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Convection in Porous Media

Nield, D.A., Bejan, Adrian

2nd ed. 1999, XXI, 546 p.


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Papers on convection in porous media continue to be published at the rate of over 100 per year. This indication of the continued importance of the subject, together with the wide acceptance of the first edition, has encouraged us to prepare an expanded second edition. We have retained the basic structure and most of the text of the first edition. With space considerations in mind, we have been selective in our choice of references, but nevertheless there are over 600 new references. We also made an effort to highlight new conceptual developments and engineering applications. In the introductory material, we judged that Chapters 2 and 3 needed little alteration (though there is a new Section 2.6 on other approaches to the topic), but our improved understanding of the basic modeling of flow through a porous medium has led to a number of changes in Chapter 1, both within the old sections and by the addition of a section on turbulence in porous media, and a section on fractured media, deformable media, and complex porous structures. In Chapter 4, on forced convection, we have added major new sections on compact heat exchangers, on heatlines for visualizing convection, and on constructal tree networks for the geometric minimization of the resistance to volume-to-point flows in heterogeneous porous media.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » energy - fluid mechanics - heat transfer - mechanics - multiphase flow - nuclear - porous media

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Energy Technology - Materials - Mechanical Engineering

Table of contents 

1. Mechanics of Fluid Flow Through a Porous Medium.- 2. Heat Transfer Through a Porous Medium.- 3. Mass Transfer in a Porous Medium: Multicomponent and Multiphase Flows.- 4. Forced Convection.- 5. External Natural Convection.- 6. Internal Natural Convection: Heating from Below.- 7. Internal Natural Convection: Heating from the Side.- 8. Mixed Convection.- 9. Double-Diffusive Convection.- 10. Convection with Change of Phase.- 11. Geophysical Aspects.- References.

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