Power law of decaying homogeneous isotropic turbulence at low Reynolds number

Burattini, P. ; Lavoie, P. ; Agrawal, A. ; Djenidi, L. ; Antonia, R. A. (2006) Power law of decaying homogeneous isotropic turbulence at low Reynolds number Physical Review E, 73 (6). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1539-3755

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.73.066304

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We focus on an estimate of the decay exponent λm in the initial period of decay of homogeneous isotropic turbulence at low Taylor microscale Reynolds number Rλ λ20–50. Lattice Boltzmann simulations in a periodic box of 2563 points are performed and compared with measurements in grid turbulence at similar Rλ. Good agreement is found between measured and calculated energy spectra. The exponent m is estimated in three different ways: from the decay of the turbulent kinetic energy, the decay of the mean energy dissipation rate, and the rate of growth of the Taylor microscale. Although all estimates are close, as prescribed by theory, that from the Taylor microscale has the largest variability. It is then suggested that the virtual origin for the decay rate be determined from the Taylor microscale, but the actual value of m be estimated from the decay rate of the kinetic energy. The dependence of m on Rλ(0 ) the value of Rλ at the beginning of the simulation is also analyzed, using the present data as well as data from the literature. The results confirmed that m approaches 1, as Rλ(0 ) increases.

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