Three-dimensional turbulence vorticity: numerical and experimental modeling



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Cano, D. and Cano Marchante, José Leandro and Matulka, A.M. (2008) Three-dimensional turbulence vorticity: numerical and experimental modeling. Nuovo cimento della Società Italiana di Fisica C - geophysics and space physics, 31 (5-6). pp. 791-811. ISSN 1124-1896

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We show in this paper how a system of equations of motion, diffusion and continuity that present the effects of vorticity through a vorticity transfer length scale may be used to model 2D-3D vorticity behaviour. The local turbulent vorticity is separated from the large-scale flow following the Reynolds decomposition (Reynolds 1894, Taylor 1931)—∇ × v + ∇ × v —similar to the technique used for velocity. The system of equations extended through the terms ∇ × v and ∇ × v is solved numerically using a purely statistical local method that details the role of vorticity transport in the turbulence behaviour of the flow. Moreover, this numerical model that shows the temporal evolution of both fields, 3D velocity and 3D vorticity is used to investigate the propagation of turbulent perturbations that arise from the development of a vortex placed in the centre of the numerical domain. Even with a small mesh (60 × 60 × 120), the results show the propagation of vorticity-related waves both in the plane and in the vertical. The numerical results are compared with experiments performed in a stratified flow, where velocity and vorticity are measured with PIV as turbulence behind a grid decay, these experiments have been performed both in a rotating frame of reference and with no rotation and show features also detected in the numerical simulations when the assumption of a quasi– two-dimensional flow is used.

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© Società Italiana di Fisica. The authors would like to thank Prof. Lord J. C. R. Hunt because part of this work was stimulated by the lecture on turbulent vorticity by Prof. J. L. Cano at DAMPT in the University of Cambridge and subsequent contacts. Thanks are also due to Prof. J. M. Redondo for his comments on this work.

Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Atmospheric physics
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