Transition to self-similarity of diffusion of tracer in turbulent patch

Strunin, Dmitry V. (2001) Transition to self-similarity of diffusion of tracer in turbulent patch. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 127 (11). pp. 1089-1095. ISSN 0733-9399


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[Abstract]: A mixing of a passive tracer inside a turbulent patch generated by a localized short-time perturbation is studied numerically and analytically. Two kinds of an initial distribution of a tracer are considered: two-layer and continuous with constant gradient. For the turbulent patch shaped as a layer, it is shown that, regardless of details of initial distributions of a turbulent energy and dissipation, a tracer concentration evolves to self-similar regimes as time elapses. Analytical self-similar solutions to turbulent diffusion equations are found for three symmetric shapes of a turbulent patch: layer, cylinder, and sphere. Distributions of the concentration inside a patch are found to be substantially nonuniform, with a typical ratio of a concentration gradient in the middle of a patch to its initial value of about 0.5.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting Author's version which is able to be deposited with the blanket permssion of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-similarity of diffusion; tracer; turbulent patch
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091508 Turbulent Flows
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010301 Numerical Analysis
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9399(2001)127:11(1089)

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