Molecular-dynamics study of Rayleigh-Bénard convection

D. C. Rapaport

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Fully developed convective rolls have been observed in microscopic simulations of a hard-disk fluid driven by opposed temperature and gravitational fields. Under certain conditions a relatively long-lived mode with higher wave number is found to occur instead of the familiar square-cross-section rolls; this mode eventually undergoes a transition to the preferred square-roll state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2480-2483
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1988


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