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Dynamics of Air Avalanches in the Access Pit of an Underground Quarry

Abstract : Temperature measurements have been performed in the vertical access pit of an underground quarry. During autumn, air avalanches induce an initial thermal feedback and a stationary mixing state characterized by spatially coherent broad-band fluctuations with a standard deviation of about 0:2 C, linearly increasing with the inside-minus-outside temperature difference. Phase changes of water are shown to contribute to the onset condition, the feedback, and the stationary mixing state. This experiment may give insight on turbulent thermal and compositional convection with nonadiabatic boundaries.
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F Perrier, P Morat, J.-L Le Mouël. Dynamics of Air Avalanches in the Access Pit of an Underground Quarry. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2002, 89, pp.134501. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.134501⟩. ⟨insu-01298305⟩



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