Journal article

Universal aspects of small-scale motions in turbulence

GE Elsinga, I Marusic

Journal of Fluid Mechanics | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

Two aspects of small-scale turbulence are currently regarded universal, as they have been reported for a wide variety of turbulent flows. Firstly, the vorticity vector has been found to display a preferential alignment with the eigenvector corresponding to the intermediate eigenvalue of the strain rate tensor; and secondly, the joint probability density function (p.d.f.) of the second and third invariant of the velocity gradient tensor, Q and R, has a characteristic teardrop shape. This paper provides an explanation for these universal aspects in terms of a spatial organization of coherent structures, which is based on an evaluation of the average flow pattern in the local coordinate system ..

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