Dissipation scale and control of fine-scale turbulence in a plane mixing layer

Yitshak Zohar, H. O. Chih-Ming

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The entrainment of fluids from two streams into the shear region of an incompressible mixing layer is dominated by the evolution of large coherent structures. However, fine-scale mixing of the entrained fluids mainly occurs at the interfaces of the small-scale turbulence. In this investigation, experiments were conducted to understand the properties of the small scales and to explore a method for controlling the population of the fine-scale turbulence. Furthermore, a dissipation scale, ζ, is found from the zero-crossing of the time derivative of the velocity fluctuations. This scale characterizes the most probable size of fine-scale turbulence, which produces most of the viscous dissipation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-161
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Aug 10 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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