The Effect of Cross Mass (Soret) Transport on the Initiation, Propagation and Stability Properties of a Combustion Wave

  • P. L. Garcia-Ybarra
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Soret, or thermal diffusion, transport denotes the cross mass transport due to the local temperature gradient, in contrast to the more familiar Fick transport due to a concentration gradient. The phenomenon, first reported by Ludwig in 1856, takes its name from Ch. Soret, the Swiss physicist who during the 1870s carried out a series of experiments to measure the salt concentration differences appearing in some initially homogeneous liquid solutions subjected to a temperature gradient. The reciprocal phenomenon, a heat flux induced by a concentration gradient, was observed almost simultaneously by Dufour in 1872. (The references of these pioneering works can be found in [10].)


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  • P. L. Garcia-Ybarra
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  1. 1.Dept. Fisica FundamentalUNEDMadridSpain

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