College of Chemical Sciences, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, New University Campus 31125, Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico
College of Engineering, Autonomous University of Baja California, Benito Juarez Blvd 21280, Mexicali, B. C., Mexico
Feedback control is applied to the problem of a viscoelastic Jeffreys fluid layer heated from below to investigate conditions for delay of the onset of convection. Interesting results for fixed Prandtl number 1 and 10 were found showing that for some conditions proportional control may not work as expected. Also, some limits of the feedback control in terms of the parameters of the system through an analytical approach by mean of the Galerkin method are discussed. In order to complete the study a numerical analysis was also performed to map the space of physical parameters. The results of this work are discussed and compared with results of previous authors while attention to small control adjustments is paid.