Universality of Local Dissipation Scales in Buoyancy-Driven Turbulence
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AbstractWe report an experimental investigation of the local dissipation scale field eta in turbulent thermal convection. Our results reveal two types of universality of eta. The first one is that, for the same flow, the probability density functions (PDFs) of eta are insensitive to turbulent intensity and large-scale inhomogeneity and anisotropy of the system. The second is that the small-scale dissipation dynamics in buoyancy-driven turbulence can be described by the same models developed for homogeneous and isotropic turbulence. However, the exact functional form of the PDF of the local dissipation scale is not universal with respect to different types of flows, but depends on the integral-scale velocity boundary condition, which is found to have an exponential, rather than Gaussian, distribution in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection.
All Author(s) ListZhou Q, Xia KQ
Journal namePhysical Review Letters
Year2010
Month3
Day26
Volume Number104
Issue Number12
PublisherAMER PHYSICAL SOC
ISSN0031-9007
eISSN1079-7114
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesPhysics; Physics, Multidisciplinary; PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY

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