Aspect-Ratio Dependence of Charge Transport in Turbulent Electroconvection

Peichun Amy Tsai, Zahir A. Daya, Stephen W. Morris

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We present measurements of the normalized charge transport or Nusselt number Nu as a function of the aspect ratio Γ for turbulent convection in an electrically driven film. In analogy with turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection, we develop the relevant theoretical framework in which we discuss the local power-law scaling of Nu with a dimensionless electrical forcing parameter R. For these experiments where 104≲R≲2×105 we find that Nu∼F(Γ)Rγ with either γ=0.26   (±0.02) or γ=0.20   (±0.03), in excellent agreement with the theoretical predictions of γ=1/4 and 1/5. Our measurements of the aspect-ratio dependence of Nu for 0.3≤Γ≤17 compares favorably with the function F(Γ) from the scaling theory.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)084503
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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