Fractal geometry of isoscalar surfaces in turbulence: Theory and experiments

Petre Constantin, Itamar Procaccia, K. R. Sreenivasan

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We present a Lagrangian calculation of the area of isothermal (or isoconcentration) surfaces in a medium of fluid turbulence. We argue that such surfaces appear fractal above some inner scale which depends on the Reynolds number. The fractal dimension is estimated theoretically. The theory is compared to experiments in which a dye is used as a passive scalar in various turbulent flows. We find excellent agreement in many details.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1739-1742
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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