- Custer, J. R. and Shaughnessy, E. J., NATURAL CONVECTION IN LIQUID METALS IN AN ENCLOSURE.,
Journal of Heat Transfer, Transactions ASME, vol. 99 Ser C no. 4
pp. 675 - 676 .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
The authors report the results of a numerical investigation of natural convection in liquid metals contained within a horizontal cylindrical annulus. The bounding cylinders are each at constant, but different, temperature. The flow is assumed two-dimensional and steady. The Boussinesq approximation is used to account for the temperature dependence of the density. The problem is formulated in terms of a stream function and a temperature function. The results presented were obtained with the technique of partial spectral expansions. The principle of this approach is to expand the dependent variables in a set of known basis functions. These functions are generally chosen to satisfy known symmetries or invariants of the flow.