Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 215–224 | Cite as

Numerical study of natural convection flow in a vertical slot

  • Lu Xiyun
  • Zhuang Lixian


The stability of convective motion, generated by a lateral temperature difference across a vertical slot, is studied numerically over a range ofGr=5000 to 1.5 × 105,Pr=0.01 to 10, andA=8,16 and 20. Various cellular flow structures and temperature patterns are illustrated. Several branches of solutions characterized by different numbers of the cells in the flow patterns as well as by both steady and unsteady multicellular patterns are found for low-Prandtl-number fluid in the vertical slot. Meanwhile, the behaviors of the temperature variation and heat transfer are also discussed.

Key Words

natural convection instability transition heat transfer 


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© Chinese Journal of Mechanics Press 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lu Xiyun
    • 1
  • Zhuang Lixian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Modern MechanicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefei, AnhuiChina

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