Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : The interaction of traveling waves, with both Marangoni and buoyancy driven flows, can generate an extraordinary rich array of patterns ranging from stationary structures to chaotic waves. However, the inherent complexity of reaction-diffusion-convection (RDC) systems makes the explanation of the patterning mechanisms very difficult, both numerically and experimentally. In this paper, we describe the appearance of segmented waves in a shallow layer of an excitable Belousov-Zhabotinsky solution. The segmentation process was found to be dependent both on the depth of the solution and on the excitability of the reaction. We caught the essential features of the system through a RDC model, where the chemical waves were coupled both with surface and bulk fluid motions and we found that by varying the excitability of the reaction, and in turn the wavelength of the chemical fronts, it is possible to create a sort of hydrodynamic resonance structures (corridors), which are responsible for the segmentation process. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.