Towards a dynamical theory of multifractals in turbulence

Victor Yakhot, K. R. Sreenivasan

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Making use of the exact equations for structure functions, supplemented by the equations for dissipative anomaly as well as an estimate for the Lagrangian acceleration of fluid particles, we obtain a main result of the multifractal theory of turbulence. The central element of the theory is a dissipation cut-off that depends on the order of the structure function. An expression obtained for the exponents sn in the scaling relations (∂u/∂x)n / √(∂u/∂x)2n/2 ∝ Resn, between the velocity gradients ∂u/∂x and the Reynolds number Re, agrees well with experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Nov 15 2004


  • Dynamical systems
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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