Emergence of universal scaling in isotropic turbulence. Academic Article uri icon


  • Universal properties of turbulence have been associated traditionally with very high Reynolds numbers, but recent work has shown that the onset of the power laws in derivative statistics occurs at modest microscale Reynolds numbers of the order of 10, with the corresponding exponents being consistent with those for the inertial range structure functions at very high Reynolds numbers. In this paper we use well-resolved direct numerical simulations of homogeneous and isotropic turbulence to establish this result for a range of initial conditions with different forcing mechanisms. We also show that the moments of transverse velocity gradients possess larger scaling exponents than those of the longitudinal moments, confirming past results that the former are more intermittent than the latter.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev E

altmetric score

  • 4.05

author list (cited authors)

  • Khurshid, S., Donzis, D. A., & Sreenivasan, K. R.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Khurshid, Sualeh||Donzis, Diego A||Sreenivasan, Katepalli R

publication date

  • April 2023