Paolo Oresta

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The heat transfer mechanism in Rayleigh-Bénard convection in a liquid with a mean temperature close to its boiling point is studied through numerical simulations with pointlike vapor bubbles, which are allowed to grow or shrink through evaporation and condensation and which act back on the flow both thermally and mechanically. It is shown that the effect of(More)
Boiling is an extremely effective way to promote heat transfer from a hot surface to a liquid due to numerous mechanisms, many of which are not understood in quantitative detail. An important component of the overall process is that the buoyancy of the bubble compounds with that of the liquid to give rise to a much-enhanced natural convection. In this(More)
The effect of particles falling under gravity in a weakly turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard gas flow is studied numerically. The particle Stokes number is varied between 0.01 and 1 and their temperature is held fixed at the temperature of the cold plate, of the hot plate, or the mean between these values. Mechanical, thermal, and combined mechanical and thermal(More)
Heavy or light particles introduced into a liquid trigger motion due to their buoyancy, with the potential to drive flow to a turbulent state. In the case of vapor bubbles present in a liquid near its boiling point, thermal coupling between the liquid and vapor can moderate this additional motion by reducing temperature gradients in the liquid. Whether the(More)
Numerical results for kinetic and thermal energy dissipation rates in bubbly Rayleigh-Bénard convection are reported. Bubbles have a twofold effect on the flow: on the one hand, they absorb or release heat to the surrounding liquid phase, thus tending to decrease the temperature differences responsible for the convective motion; but on the other hand, the(More)
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