Reynolds Number Dependence of Streamwise Velocity Spectra in Turbulent Pipe Flow

J. F. Morrison, W. Jiang, B. J. McKeon, A. J. Smits

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Spectra of the streamwise velocity component in fully developed turbulent pipe flow are presented for Reynolds numbers up to [Formula presented]. Even at the highest Reynolds number, streamwise velocity spectra exhibit incomplete similarity only: while spectra collapse with both classical inner and outer scaling for limited ranges of wave number, these ranges do not overlap. Thus similarity may not be described as complete, and a region varying with the inverse of the streamwise wave number, [Formula presented], is not expected, and any apparent [Formula presented] range does not attract any special significance and does not involve a universal constant. Reasons for this are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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