Turbulent convection in extended domains: Lagrangian and Eulerian analysis of large-scale patterns


Turbulent convection flows in nature are often organized in prominent and regular patterns that persist for long times and extend over scales which are much larger than the typical height scale. Examples are cloud streets in the atmosphere or granulation patterns at the solar surface. This large-scale order which is termed turbulent superstructure of convection is observed albeit the flows are highly turbulent with a very large Rayleigh number Ra that characterizes the thermal driving. These flow patterns appear in turbulent convection flows with very different molecular dissipation properties, i.e., for flows at various Prandtl numbers Pr. We report a recent analysis of the typical large-scale pattern scales in the Eulerian and Lagrangian frames of reference. It is based on direct numerical simulations of a flow that is a paradigm for many geo- and astrophysical turbulent flows, large-aspect ratio Rayleigh-Bénard convection.

Nov 16, 2017 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Newton Lab, ECCR 257
Engineering Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309

Technical University of Ilmenau