Lagrangian statistics and flow topology in forced two-dimensional turbulence

A study of the relationship between Lagrangian statistics and flow topology in fluid turbulence is presented. The topology is characterized using the Weiss criterion, which provides a conceptually simple tool to partition the flow into topologically different regions: elliptic (vortex dominated), hyperbolic (deformation dominated), and intermediate (turbulent background). The flow corresponds to forced two-dimensional Navier-Stokes turbulence in doubly periodic and circular bounded domains, the latter with no-slip boundary conditions. In the double periodic domain, the probability density function (pdf) of the Weiss field exhibits a negative skewness consistent with the fact that in periodic domains the flow is dominated by coherent vortex structures. On the other hand, in the circular domain, the elliptic and hyperbolic regions seem to be statistically similar. We follow a Lagrangian approach and obtain the statistics by tracking large ensembles of passively advected tracers. The pdfs of residence time in the topologically different regions are computed introducing the Lagrangian Weiss field, i.e., the Weiss field computed along the particles' trajectories. In elliptic and hyperbolic regions, the pdfs of the residence time have self-similar algebraic decaying tails. In contrast, in the intermediate regions the pdf has exponential decaying tails. The conditional pdfs (with respect to the flow topology) of the Lagrangian velocity exhibit Gaussian-like behavior in the periodic and in the bounded domains. In contrast to the freely decaying turbulence case, the conditional pdfs of the Lagrangian acceleration in forced turbulence show a comparable level of intermittency in both the periodic and the bounded domains. The conditional pdfs of the Lagrangian curvature are characterized, in all cases, by self-similar power-law behavior with a decay exponent of order -2.

Benjamin Kadoch, Diego del Castillo Negrete, Wouter J.T. Bos, Kai Schneider. Lagrangian statistics and flow topology in forced two-dimensional turbulence. Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, American Physical Society, 2011, 83, pp.036314. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevE.83.036314⟩. ⟨hal-00647805⟩

Journal: Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics

Date de publication: 23-03-2011

Auteurs:
  • Benjamin Kadoch
  • Diego del Castillo Negrete
  • Wouter J.T. Bos
  • Kai Schneider

Digital object identifier (doi): http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.83.036314


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