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Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 109–115 | Cite as

Instability in Poiseuille flow in a porous medium with slip boundary conditions

  • B. StraughanEmail author
  • A. J. Harfash
Research Paper

Abstract

We study a model for Poiseuille flow instability in a porous medium of Brinkman type. In particular, we analyse the effect of slip boundary conditions on the onset of instability. Due to numerous applications in micro-electro-mechanical-systems and other microfluidic devices, such a study is essential. We accurately analyse as to when instability will commence and determine the critical Reynolds number as a function of the slip coefficient.

Keywords

Poiseuille flow Slip boundary conditions Chebyshev collocation Brinkman porous material Porous metallic foams 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Research supported by a Research Grant of the Leverhulme Trust, “Tippings Points: Mathematics, Metaphors and Meanings”. We should like to thank three anonymous referees for very helpful comments which have led to improvements in the paper. Research supported by a Research Grant of the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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