Energy spectrum in high-resolution direct numerical simulations of turbulence

Takashi Ishihara, Koji Morishita, Mitsuo Yokokawa, Atsuya Uno, Yukio Kaneda

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A study is made about the energy spectrum E(k) of turbulence on the basis of high-resolution direct numerical simulations (DNSs) of forced incompressible turbulence in a periodic box using a Fourier spectral method with the number of grid points and the Taylor scale Reynolds number Rλ up to 122883 and approximately 2300, respectively. The DNS data show that there is a wave-number range (approximately 5×10-3<kη<2×10-2) in which E(k) fits approximately well to Kolmogorov's k-5/3 scaling, where η is the Kolmogorov length scale. However, a close inspection shows that the exponent is a little smaller than-5/3, and E(k) in the range fits to E(k)/[(ϵ)2/3k-5/3]=c(kL)m, where (ϵ) is the mean energy dissipation rate per unit mass; L is the integral length scale; and m≈-0.12. The coefficient c is independent of k, but has a Rλ dependence, such as c=CRλζ, where C≈0.9 and ζ≈0.14.

Original languageEnglish
Article number082403
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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