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Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM)

Date:  Friday, January 26, 2018
Location:  1084 East Hall (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Extreme magnetoconvection

Abstract:   Extreme magnetoconvection is the thermal convection in an electrically conducting fluid (for example, a liquid metal) that occurs in the presence of an imposed magnetic field. We analyze this phenomenon computationally with the focus on the case of very strong static fields (the Hartmann number up to 1E4) and strong heating (the Grashof number up to 1E12). Our goals are to understand the nature of the flow and to explore the implications for the design of liquid metal blankets of tokamak fusion reactors and other liquid metal systems. It is found that, as the intense Joule dissipation of induced electric currents suppresses conventional turbulence, the flows begin to demonstrate extreme, unusual and counter-intuitive behaviors, such as slow oscillation of remarkably high amplitudes, quasi-two-dimensional chaotic regimes, or exponentially growing elevator modes.


Speaker:  Oleg Zikanov
Institution:  University of Michigan (Dearborn)

Event Organizer:   Divakar Viswanath


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