We present measurements of the transient stage of Soret-driven convective instability. The sample is a diluted colloidal suspension of silica spheres in water with an unusually large negative Soret coefficient ST. A large temperature gradient (heating from above) is rapidly applied over the sample, while a shadowgraph imaging technique provides images of the convective flow. From the processing of the variance of the intensity of the images we are able to recover the time evolution of the overall intensity of the convective flow. A typical evolution of such signal exhibits, after a latency time, a peak followed by some damped oscillations leading to a steady-state value. Both the onset time taup (the temporal position of the first peak), and the oscillation period tauosc show a power law dependence as a function of the solutal Rayleigh number Rs. The exponents found are compared with predictions from existing models.
Transient oscillations in Soret-driven convection in a colloidal suspension / S. Mazzoni, R. Cerbino, D. Brogioli, A. Vailati, M. Giglio. - In: THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. E, SOFT MATTER. - ISSN 1292-8941. - 15:3(2004 Nov), pp. 305-309.
|Titolo:||Transient oscillations in Soret-driven convection in a colloidal suspension|
MAZZONI, STEFANO (Primo)
CERBINO, ROBERTO (Secondo)
VAILATI, ALBERTO (Penultimo)
GIGLIO, MARZIO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||diffusion ; thermal diffusion ; convection ; Soret effect ; instabilities ; colloidal suspension|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2004|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epje/i2004-10070-8|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|