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Composition of resolvents enhanced by random sweeping for large-scale structures in turbulent channel flows

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 February 2023

Ting Wu
The State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, PR China School of Engineering Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, PR China
Guowei He*
The State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, PR China School of Engineering Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, PR China
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Composite sweeping-enhanced resolvents, referred to as the ${\boldsymbol {R}}_s^2$ model, are proposed to predict the space–time statistics of large-scale structures in turbulent channel flows. This model incorporates two key mechanisms: (i) eddy damping is introduced to represent random sweeping decorrelation caused by nonlinear forcing, leading to a sweeping-enhanced resolvent ${{\boldsymbol {R}}_s}$; and (ii) the sweeping-enhanced resolvent ${{\boldsymbol {R}}_s}$ is composited into its iterations ${\boldsymbol {R}}_s^2$ to yield non-zero Taylor time microscales. The resulting ${\boldsymbol {R}}_s^2$ model can correctly predict the frequency spectra and two-point cross-spectra of large-scale structures. This model is compared numerically with eddy-viscosity-enhanced resolvent models. The latter are designed to represent energy transfer instead for time decorrelation, and thus underpredict the characteristic decay time scales. The ${\boldsymbol {R}}_s^2$ model correctly yields the characteristic decay time scales in turbulent channel flows.

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