The phenomenology of small-scale turbulence

K. R. Sreenivasan, R. A. Antonia

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Small-scale turbulence has been an area of especially active research in the recent past, and several useful research directions have been pursued. Here, we selectively review this work. The emphasis is on scaling phenomenology and kinematics of small-scale structure. After providing a brief introduction to the classical notions of universality due to Kolmogorov and others, we survey the existing work on intermiltency, refined similarity hypotheses, anomalous scaling exponents, derivative statistics, intermittency models, and the structure and kine-matics of small-scale structure - the latter aspect coming largely from the direct numerical simulation of homogeneous turbulence in a periodic box.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-472
Number of pages38
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - 1997


  • Geometry and kinematics of small-scale turbulence
  • Intermittency models
  • Small-scale intermittency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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