The effects of the helicity on the dynamics of turbulent flows are investigated. The aim is to disentangle the role of helicity in fixing the direction, the intensity, and the fluctuations of the energy transfer across the inertial range of scales. We introduce an external parameter α that controls the mismatch between the number of positive and negative helically polarized Fourier modes. We present direct numerical simulations of Navier-Stokes equations from the fully symmetrical case, α=0, to the fully asymmetrical case, α=1, when only helical modes of one sign survive. We found a singular dependency of the direction of the energy cascade on α, measuring a positive forward flux as soon as only a few modes with different helical polarities are present. Small-scale fluctuations are also strongly sensitive to the degree of mode reduction, leading to a vanishing intermittency already for values of α∼0.1. If the analysis is restricted to sets of modes with the same helicity sign, intermittency is vanishing for the modes belonging to the minority set, and it is close to that measured on the original Navier-Stokes equations for the other set.
Sahoo, G., Bonaccorso, F., & Biferale, L. (2015). Role of helicity for large- and small-scale turbulent fluctuations. PHYSICAL REVIEW E, STATISTICAL, NONLINEAR, AND SOFT MATTER PHYSICS, 92(5), 051002 [10.1103/PhysRevE.92.051002].
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Sahoo, G., Bonaccorso, F., & Biferale, L. (2015). Role of helicity for large- and small-scale turbulent fluctuations. PHYSICAL REVIEW E, STATISTICAL, NONLINEAR, AND SOFT MATTER PHYSICS, 92(5), 051002 [10.1103/PhysRevE.92.051002].|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/02 - Fisica Teorica, Modelli e Metodi Matematici|
|Revisione (peer review):||Esperti anonimi|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.92.051002|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Titolo:||Role of helicity for large- and small-scale turbulent fluctuations|
|Autori:||Sahoo, G; Bonaccorso, F; Biferale, L|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|