Convection in chemical waves

Desiderio A. Vasquez, Joseph M. Littley, Joseph W. Wilder, Boyd F. Edwards

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We present a theory for the vertical propagation of chemical waves near the onset of convection. Fluid motion, coupled to a standard reaction-diffusion mechanism for chemical wave propagation, determines the speed and shape of the reaction front in a two-dimensional slab. Our model is compared with experiments in capillary tubes. For tilted and horizontal tubes, fluid motion is always present with a corresponding increase in front speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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