Transitions and Bifurcations in Laminar Buoyant Flows in Confined Enclosures

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K. T. Yang

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556

J. Heat Transfer 110(4b), 1191-1204 (Nov 01, 1988) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250620 History: Received February 03, 1988; Online October 20, 2009


Recent advances in experimental and numerical studies of flow instability, bifurcation, and transition to turbulence for buoyant flow in three-dimensional rectangular enclosures heated from below and from the sides are reviewed, with emphasis on the physical causes of various instabilities and bifurcations as well as the observed and calculated routes to chaotic motions. Also discussed are the current successes and shortcomings of numerical simulations of experimental data and observations. Finally, unresolved critical issues and needs for future research are also addressed.

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