Unsteady natural convection on an evenly heated vertical plate for Prandtl number Pr<1

Lin, Wenxian, and Armfield, S.W. (2005) Unsteady natural convection on an evenly heated vertical plate for Prandtl number Pr<1. Physical Review E (Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics), 72 (6). 066309-1.

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Abstract

The transient behavior of the natural convection boundary-layer flow adjacent to a vertical plate heated with a uniform flux in a quiescent homogeneous ambient fluid with Prandtl number Pr<1 is investigated by scaling analysis and direct numerical simulation (DNS). The flow is characterized by a startup stage, a short transitional stage and a steady state. The flow is parametrized by the thermal and velocity boundary-layer thickness scales, the vertical velocity scale, the time scale for the boundary layer to reach the steady state and the plate temperature scale. Scaling analysis is used to obtain laws relating these quantities to the flow governing parameters, the Rayleigh number Ra, the Prandtl number, and the Boussinesq number Bo=RaPr which is a much more important control parameter than Ra for small Pr fluids. A series of DNS with selected values of Ra and Pr in the ranges of 106≤Ra≤1010 and 0.01≤Pr≤0.5 are used to validate the scaling laws and obtain scaling constants.

Item ID: 4676
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1550-2376
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2009 04:17
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091504 Fluidisation and Fluid Mechanics @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091505 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations @ 50%
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