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Any current Techies here have a clue where to find data on this subject within the realm of small reservoirs? My advanced calculus and sense of physics dwindelled long before my leaving Uni 35yrs ago. So something that's less attuned to applied advanced physics and considerably smaller than a plantoid the size of freakin' Mars would be greatly appreciated on this one.

I'm simply trying to work out some advanced design theories for a more efficient water cooling system reservoir not save the universe from nueclear thermal radiation! Shot in the dark perhaps, but, I gotta get these thoughts on paper so they make sense to others.
  
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Well, in order to have convection, you need two surfaces that cool/heat at different rates.
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Let clerify my needs here..........I understand the 3 basic laws of heat transfer, Convection, Induction and Radiation in relation to super heated air/water. My primary concerns are with the natural movement/flow of water molecules caused by disipation/diffusion within a small self contained mass such as a reservoir.

The flow can be graphed at sub-zero temps by its crystal formations and at hyperboil one can introduce solids particles to observe their motion. It's the state of motion which transpires between these to two extreme periods and at ambient temps that I'm having trouble finding info about.

Anything relative to the subject will do at this point. Not trying to be Einstein here, just seeking to gain a better working knowlege on the basic laws of WC'ing.
  
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I enjoy pondering physical phenomenae too--here are a few thoughts:

1. I'm guessing that at the flow rates that most WCs use, the convection effects are swamped by the churning of water entering/leaving the resevoir.

2. I'm also guessing that, even if one ignores pumping effects, the simple dynamic of convection that Paul showed quickly generates incredible complexity. This is analogous to weather forecasting, where simple physics produce complexity that supercomputers cannot model.

This is classic chaotic behavior--it's virtually impossible to forecast, but there are patterns, limits, and rules to the behavior. Those patterns are where the insights lie. Sharpen your pencil!

Edit: You might look into atmospheric turbulence research--it uses similar concepts.

3. A clear tank and a syringe full of dye will allow you to observe to your heart's content.

HTH, and have fun!
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Finally a livewire........Thanks Doc. But, por que es HTH?
  
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Finally a livewire........Thanks Doc. But, por que es HTH?
You're very welcome.

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