Steady Thermal Convection from a Concentrated Source in a Porous Medium

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C. E. Hickox, H. A. Watts

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. 87185

J. Heat Transfer 102(2), 248-253 (May 01, 1980) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3244268 History: Received June 18, 1979; Online October 20, 2009


Solutions for the steady, axisymmetric velocity and temperature fields associated with a point source of thermal energy in a fluid-saturated porous medium are obtained numerically through use of similarity transformations. The two cases considered are those of a point source located on the lower, insulated boundary of a semi-infinite region and a point source embedded in an infinite region. Numerical results are presented from which complete descriptions of the velocity and temperature fields can be constructed for Rayleigh numbers of 0.1, 1.0, 10.0, and 100.0.

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