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Fluid Dynamics pp 241-289 | Cite as

Thermal Convection

  • Michel Rieutord
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Abstract

Thermal convection is the transport of internal energy by the motion of a fluid. Two types of convection are usually distinguished: free or natural convection and forced convection. Natural convection is a fluid flow whose origin is always a thermal imbalance: it disappears when the temperature gradients vanish.

Keywords

Nusselt Number Rayleigh Number Thermal Convection Boussinesq Approximation Critical Rayleigh Number 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Rieutord
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  1. 1.Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et PlanétologieUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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