Stability of a layered reactive channel flow

Sahu, Kirti Chandra (2023) Stability of a layered reactive channel flow. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 479 (2271). p. 20220689. ISSN 1364-5021

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We analyse the linear stability of a reactive plane Poiseuille flow, where a reactant fluid A overlies another reactant B in a layered fashion within a two-dimensional channel. Both reactants are miscible and have the same viscosity, while upon reaction, they produce either a less or more-viscous product fluid C. The reaction kinetics is of simple A+B→C type, and the production of C occurs across the initial contact line of reactants A and B in a mixed zone of small and finite width. All three fluids have the same density. We demonstrate the effects of various controlling parameters such as the log-mobility ratio, Damköhler number, Schmidt number, Reynolds number, position and thicknesses of the reactive zone on the stability characteristics. We show that a tiny viscosity stratification by the reaction destabilizes the flow at a moderate (10-1000) and even at low Reynolds numbers (0.01-1). The maximum growth occurs for shorter waves than for the Tollmien-Schlichting eigenmode, and the ranges of unstable wavenumbers are wider than that known for non-reactive channel flow systems. In most cases, the instability occurs due to the overlap of the critical layer with the viscosity-stratified layer. Surprisingly for some parameters, it is observed that the reaction can make σM decrease with increasing Reynolds number.

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Sahu, Kirti Chandra
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reactive channel flow; shear instabilities; spectral method; stability analysis; Reaction kinetics; Reynolds number; Shear flow; Stability; Viscosity; Channel flow; Linear Stability; Plane Poiseuille flow; Reactive channel flow; Reactive planes; Reynold number; Shear instability; Simple++; Spectral methods; Stability analyze; Two dimensional channels
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering > Fluid Mechanics
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Nigam Prasad Bisoyi
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2023 11:22
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2023 11:22
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