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The childhood of turbulent spot in shear flows

Abstract : We numerically investigate the temporal aspects of turbulent spot spreading in a plane Couette flow for transitional Reynolds numbers between 300 and 450. We focus our study on the spreading along the streamwise direction and on the shape of turbulent spots. Studying the topology of turbulent spots and the associated large-scale flows, we suggest a decomposition of the streamwise growth rate. On one hand, the quadrupolar large-scale flow heads for the spot along the streamwise direction and act against the growth. The associated growth rate is negative. On the other hand, we also define a positive growth rate associated to inside large-scale flow which enables the convection of the streaks. The sum of these two growth rates is compared to the spot streamwise growth rate and shows good agreement. The resulting shape of the spot is then discussed. A scenario gathering all these elements provides a better understanding of the growth dynamics and of the shape of a turbulent spot in a plane Couette flow. This scenario should be relevant to other shear flows.
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Marie Couliou, R. Monchaux. The childhood of turbulent spot in shear flows. Physical Review Fluids, American Physical Society, 2018. ⟨hal-02507773⟩

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