Stringy turbulence kinematics

D. Kivotides, A. Leonard

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The kinematics of a model of purely structured turbulence are compared with fully resolved Navier-Stokes solutions corresponding to smaller Reλ numbers. Key kinematic aspects of turbulence like the average growth of material lines and surfaces, the tendency of the material length vectors to align with the expansive rate-of-strain eigenvector and the shapes of the joint histograms of the Lyapunov exponents of the left stretch tensor are reproduced qualitatively. The ratios of average values of the Lyapunov exponents (scaled with the Kolmogorov time scale) are close but the absolute values differ by a factor of 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalEPL: A Letters Journal Exploring the Frontiers of Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2004


  • turbulence simulation and modeling
  • fundamentals
  • isotropic turbulence
  • homogeneous turbulence


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