Slow spectral transfer and energy cascades in isotropic turbulence

Sualeh Khurshid, Diego A. Donzis, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan

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A database of highly resolved direct numerical simulations of three-dimensional isotropic turbulence, with Taylor microscale Reynolds numbers ranging from ≈3 to 400, and grid sizes up to 20483, is used to analyse the temporal behaviours of spectral transfer and energy that result from low-wavenumber forcing. The temporal behaviours of the energy and energy transfer spectra are analysed using single-time and time-delay statistics. Results show that the energy transfer across a given wavenumber in the inertial range fluctuates by an order of magnitude around its temporal average, and only slow fluctuations have the property of being unidirectional, consistent with classical cascade concepts. All small scales, roughly beyond kη > 0.3, respond essentially instantly to changes at the large scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA21
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - 2020


  • isotropic turbulence
  • turbulence simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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