Experimental investigation of pair dispersion with small initial separation in convective turbulent flows

Rui Ni, Ke Qing Xia

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Abstract

We report an experimental investigation of pair dispersions in turbulent thermal convection with initial separation r0 ranging from sub-Kolmogorov scale to scales in the inertial range. In the dissipative range of scales we observed the exponential growth of the separation between a pair of particles predicted by Batchelor and obtained a Batchelor constant 0.23±0.07. For large r0, it is found that, for almost all time ranges, both the mean-square separation and distance neighbor function exhibit the forms predicted by Batchelor, whereas the two quantities agree with Richardson's predictions for small r0. Moreover, the measured value of the Richardson constant g=0.10±0.07, which is smaller than those found in other turbulence systems. We also demonstrate the crossover of the mean-square separation from the exponential to the Batchelor regimes in both temporal and spatial scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063006
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume87
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 12 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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