The effect of velocity boundary conditions on 2D Rayleigh-Bénard turbulence

R. Ostilla Monico, E. P. van der Poel, R. Verzicco, D. Lohse

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Rayleigh-Bénard (RB) convection, the flow between a cold top plate and a hot bottom plate, is commonly used to model natural convection. Experimental realizations of RB usually consist of low aspect-ratio geometries and are limited to no-slip velocity boundary conditions. This is not representative of most geo- and astrophysical systems we wish to model. In this contribution, the effect of aspect-ratio and velocity boundary conditions on a 2D RB system have been studied by varying the sidewall boundary conditions between no-slip, stress-free and periodic, and the differences in the heat transport are measured. Heat transport is found to be larger for stress-free and periodic cells than for the no-slip case. Aspect ratio plays a small role in periodic cells, as long as the aspect ratio is larger than a certain threshold. For stress-free and no-slip cells, aspect ratio plays opposing roles. Thinner cells have larger heat transport than square cells when the sidewalls are stress-free. In contrast, for cells with no-slip walls, square cells have a larger heat transport than thin cells.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event14th European Turbulence Conference, ETC 2013 - Lyon, France
Duration: 1 Sep 20134 Sep 2013
Conference number: 14


Conference14th European Turbulence Conference, ETC 2013
Abbreviated titleETC


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