A Determining Form for the 2D Rayleigh-Bénard Problem
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A Determining Form for the 2D Rayleigh-Bénard Problem

  • Author(s): Cao, Yu
  • Jolly, Michael S
  • Titi, Edriss S
  • et al.
Abstract

We construct a determining form for the 2D Rayleigh-B enard (RB) system in a strip with solid horizontal boundaries, in the cases of no-slip and stress-free boundary conditions. The determining form is an ODE in a Banach space of trajectories whose steady states comprise the long-time dynamics of the RB system. In fact, solutions on the global attractor of the RB system can be further identified through the zeros of a scalar equation to which the ODE reduces for each initial trajectory. The twist in this work is that the trajectories are for the velocity field only, which in turn determines the corresponding trajectories of the temperature.

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