Chairing Turbulence Theory at APS Division of Fluid Dynamics – Highlight of the year

All our presenters were present and traveled internationally. DNS is the tool of choice for numerical simulations. Theory emerged from results, and I hope that new relations will guide those making turbulence models today. High-order inertial range scaling exponents in incompressible turbulence using generalized extended self-similarityPresenter: Sualeh Khurshid, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Author: Sualeh Khurshid, …

APS Presentation – Alternative Analytical Solution for Planar Oblique Shock Waves

Abstract: One now famous analytical solution for shock waves was developed by Dr. Theodore Meyer within his Ph.D. dissertation under advisement of Professor Ludwig Prandtl. The original solution relies on analysis via control volume of the equations of motion. This approach has limited future development of analytical solutions for more complex flow-fields. In this presentation, …

APS Presentation – A New Course: Modeling Inhomogeneous Turbulence with a Historic Perspective

Abstract: A new graduate class is developed at the University of Florida called Modeling Inhomogeneous Turbulence with a Historical Perspective. The course covers in-depth concepts of the science and mathematics of turbulence modeling. Major topics of the class include statistics for modeling, the Russian school, law of the wall, chaos, compressible Navier-Stokes equations, mean kinetic …

The prediction of cross-spectra from first mode instability waves within high-speed flow over sharp and blunt cones with plasma actuation

Abstract: Leading edge geometries, such as cones, moving at high-speed undergo intense loading due to the growth of instability waves and turbulent transition. These instability waves are highly spatially coherent. Aerodynamic loading related to instability waves and transition cause large-amplitude vibrations within the underlying structure, which may lead to flight-vehicle failure. We examine the effect …

On Challenges in Turbulent Flow Theory and Experiment

Research in macroscopic classical physics, such as fluid dynamics or aspects of condensed matter physics, continues to confront baffling challenges that are by no means less demanding than those at the post-Newtonian frontiers of physics that have been explored since the beginning of this century. This is so even though the basic equations of macroscopic …

Paul Richard Heinrich Blasius

At Easter 1902 I had sat my final college examination, and was now studying mathematics. This was not simple for me: Although one can see what follows from certain algebraic manipulations, why would this be done? “By mathematics, you are convicted, instead of convinced”, according to the philosopher Schopenhauer. After some time, I realized that, …

Foundations of Turbulence

The mathematical formulation of the problem of homogeneous turbulence is this: Given an infinite body of uniform fluid in which motions conform to the equations and, and given that at some initial instant the velocity of the fluid is a random function of position described by certain probability laws which are independent of position, to …