and porous layers

A A Hill, Magda Carr

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Abstract

Studies of the nonlinear stability of fluid/porous systems have been developed very recently. A two-domain modelling approach has been adopted in previous works, but was restricted to specific configurations. The extension to the more general case of a Navier–Stokes modelled fluid over a porous material was not achieved for the two-domain approach owing to the difficulties associated with handling the interfacial boundary conditions. This paper addresses this issue by adopting a one-domain approach, where the governing equations for both regions are combined into a unique set of equations that are valid for the entire domain. It is shown that the nonlinear stability bound, in the one-domain approach, is very sharp and hence excludes the possibility of subcritical instabilities. Moreover, the one-domain approach is compared with an equivalent two-domain approach, and excellent agreement is found between the two.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2695-2705
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A - Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
Volume466
Issue number2121
Early online date31 Mar 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010

Keywords

  • Superposed porous-fluid convection
  • One-domain approach
  • Energy method

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