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Turbulent Scalar Transport Using Two-Point Statistical Closure Theory , Robert Charles Sanderson Jan 1995

Turbulent Scalar Transport Using Two-Point Statistical Closure Theory , Robert Charles Sanderson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The turbulent transport of a passive scalar (Corrsin's problem with diffusion) and of an active scalar in stably stratified fluids is studied using linear analysis (rapid distortion theory or RDT), Kraichnan's direct interaction approximation (DIA) and direct numerical simulation (DNS). The results are compared with each other and with laboratory experiments. The numerical results compare favorably with the experiments of Sirivat and Warhaft, Budwig, Tavoularis and Corrsin and Stillinger and Itsweire of van Atta's group. The RDT study reveals that much of the qualitative behavior observed in experiments, such as the tendency for the system to evolve ...