Convection from a Heat Source

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Convection is a major driver in many flows in nature. In this film, the UCLA Spinlab demonstrates buoyant convection caused by a local heat source. They deposit dye on a submerged, continuously heated plate, then observe as the dye slowly rises with the heated (lower density) fluid. The surface forms a cap for the rising dye, which then spreads horizontally. Qualitatively similar flows can be seen in nature over volcanic eruptions or in thunderstorms when clouds reach the troposphere or a capping inversion. Be sure to check out the rest of the Spinlab’s videos. (Video credit: UCLA Spinlab; submitted by Jon B.)

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