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This book describes the research done on the problems of Bénard convection, as well as its modern offspring the Rayleigh–Bénard problem, and Taylor vortices. Bénard convection differs from Rayleigh–Bénard convection by the presence of surface tension, whilst Bénard convection is characterized by parallel rolls. Toroidal vortices characterize Taylor vortex flow. Convection and Taylor vortex flow deal with the consequences of the presence of infinitesimal disturbances in a fluid layer. Both problems are classical examples in the theory of hydrodynamic stability and share many features. Linear theory describing the onset of instability for both problems is practically completed; nonlinear problems have been at the forefront of research during the last 30 years. The impressive progress that has been made in the theoretical and experimental investigation of the nonlinear problems is described and the remaining basic problems are outlined.Read more
- Experimental approach to fluids
- Author is very well-known experimentalist
- Around 100 figures, many of which are the author's own photos
- Classic subject matter lit up by recent investigations
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- Date Published: May 1993
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521402040
- length: 350 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.68kg
- contains: 100 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Bénard Convection and Rayleigh–Bénard Convection:
1. Bénard's experiments
2. Linear theory of Rayleigh–Bénard convection
3. Theory of surface tension driven Bénard convection
4. Surface tension driven Bénard convection experiments
5. Linear Rayleigh–Bénard convection experiments
6. Supercritical Rayleigh–Bénard convection experiments
7. Nonlinear theory of Rayleigh–Bénard convection
8. Miscellaneous topics
Part II. Taylor Vortex Flow:
9. Circular Couette flow
10. Rayleigh's stability criterion
11. G. I. Taylor's work
12. Other early experiments
13. Supercritical Taylor vortex experiments
14. Experiments with two independently rotating cylinders
15. Nonlinear theory of Taylor vortices
16. Miscellaneous topics.
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