Title

Oscillations Modulating Power Law Exponents in Isotropic Turbulence: Comparison of Experiments with Simulations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-22-2021

Department

Department of Physics; Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Abstract

Inertial-range features of turbulence are investigated using data from experimental measurements of grid turbulence and direct numerical simulations of isotropic turbulence simulated in a periodic box, both at the Taylor-scale Reynolds number Rλ∼1000. In particular, oscillations modulating the power-law scaling in the inertial range are examined for structure functions up to sixth-order moments. The oscillations in exponent ratios decrease with increasing sample size in simulations, although in experiments they survive at a low value of 4 parts in 1000 even after massive averaging. The two datasets are consistent in their intermittent character but differ in small but observable respects. Neither the scaling exponents themselves nor all the viscous effects are consistently reproduced by existing models of intermittency.

Publication Title

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS

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