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Numerical simulation of tidal synchronization of the Large-Scale Circulation in Rayleigh-Bénard Convection with aspect ratio 1

Röhrborn, S.; Jüstel, P.; Galindo, V.; Stefani, F.; Stepanov, R.


A possible explanation for the apparent phase stability of the 11.07-year Schwabe cycle of the solar dynamo was the subject of a series of recent papers [1, 2, 3]. The synchronization of the helicity of an instability with azimuthal wavenumber m=1 by a tidal m=2 perturbation played a key role here. To analyze this type of interaction in a paradigmatic set-up, we study a thermally driven Rayleigh-Bénard Convection (RBC) of a liquid metal under the influence of a tide-like electromagnetic forcing. As shown previously, the time-modulation of this forcing emerges as a peak frequency in the m=2 mode of the radial flow velocity component. In this paper we present new numerical results on the interplay between the Large Scale Circulation (LSC) of a RBC flow and the time modulated electromagnetic forcing.

Keywords: Magnetohydrodynamics; Rayleigh-Bénard convection; liquid metal flow; electromagnetic forcing; CFD

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