Coriolis Effects on Natural Convection

Peter Vadasz

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The effect of the Coriolis acceleration on natural convection is presented in this chapter. When the imposed thermal gradient is perpendicular to the direction of the centrifugal body force unconditional natural convection occurs. Then the Coriolis effect is reflected in creation of secondary flows in a cross section perpendicular to the direction of the main convection. When the natural convection occurs due to gravitational buoyancy and the thermal gradient is parallel to the direction of the gravity body force natural convection occurs conditionally. Stability analysis is then required and presented for stationary or possibly oscillatory convection. Weak nonlinear solutions identify then the direction of the bifurcations for different values of the controlling parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
ISSN (Print)2191-530X
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5318


  • Buoyancy due to gravity
  • Centrifugal buoyancy
  • Coriolis acceleration
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Mathematics
  • General Materials Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Engineering


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