Cell sizes at the onset of oscillatory convective instability in a layer of low-prandtl-number fluid subject to rotation and a vertical magnetic field

J. M. Lopez, J. O. Murphy

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Abstract

The computed theoretical predictions of cell sizes at the onset of direct and oscillatory instabilities when a rotating layer of mercury is heated from below and subjected to the influence of a vertical magnetic field are compared with the experimentally determined values of Nakagawa (1). The point of transition from oscillatory instability to direct instability which is manifested in a discontinuous change in the cell sizes is also investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalQuarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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