Turbulence modification by periodically modulated scale-depending forcing

A.K. Kuczaj, B.J. Geurts, D. Lohse, W. van de Water

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The response of turbulent flow to time-modulated forcing is studied by direct numerical simulation of the Navier-Stokes equations. The forcing is modulated via periodic energy input variations at a frequency $\omega$. Such forcing of the large-scales is shown to yield a response maximum at frequencies in the range of the inverse of the large-eddy turnover time. Time-modulated broad-band forcing is also studied in which a wide spectrum of length-scales is forced simultaneously. If smaller length-scales are explicitly agitated by the forcing, the response maximum is found to occur at higher frequencies and to become less pronounced. In case the forced spectrum is sufficiently wide, a response maximum was not observed. At sufficiently high frequencies the amplitude of the kinetic energy response decreases as $1/ \omega$, consistent with theoretical predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventConference on Turbulence and Interactions, Porquerolles, France: Proceedings on the Conference on Turbulence and Interactions -
Duration: 29 May 20062 Jun 2006


ConferenceConference on Turbulence and Interactions, Porquerolles, France


  • EWI-7521
  • IR-63572
  • METIS-236805


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