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Rayleigh number Line breaks: Ray|leigh num¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪli/

Definition of Rayleigh number in English:


A dimensionless parameter that is a measure of the instability of a layer of fluid due to differences of temperature and density at the top and bottom.
Example sentences
  • By the mid-twentieth century, geophysicists had determined that the Earth's mantle was likely to advect heat from the core, because its Rayleigh number far exceeds the convective threshold.
  • Further, Honda et al. assume constant viscosity, which is an important element of the Rayleigh number.

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