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Rotating horizontal convection in a rectangular box

Vreugdenhil, Catherine; Griffiths, Ross; Gayen, Bishakhdatta


We examine the effect of rotation on horizontal convection using laboratory experiments in a rectangular box domain. Horizontal convection is a basic model for the meridional overturning circulation (MOC) in the ocean; we also expect the MOC is influenced by the Earth's rotation. The Rayleigh number is two orders of magnitude larger than any previous study (Ra ~ 1012) to ensure the flow lies in a regime with a turbulent boundary layer and endwall plume (to better match realistic ocean...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Conference paper
Source: Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Access Rights: Open Access


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