Convective instability of an acidity front in Hele-Shaw cells

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Density fingering arising in the acid-catalyzed chlorite-tetrathionate reaction is investigated experimentally in Hele-Shaw cells of various thickness. Upward propagating chemical fronts are stable for all gapwidths examined. The initial evolution of the downward propagating planar fronts resulting in a cellular structure has been characterized by dispersion curves and it is found that the convectively unstable regime increases as the gapwidth increases. From the dispersion curves, the change in the characteristics of the most unstable mode and in the marginal wave number, separating the stable and unstable modes, is determined quantitatively.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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