 
Summary: Local temperature measurements in turbulent rotating
RayleighB´enard convection
Yuanming Liu1, 2,
and Robert E. Ecke1, 2
1
Center for Nonlinear Studies
2
Condensed Matter and Thermal Physics Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545
(Dated: May 9, 2011)
Abstract
We present local temperature measurements of turbulent RayleighB´enard convection with ro
tation about a vertical axis. The fluid, water with Prandtl number about 6, was confined in a cell
with a square cross section of 7.3 × 7.3 cm2 and a height of 9.4 cm. Temperature fluctuations and
boundarylayer profiles were measured for Rayleigh numbers 1 × 107 < Ra < 5 × 108 and Taylor
numbers 0 < Ta < 5 × 109. We present statistics of the temperature field measured by a single
thermistor located along the vertical centerline of the cell or by an array of thermistors distributed
laterally from that centerline. The statistics include the mean temperature, standard deviation,
skewness, and the probability distribution functions at various locations in the cell, especially near
and inside the thermal boundary layer. The effects of rotation on these quantities are discussed
