par D'Hernoncourt, Jessica ;Zebib, Abdelfattah M.;De Wit, Anne
Référence Physical review letters, 96, 15, page (1-4), 154501
Publication Publié, 2006
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : A vertical stratification of a light and hot fluid over a heavy and cold one is expected to be stable with regard to buoyancy-driven convection. Here we show that chemical reactions can trigger convection around chemical fronts even in cases where concentration and heat both contribute to a stable density stratification. The balance between intrinsic thermal and solutal density gradients initiated by a spatially localized reaction zone and double diffusive mechanisms are at the origin of a new convective instability, the mechanism of which is explained by a displaced particle argument. Linear stability analysis of a reaction-diffusion-convection model confirmed by nonlinear simulations delimits the instability region in the parameter space spanned by the thermal and solutal Rayleigh numbers. Experimental systems in which to test our theoretical predictions are proposed. © 2006 The American Physical Society.