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# (a) Sketch of an inclined convection cell. D is the diameter and L the height of the cylindrical sample, β is the inclination angle, T + (T − ) the temperature of the heated (cooled) surfaces. Positioning and naming of the 40 probes inside the cylinder, as considered in the DNS (all combinations of the azimuthal locations A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and circles 1, . . . , 5) and 28 probes in the experiments (all combinations of the eight locations A, . . . , H for the circles 1, 3 and 5 plus four additional probes: A2, A4, E2, E4). Note that the azimuthal locations are shown only for the circle 3, not to overload the sketch. For any inclination angle β > 0 • , the upper azimuthal location is A. (b) Sketch of a central vertical cross-section of the set-up from figure (a), with shown distances (normalised with L = D) between the neighbouring probes and between the probes and the sidewall of the cylindrical convection cell.

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The influence of the cell inclination on the heat transport and large-scale circulation in liquid metal convection - Volume 884 - Lukas Zwirner, Ruslan Khalilov, Ilya Kolesnichenko, Andrey Mamykin, Sergei Mandrykin, Alexander Pavlinov, Alexander Shestakov, Andrei Teimurazov, Peter Frick, Olga Shishkina

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... Rayleigh number in the experiment is evaluated as For a deep analysis of the convective liquid-sodium flows, the convection cell is equipped with 28 thermocouples, each with an isolated junction of 1 mm. The thermocouples are located on 8 lines aligned parallel to the cylinder axis (see figure 2). The azimuthal locations of these lines are distributed with an equal azimuthal step of 45 • and are marked in figure 2 by capital letters A to H (counterclockwise, if looking from the cold end face). ...

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... all thermocouples are located in five cross-sections of the convection cell, which are parallel to the end faces. The thermocouples are installed inside the convection cell at the same distance of 17 mm from the inner cylinder sidewall and thus are located on five circles, which are marked in figure 2 with numbers 1, . . . , 5. The circles 1, 3 and 5 include eight thermocouples, and the circles 2 and 4 only two thermocouples (A and E). ...

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... the DNS and LES, the information on all flow components is available at every small finite volume associated with any grid node. In the experiments, all the information about the flow structures is obtained from the 28 temperature probes located as shown in figure 2 and discussed in § 2.1. The probes are placed in five different horizontal cross-sections of the cylindrical sample, which are parallel to the heated or cooled surfaces. ...

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