This experimental study of quasi-two-dimensional grid turbulence in gravity-driven soap-film flow focuses on the differences between the behavior of the flow and the theoretical picture of two-dimensional turbulence. A previously unattainable quality of velocity field acquisition facilitates simultaneous measurement of velocity field features in the scale range spanning over two orders of magnitude. The highly-resolved flow field data are analyzed statistically in terms of velocity structure functions, as well as energy and enstrophy averages at different downstream positions. We find the rate of decay of these averages to be quantifiably greater than the predictions of the two-dimensional turbulence theory. This increased decay is likely to be the manifestation of the extra dissipation mechanism present in soap-film flows and prominent on the larger scales—air drag. The structure function analysis confirms the notion.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 17, 2007
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