Vortex identification in turbulent flows: Isotropic, sphere wake

P. Chakraborty, S. Balachandar, R. J. Adrian

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Vortices, the regions of swirling coherent motion of fluid, are of fundamental importance in understanding the dynamics of turbulent flows. Recent advances in computational and experimental resources have resulted in massive volumes of highly resolved flow field data. Identification of coherent vortex structures from these space-time discretized flow dataset is the key issue of vortex identification. We consider identification schemes based on pointwise analysis of the velocity gradient tensor. A new measure of the local spatial coherence in a vortex is introduced. Different criteria are compared for two classes of turbulent flows: Isotropic and sphere wake. Remarkably similar vortex structures are observed using the Q, λ2 and swirling strength criterion. An explanation based on swirling strength and the proposed local coherence measure is offered for this observation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1, part B, Forums
EditorsA. Ogut, Y. Tsuji, M. Kawahashi
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0791836967, 9780791836965
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event4th ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2003Jul 10 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
Volume1 B


Other4th ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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