Very fine structures in scalar mixing

Joerg Schumacher, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, Pui-kuen Yeung

Submitted on 17 February 2005


We explore very fine scales of scalar dissipation in turbulent mixing, below Kolmogorov and around Batchelor scales, by performing direct numerical simulations at much finer grid resolution than is usually adopted in the past. We consider the resolution in terms of a local, fluctuating Batchelor scale and study the effects on the tails of the probability density function and multifractal properties of the scalar dissipation. The origin and importance of these very fine-scale fluctuations are discussed. One conclusion is that they are unlikely to be related to the most intense dissipation events.


Comment: 10 pages, 7 figures (low quality due to downsizing)

Subjects: Nonlinear Sciences - Chaotic Dynamics; Astrophysics; Physics - Fluid Dynamics