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Temperature fluctuations induced by turbulent dissipation

Temperature fluctuations induced by turbulent dissipation

In practically every fluid flow, kinetic energy is converted into heat through viscous friction. In a turbulent flow this heat is generated in an inhomogeneous way and the temperature distribution in the fluid will thus not be uniform. In the present talk, we will investigate these temperature fluctuations in isotropic turbulence. It is shown by numerical simulations and theory how these fluctuations interact with the turbulent flow that generated them. The intermittent nature of the dissipation rate fluctuations is shown to play a fundamental role in the physics of viscous heating.



Pushkarev A, Balarac G, Bos WJT. Reynolds and Prandtl number scaling of viscous heating in isotropic turbulence. Phys. Rev. Fluids. 2017;2:084606.


Bos WJT, Chahine R, Pushkarev A. On the scaling of temperature fluctuations induced by frictional heating. Phys. Fluids. 2015;27:095105.


Bos WJT. The temperature spectrum generated by frictional heating in isotropic turbulence. J. Fluid Mech.. 2014;746:85–98.