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Numerical study of natural convection in a square cavity under non-Boussinesq conditions

Abstract : Natural convection in a differentially heated cavity has been carried out under large temperature gradient. The study has been performed by direct simulations using a two-dimensional finite volume numerical code solving the time-dependent Navier-Stokes equations under the low Mach number approximation. The low Mach number model constitutes an important numerical problem for low speed flows. It is based on the filtering of acoustic waves from the complete Navier-Stokes equations. Various simulations were conducted including constant or variable transport coefficients and both small and large temperature differences. A com-parison between an incompressible code based on the Boussinesq approximation and the low Mach number compressible code shows that the incompressible model is not sufficient to simulate natural convective flow for large temperature differences.
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S. Hamimid, M. Guellal, M. Bouafia. Numerical study of natural convection in a square cavity under non-Boussinesq conditions. Thermal Science, 2014, ⟨10.2298/TSCI130810084H⟩. ⟨hal-02398149⟩

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