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Inverse cascade of energy in helical turbulence

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 May 2020

Franck Plunian*
Affiliation:
Université Grenoble Alpes, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS, IRD, IFSTTAR, ISTerre,38000Grenoble, France
Andrei Teimurazov
Affiliation:
Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics, Korolyov 1, Perm, 614013, Russia
Rodion Stepanov
Affiliation:
Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics, Korolyov 1, Perm, 614013, Russia
Mahendra Kumar Verma
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur208016, India
*
Email address for correspondence: Franck.Plunian@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

Abstract

Using direct numerical simulation of hydrodynamic turbulence with helicity forcing applied at all scales, a near-maximum helical turbulent state is obtained, with an inverse energy cascade at scales larger than the energy forcing scale and a forward helicity cascade at scales smaller than the energy forcing scale. In contrast to previous studies using decimated triads, our simulations contain all possible triads. By computing the shell-to-shell energy fluxes, we show that the inverse energy cascade results from weakly non-local interactions among homochiral triads. Varying the helicity injection range of scales leads to necessary conditions to obtain an inverse energy cascade.

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JFM Papers
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© The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press

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