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Transitions of turbulent superstructures in generalized Kolmogorov flow


Lalescu,  Christian C.
Max Planck Research Group Theory of Turbulent Flows, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Lalescu, C. C., & Wilczek, M. (2021). Transitions of turbulent superstructures in generalized Kolmogorov flow. Physical Review Research, 3(2): L022010. doi:10.1103/PhysRevResearch.3.L022010.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-7DEE-1
Self-organized large-scale flow structures occur in a wide range of turbulent flows. Yet, their emergence, dynamics, and interplay with small-scale turbulence are not well understood. Here, we investigate such self-organized turbulent superstructures in three-dimensional turbulent Kolmogorov flow with large-scale drag. Through extensive simulations, we uncover their low-dimensional dynamics featuring transitions between several stable and metastable large-scale structures as a function of the damping parameter. The main dissipation mechanism for the turbulent superstructures is the generation of small-scale turbulence, whose local structure depends strongly on the large-scale flow. Our results elucidate the generic emergence and low-dimensional dynamics of large-scale flow structures in fully developed turbulence and reveal a strong coupling of large- and small-scale flow features.