The existence of a “−1” power-law scaling at low wavenumbers in the longitudinal velocity spectrum of wall-bounded turbulence was explained by multiple mechanisms; however, experimental support has not been uniform across laboratory studies. This letter shows that Heisenberg's eddy viscosity approach can provide a theoretical framework that bridges these multiple mechanisms and explains the elusiveness of the “−1” power law in some experiments. Novel theoretical outcomes are conjectured about the role of intermittency and very-large scale motions in modifying the k−1 scaling.
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|Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
|Published - 13 Dec 2012