Parallel Computations of Natural Convection Flow in a Tall Cavity Using an Explicit Finite Element Method

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The Galerkin Finite Element Method was used to predict a natural convection flow in an enclosed cavity. The problem considered was a differentially heated, tall (8:1), rectangular cavity with a Rayleigh number of 3.4 x 10{sup 5} and Prandtl number of 0.71. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations were solved using a Boussinesq approximation for the buoyancy force. The algorithm was developed for efficient use on massively parallel computer systems. Emphasis was on time-accurate simulations. It was found that the average temperature and velocity values can be captured with a relatively coarse grid, while the oscillation amplitude and period appear to be ... continued below

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Dunn, T.A. & McCallen, R.C. October 17, 2000.

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The Galerkin Finite Element Method was used to predict a natural convection flow in an enclosed cavity. The problem considered was a differentially heated, tall (8:1), rectangular cavity with a Rayleigh number of 3.4 x 10{sup 5} and Prandtl number of 0.71. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations were solved using a Boussinesq approximation for the buoyancy force. The algorithm was developed for efficient use on massively parallel computer systems. Emphasis was on time-accurate simulations. It was found that the average temperature and velocity values can be captured with a relatively coarse grid, while the oscillation amplitude and period appear to be grid sensitive and require a refined computation.

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  • 1st MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Cambridge, MA (US), 06/12/2001--06/14/2001

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Dunn, T.A. & McCallen, R.C. Parallel Computations of Natural Convection Flow in a Tall Cavity Using an Explicit Finite Element Method, article, October 17, 2000; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc733870/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.