Colloquium

The European Physical Journal E

, 35:58

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New perspectives in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection

  • F. ChillàAffiliated withLaboratoire de Physique, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon Email author 
  • , J. SchumacherAffiliated withInstitut für Thermo- und Fluiddynamik, Technische Universität Ilmenau Email author 

Abstract

Recent experimental, numerical and theoretical advances in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection are presented. Particular emphasis is given to the physics and structure of the thermal and velocity boundary layers which play a key role for the better understanding of the turbulent transport of heat and momentum in convection at high and very high Rayleigh numbers. We also discuss important extensions of Rayleigh-Bénard convection such as non-Oberbeck-Boussinesq effects and convection with phase changes.

Keywords

Flowing matter: Nonlinear Physics