Natural convection of magnetic fluid in a rectangular Hele-Shaw cell

Chih-yung Wen, W. P. Su

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The nature convection of a magnetic fluid in a square Hele-Shaw cell is studied experimentally with heat transfer measurements and liquid crystal thermography. Both results show that the vertically imposed magnetic field has destabilizing influence. The flow instability modes become different from that in two-dimensional cavity cases, with and without the magnetic field. A pair of symmetric counter-rotating vortices is observed for the first instability mode.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Hele-Shaw cell
  • Liquid crystal thermography
  • Magnetic fluid
  • Natural convection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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