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On geometry effects in Rayleigh–Bénard convection


Various recent experiments hint at a geometry dependence of scaling relations in Rayleigh–Bénard convection. Aspect ratio and shape dependences have been found. In this paper a mechanism is suggested which can account for such dependences, based on Prandtl's theory for laminar boundary layers and on the conservation of volume flux of the large-scale wind. The mechanism implies the possibility of different thicknesses of the kinetic boundary layers at the sidewalls and at the top/bottom plates, as found experimentally, and also different Ra-scaling of the wind over the plates and at the sidewalls. A scaling argument for the velocity and temperature fluctuations in the bulk is also developed.

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Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • ISSN: 0022-1120
  • EISSN: 1469-7645
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-fluid-mechanics
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