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Direct numerical simulation of inertia-sensitive turbulence

Bretonnet, Loïc and Joly, Laurent and Chassaing, Patrick Direct numerical simulation of inertia-sensitive turbulence. (2002) In: 9th European Turbulence Conference, 2 July 2002 - 5 July 2002 (Southampton, United Kingdom).

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Direct numerical simulations were performed of the turbulent mixing of a contrasted density field by a statistically homogeneous velocity field. The density ratio between the two initially unmixed fluids is 3, thus well beyond the passive-scalar situation. This low Mach number variable density turbulence is relevant to very large Froude-number turbulent mixing processes. In this paper the flow configuration is a forced homogeneous turbulence mixing an initially sharp density-gradient layer. Depending on the characteristic length scales of the velocity and density fields, the order of magnitude of the vortex-stretching and baroclinic enstrophy sources is compared. In the situation where turbulence is inertia affected and where strong baroclinic events are encountered, the deviations from the passive-scalar case are analysed both from the spectral and the statistical points of view.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
HAL Id:hal-04039368
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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