Dissipation, enstrophy and pressure statistics in turbulence simulations at high Reynolds numbers Academic Article uri icon


  • We use data from well-resolved direct numerical simulations at Taylor-scale Reynolds numbers from 140 to 1000 to study the statistics of energy dissipation rate and enstrophy density (i.e. the square of local vorticity). Despite substantial variability in each of these variables, their extreme events not only scale in a similar manner but also progressively tend to occur spatially together as the Reynolds number increases. Though they possess non-Gaussian tails of enormous amplitudes, ratios of some characteristic properties can be closely linked to those of isotropic Gaussian random fields. We present results also on statistics of the pressure Laplacian and conditional mean pressure given both dissipation and enstrophy. At low Reynolds number intense negative pressure fluctuations are preferentially associated with rotation-dominated regions but at high Reynolds number both high dissipation and high enstrophy have similar effects. © 2012 Cambridge University Press.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yeung, P. K., Donzis, D. A., & Sreenivasan, K. R.

citation count

  • 80

publication date

  • June 2012