Time correlations of pressure in isotropic turbulence
Journal article, 2008

The time correlations of pressure modes in stationary isotropic turbulence are investigated under the Kraichnan and Tennekes “random sweeping” hypothesis. A simple model is obtained which predicts a universal form for the time correlations. It implies that the decorrelation process of pressure fluctuations in time is mainly dominated by the sweeping velocity, and the pressure correlations have the same decorrelation time scales as the velocity correlations. These results are verified using direct numerical simulations of isotropic turbulence at two moderate Reynolds numbers; the mode correlations collapse to the universal form when the time separations are scaled by wavenumber times the sweeping velocity, and the ratios of the correlation coefficients of pressure modes to those of velocity modes are approximately unity for the entire range of time separation.


Huadong Yao

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics

Guo-Wei He

Meng Wang

Xing Zhang

Physics of Fluids

1070-6631 (ISSN) 1089-7666 (eISSN)

Vol. 20 025105

Subject Categories

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics

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