Linear Instability of the Isoflux Darcy-Benard Problem in an Inclined Porous Layer

D Andrew S Rees, A Barletta

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The linear stability for convection in an inclined porous layer is considered for the case where the plane bounding surfaces are subjected to constant heat flux boundary conditions. A combined analytical and numerical study is undertaken to uncover the detailed thermoconvective instability characteristics for this configuration. Neutral curves and decrement spectra are shown. It is found that there are three distinct regimes between which the critical wavenumber changes discontinuously. The first is the zero-wavenumber steady regime which is well known for horizontal layers. The disappearance of this regime is found using a small-wavenumber asymptotic analysis. The second consists of unsteady modes with a nonzero wavenumber, while the third consists of a steady mode. Linear stability corresponds to inclinations which are greater than 32.544793 from the horizontal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-678
Number of pages14
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • linear instability
  • porous media
  • convection
  • constant heat flux boundaries


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