Cross-diffusion-driven gravitational instability in a Hele-Shaw cell saturated with a ternary solution

Min Chan Kim, Kwang Ho Song

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The effect of cross diffusion on the onset of the gravitational instabilities in a Hele-Shaw cell saturated with a ternary solution is analyzed. Based on the linear stability theory, new stability equations are derived in the global domain and then transformed into the similar domain. These stability equations are solved by employing various methods such as an initial value problem approach and quasi-steady state approximations (QSSA's). Through the initial growth rate analysis without the QSSA, we prove that initially the system is unconditionally stable. However, the QSSA in the global domain showed that the system can be initially unstable for a certain condition. Based on the QSSA in the similar domain (QSSAζ), we obtain the critical time for the onset of instability motion. As expected, the higher |δ21β| makes the system more unstable, i.e., accelerates the onset of instability motion; here δ21 and β represent the normalized cross diffusion coefficient and the ratio of densification coefficients, respectively. Based on the linear analysis, fully nonlinear analyses are also conducted by using the Fourier spectral method. The present nonlinear analyses show that the double-diffusive and diffusive-layer convection-type of instabilities are possible for the positive and negative δ21β-values, respectively. From the present nonlinear analysis, the system having δ22 > 1 prefers the instabilities with a larger wavelength than the system having δ22 < 1. Here δ22 is the normalized normal diffusion coefficient of component B.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084103
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (Grant No. NRF-2015R1D1A3A01015798).

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© 2016.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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