Dynamical states of a mobile heat blanket on a thermally convecting fluid

Jin Qiang Zhong, Jun Zhang

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Abstract

We experimentally study the dynamical states of a freely moving, floating heat blanket that is coupled with a thermally convecting fluid. This floating boundary modifies the large-scale flow pattern in the bulk and destabilizes the coupled system, leading to spontaneous oscillations. As the moving boundary exceeds a critical size, the system makes a transition from an oscillatory state to a weakly confined state, in which the moving boundary executes only small excursions in response to random bypassing thermal plumes. To explain the observed states and transition, we provide a low-dimensional model that appears to capture the underlying mechanism of this coupled system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055301
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume75
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 9 2007

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Dynamical states of a mobile heat blanket on a thermally convecting fluid. / Zhong, Jin Qiang; Zhang, Jun.

In: Physical Review E, Vol. 75, No. 5, 055301, 09.05.2007.

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Zhong, Jin Qiang ; Zhang, Jun. / Dynamical states of a mobile heat blanket on a thermally convecting fluid. In: Physical Review E. 2007 ; Vol. 75, No. 5.
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