Asymptotic behavior of curvature of surface elements in isotropic turbulence Academic Article uri icon


  • The asymptotic behavior of the curvature of material elements in turbulence is investigated using Lagrangian velocity-gradient time series obtained from direct numerical simulations of isotropic turbulence. Several material-element ensembles of different initial curvatures and shapes are studied. It is found that, at long times, the (first five) moments of the logarithm of characteristic curvature (C) and shape factor (S) asymptote to values that are independent of the initial curvature or shape. This evidence strongly suggests that the asymptotic pdf's of the curvature and shape of material elements are stationary and independent of initial conditions. Irrespective of initial curvature or shape, the asymptotic shape of a material surface is cylindrical with a high probability. © 1991 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Girimaji, S. S.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • July 1991