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By Arkady Tsinober

This publication is a moment thoroughly revised variation of a casual advent to Turbulence. the most emphasis is on conceptual and not easy elements, actual phenomena, observations, misconceptions and unresolved matters instead of on traditional formalistic facets, types, and so forth. except the most obvious basic significance of turbulent flows such an emphasis is a final result of the view that with no corresponding growth in basic features there's little probability for growth in any functions akin to drag relief, blending, keep an eye on and modeling of turbulence. extra as a rule there's a determined desire for actual basics of the technological strategies during which turbulence performs a vital role.

The conceptual concerns are made dominant during this moment variation. This required to handle in additional element these misconceptions that are the final result of the profound problems of the topic and which commute from one book to a different. a brand new bankruptcy titled Analogies, misconceptions and ailing outlined thoughts was once further besides a few new sections on such issues as ergodicity, Eulerian as opposed to Lagrangian descriptions, on validation of theories, on anomalous scaling and sick posedness of the concept that of inertial diversity, at the Tennekes and Lumlety stability, and arithmetic as opposed to turbulence between others. a lot of those are to a wide volume a outcome of the sequence of lectures introduced within the Imperial collage London in 2007 and 2008 within the body of Marie Curie Chair in primary and Conceptual facets of Turbulent Flows which was once held through the writer through the interval June 1, 2006 – may possibly 31, 2009.

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6. ON PHYSICS OF TURBULENCE The difficulties described above are mostly of a formal/technical nature. There is another difficulty of a more general nature. It is the lack of knowledge about the basic physical processes of turbulence and its generation and origin, and poor understanding of the processes which are already known. For example, the underlying mechanisms of predominant vortex stretching, which is why in turbulent flows vorticity is stretched more than compressed, are (at best) poorly understood and essentially not known.

Nagib dissipative system with an extremely large number of degrees of freedom (most probably) described by the Navier–Stokes equations. Obviously, it is practically useless and absolutely not sufficient to say this or anything similar. 16. Visualizations of the magnitude of (left) the vorticity, ω, and (right) the scalar gradient, G (Gi ≡ ∂θ/∂xi ), in a direct numerical simulation of the Navier–Stokes equations in a cubic box with periodic boundary conditions at Reλ = 58. The statistically stationary state is achieved by adding an appropriate forcing in the RHS of NSE.

In other words, nothing less than a thorough understanding of the [global behaviour of the] system of all their [NSE] solutions would seem to be adequate to elucidate the phenomenon of turbulence (Neumann, 1949). That is in order to understand the dynamics, or the main characteristics of the dynamics, it is necessary to understand a significant portion of the phase flow (see glossary of terms), especially the unstable solutions16 . However, at present (if ever) it is impossible due to very high dimension and complicated structure of the underlying attractors (assumed to exist): one may never be able to realistically determine the fine-scale structure and dynamical details of attractors of even moderate dimension .

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