Heat-flux measurement in high-Prandtl-number turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection.

  title={Heat-flux measurement in high-Prandtl-number turbulent Rayleigh-B{\'e}nard convection.},
  author={Ke-Qing Xia and Siu Ping Lam and S. Q. Zhou},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={88 6},
We report Nusselt number measurements from high Prandtl number turbulent thermal convection experiments. The experiments are conducted in four fluids with the Prandtl number Pr varying from 4 to 1350 and the Rayleigh number Ra from 2x10(7) to 3x10(10), all in a single convection cell of unity aspect ratio. We find that the measured Nusselt number decreased about 20% over the range of Pr spanned in the experiment. The measure data are also found in good agreement with the prediction of a recent… CONTINUE READING
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