ELECTRIC FIELD EFFECTS ON NATURAL CONVECTION IN ENCLOSURES.
The enhancement of convective heat transfer by an electric field is but one aspect of the complex thermoelectric phenomena which arise from the interaction of fluid dynamic and electric fields. Convective flows in enclosures are particularly sensitive because the limited fluid volumes, recirculation, and generally low velocities allow the relatively weak electric body force to exert a significant influence. The modes by which the Navier-Stokes equations are coupled to Maxwell's equations of electrodynamics are reviewed. The conditions governing the most significant coupling modes are then derived.