Buoyancy-driven convection in a ventilated porous medium

  • Author / Creator
    Roes, Mark A
  • Consider an open control volume consisting of a porous medium submerged in a surrounding ambient fluid of density ρ_a. The top and bottom of the control volume allow ambient fluid to enter the porous medium. Saline fluid of density ρ_s>ρ_a is supplied at a constant rate of Q_o near the top of the control volume resulting in a descending plume that migrates downward through the porous medium entraining ambient fluid as it falls. Plume fluid discharges along the lower boundary where it drains into the surrounding external fluid through a series of small fissures of area A. The dense fluid accumulates along the lower boundary until a steady state in which the rate of draining is balanced by the influx from the plume. The resulting lower layer depth is h. The objective of this thesis is to develop a theoretical model to predict h and discuss the comparison of the model against experimental measurements of h.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2014
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    Master of Science
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