Energy spectra for decaying 2D turbulence in a bounded domain

H.J.H. Clercx, G.J.F. Heijst, van

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New results are presented for the energy spectra of decaying 2D turbulence in a square container with no-slip walls for integral-scale Reynolds numbers up to 20 000. The one-dimensional energy spectra measured close to the walls reveal a k(-5/3) inertial range, instead of a k(-3) direct enstrophy cascade, due to the production of small-scale vorticity near no-slip boundaries. During the intermediate decay stage a k(-3) spectrum starts to emerge and the change in location of the injection scale of small-scale vorticity is explained in terms of an average boundary-layer thickness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-309
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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