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Wavenumber-frequency spectra in the logarithmic layer of wall turbulence
Michael Wilczek, Richard J.A.M. Stevens, Charles Meneveau
Session: Large Eddy Simulation 1
Session starts: Thursday 27 August, 10:30
Presentation starts: 11:45
Room: Room E

Michael Wilczek (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)
Richard J.A.M. Stevens (Johns Hopkins University & University of Twente)
Charles Meneveau (Johns Hopkins University)

We study space-time correlations of wall-bounded turbulence in terms of wavenumber-frequency spectra of the streamwise velocity component. The spectra are obtained from Large Eddy Simulations (LES), which provide a full space-time record of the flow. We find that the frequency distributions exhibit a Doppler shift, which is a consequence of mean flow advection, as well as a considerable Doppler broadening, consistent with the Kraichnan-Tennekes random sweeping hypothesis. For wall-bounded turbulence, both of these effects vary with the wall distance and are closely related to the logarithmic behavior of the mean velocity profile and the velocity fluctuation profiles. We incorporate these observations into a simple analytical model for the wavenumber-frequency spectrum based on an advection equation featuring advection of the small-scale velocity fluctuations with a mean and a large-scale random-sweeping velocity. The model is found to be in very good agreement with the LES data. Potential applications of the model spectrum, e.g., to quantify the spatio-temporal structure of fluctuations in wind energy conversion, will be discussed.