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Rayleigh-Bénard Convection in Liquid metal under Influence of Vertical Magnetic Fields

Schindler, Felix; Zürner, Till; Vogt, Tobias; Eckert, Sven; Schumacher, Jörg

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American Physics Society (APS) DFD meeting 2019 Seattle

In the presented Rayleigh-Bénard convection experiments the turbulent 3d-
flow of the liquid gallium-indium-tin alloy is investigated by use of ultrasound
Doppler velocimetry, temperature and contactless inductive flow tomography
measurements. We reconstruct for the first time near-wall as well as bulk
flow, momentum and heat transport as well as long-term behaviour of the large-scale liquid
metal flow at a low Prandtl number of 0.029 and high Rayleigh numbers up
to 6 · 10e7. Also the influence of a strong magnetic field on the turbulent liquid metal is investigated. The results of the
experiments are compared to direct numerical simulations and other experiments. These are also
considered for the interpretation of the measured turbulence statistics.
Our experiments aim to provide a deeper understanding of the turbulent
convection and its interaction with magnetic fields in turbulent low Prandtl number
flows as those in molten steel, aluminium or geo- and astrophysical flows.


Supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft with grants VO 2332/1-1 and SCHU 1410/29-1
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