Spectral modeling of rotating turbulent flows

Authors
Baerenzung, J.; Mininni, Pablo Daniel; Pouquet, A.; Politano, H.; Ponty, Y.
Publication Year
2010
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
A subgrid-scale spectral model of rotating turbulent flows is tested against direct numerical simulations (DNSs). The case of Taylor-Green forcing is considered, a configuration that mimics the flow between two counter-rotating disks as often used in the laboratory. Computations are performed for moderate rotation down to Rossby numbers of 0.03, as can be encountered in the Earth's atmosphere. We provide several measures of the degree of anisotropy of the small scales and conclude that an isotropic model may suffice at moderate Rossby number. The model, developed previously [J. Baerenzung, H. Politano, Y. Ponty, and A. Pouquet, "Spectral modeling of turbulent flows and the role of helicity," Phys. Rev. E77, 046303 (2008)], incorporates eddy viscosity and eddy noise that depend dynamically on the index of the energy spectrum. We show that the model reproduces satisfactorily all large-scale properties of the DNS up to Reynolds numbers of ~104 and for long times after the onset of the inverse cascade of energy; it is also shown to behave better than either the Chollet-Lesieur eddy viscosity model [J. P. Chollet and M. Lesieur, "Parametrization of small scales of three-dimensional isotropic turbulence utilizing spectral closures," J. Atmos. Sci.38, 2747 (1981)] or an under-resolved DNS. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
Fil: Baerenzung, J.. National Center for Atmospheric Research; Estados Unidos
Fil: Mininni, Pablo Daniel. National Center for Atmospheric Research; Estados Unidos. Universidad de Buenos Aires; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Oficina de Coordinación Administrativa Ciudad Universitaria. Instituto de Física de Buenos Aires. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Instituto de Física de Buenos Aires; Argentina
Fil: Pouquet, A.. National Center for Atmospheric Research; Estados Unidos
Fil: Politano, H.. Observatoire de la Cote D'azur; Francia
Fil: Ponty, Y.. Observatoire de la Cote D'azur; Francia
Subject
Rotating and swirling flows
Spectral methods
Large-eddy simulations
Astronomía
Ciencias Físicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Open access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/59077