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Thermal Boundary Layer Instabilities in Near Critical Fluids

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Hydrodynamics of near-critical fluids have gained considerable interest since the identification of the thermo-acoustic effect, an effect responsible for a fast thermal equilibration in a cell heated at one boundary [1, 2, 3]. Transport coefficients exhibit strong deviations near the critical point (CP). They are characterized by large density (alike a liquid) and low viscosity, large compressibility (alike a gas). When nearing the CP, some properties (compressibility, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity) diverge while others (thermal diffusivity, surface tension) go to zero.


  • Thermal Boundary Layer
  • Eckert Number
  • Vibration Direction
  • Critical Fluid
  • Horizontal Vibration

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Gandikota, G., Amiroudine, S., Chatain, D., Beysens, D. (2014). Thermal Boundary Layer Instabilities in Near Critical Fluids. In: Deville, M., Estivalezes, JL., Gleize, V., Lê, TH., Terracol, M., Vincent, S. (eds) Turbulence and Interactions. Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design, vol 125. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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