Transition on local temperature fluctuations in highly turbulent convectionF. Gauthier1, J. Salort1, O. Bourgeois1, J.-L. Garden1, R. du Puits2, A. Thess2 and P.-E. Roche1
1 Institut Néel, CNRS/UJF - BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble cedex 9, France, EU
2 Technische Universität Ilmenau - Ehrenbergstraße 29, D-98693 Ilmenau, Germany, EU
received 15 April 2009; accepted in final form 13 August 2009; published August 2009
published online 15 September 2009
In 1997, a new turbulent regime has been observed in a Rayleigh-Bénard cell and has been interpreted as the “Ultimate Regime” of convection. This observation was based on global heat transfer measurements at very high Rayleigh numbers (Ra). Using a set-up similar to the one used in 1997, we examine the signature of this regime from within the flow itself. A systematic study of probe-size corrections shows that the earlier local temperature measurements within the flow were altered by an excessive size of thermometer, but not according to a theoretical model proposed in the literature. Using a probe one order of magnitude smaller than the one used previously, we find evidence that the transition to the very-high-Ra regime is indeed accompanied with a clear change in the statistics of temperature fluctuations in the flow.
47.27.te - Turbulent convective heat transfer.
44.25.+f - Heat transfer: Natural convection.
47.80.-v - Instrumentation and measurement methods in fluid dynamics.
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