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Complex Systems/MICDE Seminar | Numerical Simulations of Turbulence in Heated Fluids

Janet Scheel Occidental College, Associate Professor of Physics
Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
747 Weiser Hall Map
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering

Turbulent systems are all around us, from waves crashing on our beaches, to smoke rising from the fires in our mountains, to the air that can disrupt our smooth airline flights. But, turbulent systems are not well understood. Rayleigh-Benard Convection is a more simplified system which captures some of the key features of turbulence, including thermal plumes, thin boundary layers and large-scale flow. In Rayleigh-Benard convection, an enclosed fluid is bounded by horizontal parallel plates kept at a constant temperature difference. Results from numerical simulations of the equations which describe Rayleigh-Benard convection will be discussed and compared to experimental and theoretical results. These include flows in air and liquid metals in confined containers in addition to more horizontally extended systems.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Biosciences, Complex Systems, Computational Modeling, Lsaresearch, Natural Sciences, Physics, Rayleigh-benard Convection, Research
Source: Happening @ Michigan from The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Department of Physics, Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering