Turbulent thermal convection

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Abstract

Turbulent thermal convection is a phenomenon of crucial importance in understanding the heat transport and dynamics of several natural and engineering flows. Real world systems such as the Earth’s atmosphere—its oceans as well as the interior—and the interior of stars such as the Sun, are all affected to various degrees by thermal convection. The simplified physical model used to understand this ubiquitous heat transport mechanism is the Rayleigh-Bénard convection, which is a fluid flow driven by a temperature difference between the top and bottom plates of an experimental cell with adiabatic sidewalls. Despite the long history of the subject and the recent progress in theoretical, numerical and experimental domains, many questions remain unresolved. We report some recent results and discuss a few open issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSelected Topics of Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics, 2013
EditorsJaime Klapp, Abraham Medina Ovando, Abel Lopez Villa, Leonardo Di G. Sigalotti, Jaime Klapp, Gerardo Ruiz Chavarria, Leonardo Di G. Sigalotti
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages37-49
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319114866
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventInternational Enzo Levi Spring School and 19th National Congress of the Fluid Dynamics Division of the Mexican Physical Society, 2013 - Jiutepec, Mexico
Duration: Nov 13 2015Nov 15 2015

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)1863-5520
ISSN (Electronic)1863-5539

Other

OtherInternational Enzo Levi Spring School and 19th National Congress of the Fluid Dynamics Division of the Mexican Physical Society, 2013
CountryMexico
CityJiutepec
Period11/13/1511/15/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems

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    Fonda, E., & Sreenivasan, K. R. (2015). Turbulent thermal convection. In J. Klapp, A. M. Ovando, A. L. Villa, L. D. G. Sigalotti, J. Klapp, G. R. Chavarria, & L. D. G. Sigalotti (Eds.), Selected Topics of Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics, 2013 (pp. 37-49). (Environmental Science and Engineering). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11487-3_2