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Title: The mean logarithm emerges with self-similar energy balance.

Abstract

The attached eddy hypothesis of Townsend (The Structure of Turbulent Shear Flow, 1956, Cambridge University Press) states that the logarithmic mean velocity admits self-similar energy-containing eddies which scale with the distance from the wall. Over the past decade, there has been a significant amount of evidence supporting the hypothesis, placing it to be the central platform for the statistical description of the general organisation of coherent structures in wall-bounded turbulent shear flows. Nevertheless, the most fundamental question, namely why the hypothesis has to be true, has remained unanswered over many decades. Under the assumption that the integral length scale is proportional to the distance from the wall y , in the present study we analytically demonstrate that the mean velocity is a logarithmic function of y if and only if the energy balance at the integral length scale is self-similar with respect to y , providing a theoretical basis for the attached eddy hypothesis. The analysis is subsequently verified with the data from a direct numerical simulation of incompressible channel flow at the friction Reynolds number Reτ≃5200 (Lee & Moser, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 774, 2015, pp. 395–415).

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Imperial College, London (United Kingdom)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1671808
Report Number(s):
SAND2020-9115J
Journal ID: ISSN 0022-1120; 690287
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 903; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-1120
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

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Hwang, Yongyun, and Lee, Myoungkyu. The mean logarithm emerges with self-similar energy balance.. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.730.
Hwang, Yongyun, & Lee, Myoungkyu. The mean logarithm emerges with self-similar energy balance.. United States. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.730
Hwang, Yongyun, and Lee, Myoungkyu. Thu . "The mean logarithm emerges with self-similar energy balance.". United States. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.730.
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