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Title: A Lower Bound on Adiabatic Heating of Compressed Turbulence for Simulation and Model Validation

The energy in turbulent flow can be amplied by compression, when the compression occurs on a timescale shorter than the turbulent dissipation time. This mechanism may play a part in sustaining turbulence in various astrophysical systems, including molecular clouds. The amount of turbulent amplification depends on the net effect of the compressive forcing and turbulent dissipation. By giving an argument for a bound on this dissipation, we give a lower bound for the scaling of the turbulent velocity with compression ratio in compressed turbulence. That is, turbulence undergoing compression will be enhanced at least as much as the bound given here, subject to a set of caveats that will be outlined. Used as a validation check, this lower bound suggests that some models of compressing astrophysical turbulence are too dissipative. As a result, the technique used highlights the relationship between compressed turbulence and decaying turbulence.
Authors:
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  1. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0003764
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 838; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Research Org:
Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; hydrodynamics; ISM: kinematics and dynamics; turbulence
OSTI Identifier:
1420268