A glimpse of fluid turbulence from the molecular scale

Teruhisa S. Komatsu, Shigenori Matsumoto, Takashi Shimada, Nobuyasu Ito

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Large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of freely decaying turbulence in three-dimensional space are reported. Fluid components are defined from the microscopic states by eliminating thermal components from the coarse-grained fields. The energy spectrum of the fluid components is observed to scale reasonably well according to Kolmogorov scaling determined from the energy dissipation rate and the viscosity of the fluid, even though the Kolmogorov length is of the order of the molecular scale. © 2014 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1450034
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics C
Issue number08
StatePublished - Aug 6 2014
Externally publishedYes


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