Advances in the Fundamental Aspects of Turbulence: Energy Transfer, Interacting Scales, and Self-Preservation in Isotropic Decay

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Ye Zhou

IBM Research Division, TJ Watson Research Center, PO Box, 218, Yorktown Heights NY 10598 and Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton VA 23681

Charles G. Speziale

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston MA 02215

Appl. Mech. Rev 51(4), 267-301 (Apr 01, 1998) (35 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3099004 History: Online April 20, 2009


The fundamental aspects of isotropic turbulence are reviewed in order to gain a better insight into the physical processes of turbulence. After first reviewing the Kolmogorov energy spectrum and the energy cascade, the Kolmogorov hypothesis of local isotropy is discussed in depth. Then, the detailed physical processes involving energy transfer and interacting scales in isotropic turbulence, including triad interactions, are reviewed. The inertial range and self-similarity are also discussed along with the response of the small scales to large-scale anisotropy and the final stages of the decay process. Results from direct and large-eddy simulations of isotropic turbulence—including a discussion of subgrid scale modeling—are then discussed in detail to illustrate these points. The article closes with a review of self-preservation in isotropic turbulence and a discussion of the prospects for future research. It contains 155 references.

Copyright © 1998 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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