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The European Physical Journal E

, 35:58

New perspectives in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection

Authors

  • F. Chillà
    • Laboratoire de PhysiqueÉcole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
  • J. Schumacher
    • Institut für Thermo- und FluiddynamikTechnische Universität Ilmenau

DOI: 10.1140/epje/i2012-12058-1

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

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