Heat transfer and large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection

Günter Ahlers, Siegfried Grossmann, Detlef Lohse

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The progress in our understanding of several aspects of turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection is reviewed. The focus is on the question of how the Nusselt number and the Reynolds number depend on the Rayleigh number Ra and the Prandtl number Pr, and on how the thicknesses of the thermal and the kinetic boundary layers scale with Ra and Pr. Non-Oberbeck-Boussinesq effects and the dynamics of the large scale convection roll are addressed as well. The review ends with a list of challenges for future research on the turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-538
Number of pages35
JournalReviews of modern physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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