Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Multicellular natural convection in a vertical slot

Yee  Lee a1p1 and Seppo A.  Korpela a1
a1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210

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In this article we present numerical solutions to multicellular natural convection in a vertical enclosure. The calculated streamlines faithfully represent what has been seen in the laboratory by smoke traces in air and particle traces in oils. The calculated isotherms for air correspond to reported interferometric patterns. Solutions exhibiting travelling waves for water were calculated near conditions where they should occur according to linear stability theory. Heat-transfer results for air are given and their dependence on the aspect ratio of the enclosure exhibited.

(Published Online April 20 2006)
(Received October 13 1981)
(Revised July 29 1982)

p1 Present address: Technical Center, Owens–Corning Fiberglas, Granville, Ohio 43023.