Dynamics of reorientations and reversals of large-scale flow in Rayleigh–Bénard convection

Mishra, P K and De, A K and Eswaran, Vinayak (2011) Dynamics of reorientations and reversals of large-scale flow in Rayleigh–Bénard convection. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 668. pp. 480-499. ISSN 0022-1120

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We present a numerical study of the reversals and reorientations of the large-scale circulation (LSC) of convective fluid in a cylindrical container of aspect ratio one. We take Prandtl number to be 0.7 and Rayleigh numbers in the range from 6 × 105 to 3 × 107. It is observed that the reversals of the LSC are induced by its reorientation along the azimuthal direction, which are quantified using the phases of the first Fourier mode of the vertical velocity measured near the lateral surface in the midplane. During a ‘complete reversal’, the above phase changes by around 180°, leading to reversals of the vertical velocity at all the probes. On the contrary, the vertical velocity reverses only at some of the probes during a ‘partial reversal’ with phase change other than 180°. Numerically, we observe rotation-led and cessation-led reorientations, in agreement with earlier experimental results. The ratio of the amplitude of the second Fourier mode and the first Fourier mode rises sharply during the cessation-led reorientations. This observation is consistent with the quadrupolar dominant temperature profile observed during the cessations. We also observe reorientations involving double cessation.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Physics > Mechanical and aerospace
Divisions: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 04:29
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 04:29
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/6341
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1017/S0022112010004830
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