Completing the Mechanical Energy Pathways in Turbulent Rayleigh-Benard Convection
Bishakhdatta Gayen, Graham O Hughes, Ross W Griffiths
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2013
A new, more complete view of the mechanical energy budget for Rayleigh-Bénard convection is developed and examined using three-dimensional numerical simulations at large Rayleigh numbers and Prandtl number of 1. The driving role of available potential energy is highlighted. The relative magnitudes of different energy conversions or pathways change significantly over the range of Rayleigh numbers Ra ~ 10(7)-10(13). At Ra < 10(7) small-scale turbulent motions are energized directly from available potential energy via turbulent buoyancy flux and kinetic energy is dissipated at comparable rates by both the large- and small-scale motions. In contrast, at Ra ≥ 10(10) most of the available potentia..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship
Numerical computations were carried out using the Australian National Computational Infrastructure, ANU. This work was supported by Australian Research Council Grant No. DP120102744, and G. O. H. was supported by ARC Future Fellowship FT100100869.