Experimental aspects of the transition to turbulence in Rayleigh-Bénard convection

  • M. Dubois
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 164)


In a small box (aspect ratio = 2), a high Prandtl number fluid submitted to Rayleigh-Bénard convection undergoes a cascade of different spatial order, i.e. presents different stable structures when the Rayleigh number is increased. Inside each structure, we observe an evolution of the temporal order, from generally a stationary to a turbulent state, through a small number of bifurcations. Some experimental examples illustrate the properties of these temporal states, in particular Poincaré sections have been drawn in the phase space and have provided new dynamical information.


Phase Space Rayleigh Number Fourier Spectrum Temperature Perturbation Spatial Order 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Dubois
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  1. 1.Service de Physique du Sol ide et de Résonance Magnétique CEN-SaclayGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance

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