Turbulence and Coherent Structures

Selected Papers from “Turbulence 89: Organized Structures and Turbulence in Fluid Mechanics”, Grenoble, 18–21 September 1989

  • O. Metais
  • M. Lesieur

Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Remarks on Turbulence Theory

    1. Jacques-Louis Lions
      Pages 1-13
  3. Hydrodynamic visualization of organized structures and turbulences in boundary layers, wakes, jets or propeller flows

  4. Free Shear Flows

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. D. J. Carruthers, J. C. H. Fung, J. C. R. Hunt, R. J. Perkins
      Pages 29-44
    3. Pierre Comte, Yves Fouillet, Marc-André Gonze, Marcel Lesieur, Olivier Metais, Xavier Normand
      Pages 45-73
    4. Joël Delville, Stéphane Bellin, Jean Paul Bonnet
      Pages 75-90
    5. R. Riva, G. Binder, S. Tardu, M. Favre-Marinet
      Pages 113-124
    6. H. M. Tsai, D. C. Leslie, P. R. Voke
      Pages 125-138
  5. Boundary Layers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
  6. Fundamentals

  7. Chaos and Instability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225

About this book


In the last 25 years, one of the most striking advances in Fluid Mecha­ nics was certainly the discovery of coherent structures in turbulence: lab­ oratory experiments and numerical simulations have shown that most turbulent flows exhibit both spatially-organized large-scale structures and disorganized motions, generally at smaller scales. The develop­ ment of new measurement and visualization techniques have allowed a more precise characterization and investigation of these structures in the laboratory. Thanks to the unprecedented increase of computer power and to the development of efficient interactive three-dimensional colour graphics, computational fluid dynamicists can explore the still myste­ rious world of turbulence. However, many problems remain unsolved concerning the origin of these structures, their dynamics, and their in­ teraction with the disorganized motions. In this book will be found the latest results of experimentalists, theoreticians and numerical modellers interested in these topics. These coherent structures may appear on airplane wings or slender bodies, mixing layers, jets, wakes or boundary-layers. In free-shear flows and in boundary layers, the results presented here highlight the intense three-dimensional character of the vortices. The two-dimensional large­ scale eddies are very sensitive to three-dimensional perturbations, whose amplification leads to the formation of three-dimensional coherent vorti­ cal structures, such as streamwise, hairpin or horseshoe vortex filaments. This book focuses on modern aspects of turbulence study. Relations between turbulence theory and optimal control theory in mathematics are discussed. This may have important applications with regard to, e. g. , numerical weather forecasting.


Wavelet chaos layers simulation stability visualization

Editors and affiliations

  • O. Metais
    • 1
  • M. Lesieur
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Mecanique de GrenobleGrenoble CedexFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-7904-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4063-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7904-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0926-5112
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