The front of a light fluid rising into a miscible heavier fluid inside a long tilted tube has been analyzed by laser-induced fluorescence. Both the local concentration field and the front velocity Vf have been studied in the inertial flow regime as a function of the tilt angle θ for a constant density contrast (At=4×103). We demonstrate experimentally that the velocity Vf is directly related to the local density contrast Cf by the relation Vf(Cf)0.5. This relation reflects a local instantaneous equilibrium between inertia and buoyancy; it is valid in the transient relaxation phase as well as in the quasistationary regime reached thereafter.

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