Thermohaline convection with nonlinear salt profiles Journal Article uri icon



  • We study the linear stability of a fluid to double-diffusive convection in the case for which the background temperature field is linear, but the mean salt distribution is a nonlinear function. A variety of idealized limits amenable to perturbative treatment are examined, and a detailed numerical study of a hyperbolic tangent profile is presented. It is shown that nonlinearity in the background salinity profile leads to pronounced competition and interaction between the linear normal modes.

publication date

  • April 1, 1998

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • July 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Full Author List

  • Balmforth NJ; Casti ARR; Julien KA

author count

  • 3

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1070-6631

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-7666

Additional Document Info

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  • 819

end page

  • 828


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