Passive front propagation in intense turbulence: early transient and late statistically stationary stages of the front area evolution
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

The influence of statistically stationary, homogeneous isotropic turbulence (i) on the mean area of a passive front propagating in a constant-density fluid and, hence, (ii) on the mean fluid consumption velocity uT is explored, particularly in the case of an asymptotically high turbulent Reynolds number, and an asymptotically high ratio of the Kolmogorov velocity to a constant speed u0 of the front. First, a short early transient stage is analyzed by assuming that the front remains close to a material surface that coincides with the front at the initial instant. Therefore, similarly to a material surface, the front area grows exponentially with time. This stage, whose duration is much less than an integral time scale of the turbulent flow, is argued to come to an end once the volume of fluid consumed by the front is equal to the volume embraced due to the turbulent dispersion of the front. The mean fluid consumption velocity averaged over this stage is shown to be proportional to the rms turbulent velocity u′. Second, a late statistically stationary regime of the front evolution is studied. A new length scale characterizing the smallest wrinkles of the front surface is introduced. Since this length scale is smaller than the Kolmogorov length scale ηK under conditions of the present study, the front is hypothesized to be a bifractal with two different fractal dimensions for wrinkles larger and smaller than ηK. Finally, a simple scaling of uT∝u′ is obtained for this late stage as well.

self-propagating front

front area

turbulent consumption velocity



Vladimir Sabelnikov

ONERA Centre de Palaiseau

Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI)

Andrei Lipatnikov

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Förbränning och framdrivningssystem


1996-1073 (ISSN) 19961073 (eISSN)

Vol. 14 16 5102


Grundläggande vetenskaper


Strömningsmekanik och akustik



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