Nonlocal modulation of the energy cascade in broadband-forced turbulence

A.K. Kuczaj, B.J. Geurts, W.D. McComb

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Classically, large-scale forced turbulence is characterized by a transfer of energy from large to small scales via nonlinear interactions. We have investigated the changes in this energy transfer process in broadband forced turbulence where an additional perturbation of flow at smaller scales is introduced. The modulation of the energy dynamics via the introduction of forcing at smaller scales occurs not only in the forced region but also in a broad range of length scales outside the forced bands due to nonlocal triad interactions. Broadband forcing changes the energy distribution and energy transfer function in a characteristic manner leading to a significant modulation of the turbulence. We studied the changes in this transfer of energy when changing the strength and location of the small-scale forcing support. The energy content in the larger scales was observed to decrease, while the energy transport power for scales in between the large and small scale forcing regions was enhanced. This was investigated further in terms of the detailed transfer function between the triad contributions and observing the long-time statistics of the flow. The energy is transferred toward smaller scales not only by wave numbers of similar size as in the case of large-scale forced turbulence, but by a much wider extent of scales that can be externally controlled
Original languageEnglish
Article number16306
Pages (from-to)16306-1/13
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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