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Determination of the decay exponent in mechanically stirred isotropic turbulence
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Direct numerical simulation is used to investigate the decay exponent of isotropic homogeneous turbulence over a range of Reynolds numbers sufficient to display both high and low Re number decay behavior. The initial turbulence is generated by the stirring action of the flow past many small randomly placed cubes. Stirring occurs at 1/30th of the simulation domain size so that the low-wavenumber and large scale behavior of the turbulent spectrum is generated by the fluid and is not imposed. It is shown that the decay exponent in the resulting turbulence matches the theoretical predictions for a k2 low-wavenumber spectrum at both high and low Reynolds numbers. The transition from high Reynolds number behavior to low Reynolds number behavior occurs relatively abruptly at a turbulentReynolds number of around 250 ().
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