Convective heat transport in a fluid layer of infinite Prandtl number: upper bounds for the case of rigid lower boundary and stress-free upper boundary
Max-Planck-Institut für Physik Komplexer Systeme, Nöthnitzer Strasse 38, 01187 Dresden,
Published online: 15 May 2000
We present the theory of the multi-α-solutions of the variational problem for the upper bounds on the convective heat transport in a heated from below horizontal fluid layer with rigid lower boundary and stress-free upper boundary. A sequence of upper bounds on the convective heat transport is obtained. The highest bound is between the bounds for the case of a fluid layer with two rigid boundaries and for the case of a fluid layer with two stress-free boundaries. As an additional result of the presented theory we obtain small corrections of the boundary layer thicknesses of the optimum fields for the case of fluid layer with two rigid boundaries. These corrections lead to systematically lower upper bounds on the convective heat transport in comparison to the bounds obtained in .
PACS: 47.27.Te – Convection and heat transfer / 47.27.Cn – Transition to turbulence
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2000