A method is devised to simulate the movement and spreading of a patch of contaminant in two-dimensional turbulent flow. The turbulent motion is exponentially divided into components of differing wave number, adjacent components being made to have correlation times differing by a factor of two. The turbulent motion is then reconstructed by replacing each component with a sinusoidal advection field having a randomly directed wave number. Contaminant particles are advected by each of the reconstructed components, the smallest scale components being applied first. A computer simulation was performed, using a Kolmogorov k- 5 3 turbulent energy spectrum. Batchelor's s ? t 3 2 law for the spreading of a contaminant patch was reproduced, approximately, as was Richardson's non-Gaussian asymptotic form of the distance-neighbour function. © 1985.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Applied Mathematical Modelling|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1985|
- turbulent flow