Turbulent thermal convection at high Rayleigh numbers for a Boussinesq fluid of constant Prandtl number

G. Amati, K. Koal, F. Massaioli, K. R. Sreenivasan, R. Verzicco

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The results from direct numerical simulations of turbulent Boussinesq convection are briefly presented. The flow is computed for a cylindrical cell of aspect ratio 1/2 in order to compare with the results from recent experiments. The results span eight decades of Ra from 2×106 to 2×1014 and form the baseline data for a strictly Boussinesq fluid of constant Prandtl number (Pr=0.7). A conclusion is that the Nusselt number varies nearly as the 1/3 power of Ra for about four decades towards the upper end of the Ra range covered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number121701
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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