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Turbulent convection in Rayleigh-Bénard cells with modified boundary conditions

Abstract : One outstanding feature of the Rayleigh-Bénard problem which concerns a horizontal fluid layer heated from below and cooled from above, is the spontaneous establishment of spatial ordering and the formation of a coherent large-scale circulation. How different factors, such as the domain geometry and boundary conditions, influence the sizes and shapes of the large-scale flow remains an open question. Despite its apparent simplicity, Rayleigh-Bénard convection exhibits some incredibly rich and complex large-scale dynamics such as torsional modes, rotation, sloshing, and cessations, which often coexist and compete to each other. One approach, commonly used in the study of cessations is to constrain the large scale circulation to a plane by restricting the fluid domain to a (2-D) square cell or to a slim rectangular cell of small aspect ratio in the transversal direction. However, it is not entirely clear whether the 2-D and (quasi-)2-D reversals correspond to the same phenomenon. The present document is dedicated to the study of the large-scale flow patterns in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection, and of the influence exerted by different factors on the flow structures and on their temporal evolution. The proposed characterization combines a statistical analysis with a physical approach relying on the angular momentum as well as the kinetic and potential energies to highlight the underlying physical mechanisms. We subsequently attempt to tie these mechanisms together to each of the distinctive flow patterns observed and to their evolution.
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Submitted on : Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:47:46 AM
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Andrés Alonso Castillo-Castellanos. Turbulent convection in Rayleigh-Bénard cells with modified boundary conditions. Fluid mechanics [physics.class-ph]. Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017PA066200⟩. ⟨tel-01609741v2⟩



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