We study the statistics of free surface turbulence at large Reynolds numbers produced by direct numerical simulations in a fluid layer at different thicknesses with fixed characteristic forcing scale. We observe the production of a transient inverse cascade, with a duration which depends on the thickness of the layer, followed by a transition to three-dimensional turbulence initially produced close to the bottom, no-slip boundary. By switching off the forcing, we study the decaying turbulent regime and we find that it cannot be described by an exponential law. Our results show that boundary conditions play a fundamental role in the nature of turbulence produced in thin layers and give limits on the conditions to produce a two-dimensional phenomenology.

Transient inverse energy cascade in free surface turbulence

A. Mazzino;
2023-01-01

Abstract

We study the statistics of free surface turbulence at large Reynolds numbers produced by direct numerical simulations in a fluid layer at different thicknesses with fixed characteristic forcing scale. We observe the production of a transient inverse cascade, with a duration which depends on the thickness of the layer, followed by a transition to three-dimensional turbulence initially produced close to the bottom, no-slip boundary. By switching off the forcing, we study the decaying turbulent regime and we find that it cannot be described by an exponential law. Our results show that boundary conditions play a fundamental role in the nature of turbulence produced in thin layers and give limits on the conditions to produce a two-dimensional phenomenology.
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Descrizione: Transient inverse energy cascade in free surface turbulence G. Boffetta, S. Musacchio, A. Mazzino, and M. E. Rosti Phys. Rev. Fluids 8, 034601 – Published 7 March 2023 https://journals.aps.org/prfluids/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.8.034601
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