Spectral imbalance in the inertial range dynamics of decaying rotating turbulence.

Author: 

Valente, P
Dallas, V

Publication Date: 

24 February 2017

Journal: 

Physical review. E

Last Updated: 

2020-12-27T04:23:25.327+00:00

Issue: 

2-1

Volume: 

95

DOI: 

10.1103/physreve.95.023114

page: 

023114-023114

abstract: 

Direct numerical simulations of homogeneous decaying turbulence with background rotation show the existence of a systematic and significant imbalance between the non-linear energy cascade to small scales and its dissipation. By starting the decay from a statistically stationary and weakly rotating turbulent state, where the dissipation and the energy flux are approximately equal, the data show a growing imbalance between the two until a maximum is reached when the dissipation is about twice the energy flux. This dichotomy of behaviors during decay is reminiscent of the nonequilibrium and the equilibrium regions previously reported for nonrotating turbulence [Valente and Vassilicos, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 214503 (2012)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.108.214503]. Note, however, that for decaying rotating turbulence the classical scaling of the dissipation rate ε∝u^{'3}/L (where u^{'} and L are the root mean square fluctuating velocity and the integral length scale, respectively) does not appear to hold during decay, which may be attributed to the effect of the background rotation on the energy cascade. On the other hand, the maximum energy flux holds the scaling Π_{max}∝u^{'3}/L in the initial stage of the decay until the maximum imbalance is reached.

Symplectic id: 

732148

Submitted to ORA: 

Submitted

Publication Type: 

Journal Article