Local dissipation scales are a manifestation of the intermittent small-scale nature of turbulence. We report the first experimental evaluation of the distribution of local dissipation scales in turbulent pipe flows for a range of Reynolds numbers: 2.4×104≤ReD≤7.0×104. Our measurements at the nearly isotropic pipe center line and within the anisotropic logarithmic layer show excellent agreement with distributions that were previously calculated from numerical simulations of homogeneous isotropic box turbulence and with those predicted by theory. The reported results suggest a universality of the smallest-scale fluctuations around the classical Kolmogorov dissipation length.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|State||Published - Jun 29 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)