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Causality of energy-containing eddies in wall turbulence

Lozano-Durán, Adrián and Bae, Hyunji Jane and Encinar, Miguel Perez (2020) Causality of energy-containing eddies in wall turbulence. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 882 . A2. ISSN 0022-1120.

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Turbulent flows in the presence of walls may be apprehended as a collection of momentum- and energy-containing eddies (energy-eddies), whose sizes differ by many orders of magnitude. These eddies follow a self-sustaining cycle, i.e. existing eddies are seeds for the inception of new ones, and so forth. Understanding this process is critical for the modelling and control of geophysical and industrial flows, in which a non-negligible fraction of the energy is dissipated by turbulence in the immediate vicinity of walls. In this study, we examine the causal interactions of energy-eddies in wall-bounded turbulence by quantifying how the knowledge of the past states of eddies reduces the uncertainty of their future states. The analysis is performed via direct numerical simulation of turbulent channel flows in which time-resolved energy-eddies are isolated at a prescribed scale. Our approach unveils, in a simple manner, that causality of energy-eddies in the buffer and logarithmic layers is similar and independent of the eddy size. We further show an example of how novel flow control and modelling strategies can take advantage of such self-similar causality.

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Deposited By: Hyun Ji Bae
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