Scalar dissipation rate and dissipative anomaly in isotropic turbulence Academic Article uri icon


  • We examine available data from experiment and recent numerical simulations to explore the supposition that the scalar dissipation rate in turbulence becomes independent of the fluid viscosity when the viscosity is small and of scalar diffusivity when the diffusivity is small. The data are interpreted in the context of semi-empirical spectral theory of Obukhov and Corrsin when the Schmidt number, Sc, is below unity, and of Batchelor's theory when Sc is above unity. Practical limits in terms of the Taylor-microscale Reynolds number, R, as well as Sc, are deduced for scalar dissipation to become sensibly independent of molecular properties. In particular, we show that such an asymptotic state is reached if RSc1/2 1 for Sc < 1, and if ln(Sc)/R 1 for Sc < 1. 2005 Cambridge University Press.

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author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 106

complete list of authors

  • Donzis, DA||Sreenivasan, KR||Yeung, PK

publication date

  • January 1, 2005 11:11 AM