Instability and convection in rotating porous media: A review

Peter Vadasz

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A review on instability and consequent natural convection in rotating porous media is presented. Taylor-Proudman columns and geostrophic flows exist in rotating porous media just the same as in pure fluids. The latter leads to a tendency towards two-dimensionality. Natural convection resulting from density gradients in a gravity field as well as natural convection induced by density gradients due to the centripetal acceleration are being considered. The former is the result of gravity-induced buoyancy, the latter is due to centripetally-induced buoyancy. The effect of Coriolis acceleration is also discussed. Linear stability analysis as well as weak nonlinear solutions are being derived and presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number147
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Centrifugal buoyancy
  • Coriolis acceleration
  • Instability
  • Natural convection
  • Porous media
  • Rotating flows
  • Taylor-Proudman column

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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