Case study: Visualization and analysis of high Rayleigh number - 3D convection in the earth's mantle

Gordon Erlebacher, David A. Yuen, Fabien Dubuffet

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Abstract

Data sets from large-scale simulations (up to 5013 grid points) of mantle convection are analyzed with volume rendering of the temperature field and a new critical point analysis of the velocity field. As the Rayleigh number Ra is increased the thermal field develops increasingly thin plume-like structures along which heat is convected. These eventually break down and become turbulent. Visualization methods are used to distinguish between various models of heat conductivity and to develop an intuitive understanding of the structure of the flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Visualization Conference
EditorsR. Moorhead, M. Gross, K.I. Joy
Pages493-496
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventVIS 2002, IEEE Visualisation 2002 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2002Nov 1 2002

Other

OtherVIS 2002, IEEE Visualisation 2002
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period10/27/0211/1/02

Keywords

  • Critical points
  • Feature extraction
  • Mantle convection
  • Plumes
  • Unsteady flow
  • Volume rendering

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