The Essence of Turbulence as a Physical Phenomenon

With Emphasis on Issues of Paradigmatic Nature

  • Arkady Tsinober

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. The Phenomenon and the Problem of Turbulence

  3. Issues of Paradigmatic Nature I: Origins and Nature of Turbulence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Arkady Tsinober
      Pages 31-35
    3. Arkady Tsinober
      Pages 37-51
  4. Issues of Paradigmatic Nature II: Specific Features

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Arkady Tsinober
      Pages 67-83
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Arkady Tsinober
      Pages 135-141
    3. Arkady Tsinober
      Pages 143-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-169

About this book


This book critically reexamines what turbulence really is, from a fundamental point of view and based on observations from nature, laboratories, and direct numerical simulations. It includes critical assessments and a comparative analysis of the key developments, their evolution and failures, along with key misconceptions and outdated paradigms. The main emphasis is on conceptual and problematic aspects, physical phenomena, observations, misconceptions and unresolved issues rather than on conventional formalistic aspects, models, etc. Apart from the obvious fundamental importance of turbulent flows, this emphasis stems from the basic premise that without corresponding progress in fundamental aspects there is little chance for progress in applications such as drag reduction, mixing, control and modeling of turbulence. More generally, there is also a desperate need to grasp the physical fundamentals of the technological processes in which turbulence plays a central role.


Dynamical properties Mechanisms Physical phenomena Turbulence Turbulent flows

Authors and affiliations

  • Arkady Tsinober
    • 1
  1. 1.Tel Aviv University School of Mechanical EngineeringTel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7179-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7180-2
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