Based on amplitude expansions developed in Part 1 (Suslov & Paolucci 1999), we examine the mean flow characteristics of non-Boussinesq mixed convection flow of air in a vertical channel in the vicinity of bifurcation points for a wide range of temperature differences between the walls, and Grashof and Reynolds numbers. The constant mass flux and constant pressure gradient formulations are shown to lead to qualitatively similar, but quantitatively different, results. The physical nature of the distinct shear and buoyancy disturbances is investigated, and detailed mean flow and energy analyses are presented. The variation of the total mass of fluid in a flow domain as disturbances develop is discussed. The average Nusselt number and mass flux are estimated for supercritical regimes for a wide range of governing parameters.
Journal of Fluid Mechanics,
Vol. 398 (1999), pp. 87-108