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On the small-scale structure of turbulence and its impact on the pressure field

Title data

Vlaykov, Dimitar G. ; Wilczek, Michael:
On the small-scale structure of turbulence and its impact on the pressure field.
In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Vol. 861 (2019) . - pp. 422-446.
ISSN 0022-1120
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2018.857

Abstract in another language

Understanding the small-scale structure of incompressible turbulence and its implications for the non-local pressure field is one of the fundamental challenges in fluid mechanics. Intense velocity gradient structures tend to cluster on a range of scales which affects the pressure through a Poisson equation. Here we present a quantitative investigation of the spatial distribution of these structures conditional on their intensity for Taylor-based Reynolds numbers in the range 160, 380. We find that the correlation length of the second invariant of the velocity gradient is proportional to the Kolmogorov scale. It is also a good indicator for the spatial localization of intense enstrophy and strain-dominated regions, as well as the separation between them. We describe and quantify the differences in the two-point statistics of these regions and the impact they have on the non-locality of the pressure field as a function of the intensity of the regions. Specifically, across the examined range of Reynolds numbers, the pressure in strong rotation-dominated regions is governed by a dissipation-scale neighbourhood. In strong strain-dominated regions, on the other hand, it is determined primarily by a larger neighbourhood reaching inertial scales.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science > Department of Physics > Chair Theoretical Physics I > Chair Theoretical Physics I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Wilczek
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Nonlinear Dynamics
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 530 Physics
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 09:24
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 09:24
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/67616