Stability of a horizontal fluid layer with zero shear boundaries

Richard J Goldstein, D. J. Graham

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The onset of thermal convection in a horizontal fluid layer heated from below and bounded, above and below, by zero shear boundaries is studied experimentally. The measured value of the critical Rayleigh number is in reasonable agreement with the closed form solution obtained by Rayleigh and is in good agreement with that expected for the actual thermal boundary conditions experienced in the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1137
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1969


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