The Markovian random coupling (MRC) model is a modified form of the stochastic model of the Navier-Stokes equations introduced by Kraichnan (1958, 1961). Instead of constant random coupling coefficients, white-noise time dependence is assumed for the MRC model. Like the Kraichnan model, the MRC model preserves many structural properties of the original Navier-Stokes equations and should be useful for investigating qualitative features of turbulent flows, in particular in the limit of vanishing viscosity. The closure problem is solved exactly for the MRC model by a technique which, contrary to the original Kraichnan derivation, is not based on diagrammatic expansions. A closed equation is obtained for the functional probability distribution of the velocity field which is a special case of Edwards’ (1964) Fokker-Planck equation; this equation is an exact consequence of the stochastic model whereas Edwards’ equation constitutes only the first step in a formal expansion based directly on the Navier-Stokes equations. From the functional equation an exact master equation is derived for simultaneous second-order moments which happens to be essentially a Markovianized version of the single-time quasi-normal approximation characterized by a constant triad-interaction time.
The explicit form of the MRC master equation is given for the Burgers equation and for two- and three-dimensional homogeneous isotropic turbulence.