The effect of inertia on free convective plumes in porous media

D A S Rees, M A Hossain

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The boundary layer approximation to the flow induced by a line source of heat embedded in a porous medium predicts that seepage velocities become large as the source is approached, and therefore it is expected that inertia (form drag) should become significant. Such an inertia-dominated regime was studied by Ingham [1], but we extend that analysis to intermediate distances from the source by computing the smooth transition between the inertia-dominated and inertia-free regimes. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1142
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Heat convection
  • Thermal plumes
  • Approximation theory
  • Seepage
  • Porous materials
  • Boundary conditions


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