We report the results from two distinct direct numerical simulations (DNS) of turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection (RBC) for Rayleigh number of 105 and Prandtl number of 0.7 in a laterally unbounded domain confined between two horizontal isothermal plates with no-slip and free-slip boundary conditions respectively. The central aim of the present work consists in a simultaneous description of both flows in a compound physical/scale space domain by using a generalized form of the classical Kolmogorov equation for the second-order velocity structure function. It has been found that the dynamics of the coherent structures in RBC, the so-called thermal plumes, are clearly reflected in the multi-scale energy budgets. In particular, the enlargement of thermal plumes following the impingement at the wall entails a transfer of scale-energy from small turbulent scales toward larger ones. This aspect shed light on the role of thermal plumes in turbulent RBC and could have a direct impact on future attempts to model the effects of small-scale motions in thermal convection.
Analysis of turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection in the compound physical/scale space domain / Togni, R.; Cimarelli, A.; de Angelis, E.. - (2015). (Intervento presentato al convegno 15th European Turbulence Conference, ETC 2015 tenutosi a nld nel 2015).