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# Estimating the Energy Dissipation Rate

## Appendix 2.F Supplementary Tables

### 3.2.3 Estimating the Energy Dissipation Rate

of the velocity covariance tensor Rijkl(r) =

*∂ui(x, t)

∂xk

∂uj(x, t)

∂xl

+

=−lim

r→0rkrlRij(r). (3.7) Since the local and instantaneous energy dissipation rate (cf. Eq. (3.11)) is defined in terms of the strain rate tensor Sik = (∂ui(x, t)/∂xk+∂uk(x, t)/∂xi)/2, the mean energy dissipation rate can be directly related to contractions of the velocity gradient covariance tensor. Note that in a turbulent flow with zero-mean velocity, the strain rate tensor Sik equals the fluctuation strain rate tensor sik.

The two-point velocity covariance tensor can be expressed in Fourier space through the spectral energy tensor 

Φij(κ) = 1 (2π)3

Z Z Z +∞

−∞ Rij(r)eiκ·rdr, (3.8)

whereκ is the wave vector. For SHI turbulence, Φij(κ) takes the form Φij(κ) = E(κ)

4πκ2

δijκiκj

κ2

(3.9)

whereE(κ) is the energy spectrum function.

Since access to the full energy spectrum function is not always available, one- dimensional spectra are of interest, too. The mean energy dissipation rate can be estimated from the inertial range scaling of the longitudinal one-dimensional spectrum (as shown in Eq. (3.17)), which can be calculated by both the energy spectrum function

and the velocity covariance tensor 

E11(κ1) = Z

κ1

E(κ)

κ 1− κ21 κ2

!

dκ= 1 π

Z

−∞R11(e1r1)e1r1dr1, (3.10) with the wavenumber κ1 corresponding to the e1-direction and R11(0) = ⟨u′2⟩ =

R

0 E11(κ1)dκ1.

This concludes the second-order statistics in terms of the velocity that we consider in the following to determine the mean energy dissipation rate.

rangeDissipationestimate(Eq.)symboldefinitionassumptiondissipativesub-rangeinstantaneous(3.11)ϵ02ν(sijsij)(local)volumeaverage(3.12)⟨ϵ(x,t)⟩R 34πR3 RRRV

x1 2 SHI2nd-orderSF(dissipationrange) ϵD215νDLL(r)/r 2SHI,rηKzero-crossings ϵ+15π 2νu 21N 2LSHIinertialsub-range4/5law ((3.15),n=3)ϵI3−5/4DLLL(r)/rSHI,K412nd-orderSF(inertialrange)((3.15),n=2)ϵI2(DLL(r)/C2) 3/2/rSHI,K41spectral(3.17)ϵS κ 5/31E11(κ1) 18/55CK 3/2SHI,K41 cutofffilter ϵC 23 2u2C

18/55CK κ 2/31,lowκ 2/31,up 3/2SHI,K41 energyinjectionscalescalingargument(3.18)ϵLCϵσ 3u1 /L11SHI(global)mean(3.13)⟨ϵ⟩limR→∞ϵ0(x,t)⟩RSHI

Table3.1Variousdefinitionsoftheenergydissipationratefromthedissipativeandinertialsub-rangetotheenergyinjectionrange.Here,thedefinitionsforvariousdissipationestimatesaregiveninthespaceorwavenumberdomainwhereνistheviscosity,sijisthevelocityfluctuationstrainratetensor,RistheradiusoftheaveragingvolumeV(R)(windowsizefor1Ddata),u 1(x)isthelongitudinalvelocityfluctuationfieldalongx1,DL...(r)isthenth-orderlongitudinalstructurefunctionfordistancer,⟨u 21⟩isthevarianceofu 1(x),σu1 isthestandarddeviationofu 1(x),NListhenumberofzerocrossingsofavelocityfluctuationsignalperunitlength, C2≈2,E11(κ1)istheone-dimensionalenergyspectrumwithwavenumberκ1,CK≈1.5,u 2Cisthevarianceofaband-passfilteredsignalforwavenumbersk∈[klow,kup],Cϵisthedissipationconstant,L11isthelongitudinalintegralscale,andηKistheKolmogorovlengthscale.Dissipationestimatesindicatedwith arenotconsideredindetailinthiswork.Theassumptionsofstationarity(S),homogeneity(H),localisotropy(I)andKolmogorov’ssecondsimilarityhypothesisfrom1941(K41)arerepresentedbytheirindividualabbreviations.Referencesaregiveninthecorrespondingsectionsinthemaintext.

Dissipative sub-range

Proceeding from the Navier-Stokes equations for an incompressible, Newtonian fluid, the instantaneous energy dissipation rate is given by [e.g. 5, 42]

ϵ0(x, t) = 2ν(SijSij) . (3.11) The contribution of the fluctuating part to the energy dissipation is much larger than the contribution of the mean flow in the case of high-Re turbulent flows [5, 138]. Hence, the instantaneous energy dissipation rate can be defined in terms of the velocity fluctuations only  where, in Eq. (3.11) and Table 3.1,Sij is replaced by the fluctuation strain rate tensor sij = (∂ui(x, t)/∂xj +∂uj(x, t)/∂xi)/2.

Averaged over a sphere with radiusR and volumeV(R), the (local) volume average of the instantaneous energy dissipation rate is 

ϵ0(x, t)⟩R= 3 4πR3

ZZ Z

V(R)ϵ0(x+r, t)dr. (3.12) The local volume averageϵR(x, t) converges to the global mean energy dissipation rate if R tends to infinity:

ϵ⟩= lim

R→∞ϵ0(x, t)⟩R =−ν lim

|r|→0r2jRii(r, t), (3.13)

where the right-hand-side follows from partial integration. In experiments, it is often not possible to measure ϵ0(x, t). Under the assumption of statistically homogeneous and isotropic turbulence, the volume/time averaged energy dissipation rate are typically inferred from one-dimensional surrogates [136, 138, 140, 143, 163, 164, among others], such as:

ϵG=−15ν lim

|r|→02r1R11(r, t) = 15ν

* ∂u1(x, t)

∂x1

!2+

= 15ν U2

* ∂u1(t)

∂t

!2+

, (3.14) where the mapping between space and time domains is possible by applying the Taylor’s hypothesis if σu

1/U ≪1 [131, 140]. The relationship shown in Eq. (3.14) is often called the “direct” method in the literature [131, 140, e.g.]. The deviation of ϵG from its global mean ⟨ϵ⟩depends quadratically on the turbulence intensity [131, 137, 162, 163].

Inertial sub-range: indirect estimate of energy dissipation rate

Kolmogorov’s second similarity hypothesis from 1941  provides another method for estimating the energy dissipation rate in the inertial range. Based on the inertial range scaling of the nth-order longitudinal structure function, the mean energy dissipation

rate can be calculated by 

DL...L(r) = Cn(ϵInr)ζnϵIn = DL...L(r) Cn

!1n 1

r , (3.15)

where Cn is a constant, e.g. C2 ≈2 , and ζn=n/3 according to K41 by dimensional analysis. In practice, ϵI2 (Table 3.1) is retrieved either by fitting a constant to the compensated longitudinal second-order structure functionDLL(r), n = 2 in Eq. (3.15), or a power law (∝r2/3) to the inertial range ofDLL, Eq. (3.6), if the inertial range is pronounced over at least a decade. Accounting for intermittency, the scaling exponent of the nth-order structure function is modified to ζn = n3[1− 16µ(n−3)] where µ is the internal intermittency exponent . The inertial range is bounded by the energy injection scale L at large scales and by the dissipation range at small scales. That is why the fit-range has to be chosen such that ηKrL. If the inertial range is not sufficiently pronounced, the extended self similarity can be used to extend the inertial range [165, 166]. Otherwise,ϵI2 can also be approximated by the maximum of Eq. (3.15) (for n= 2) within the same range as before. This is possible because the maximum lies on the plateau in case of a perfect K41 inertial range scaling.

In the inertial range, the transverse second-order structure functionDN N(r) is equal to 4DLL(r)/3 in a coordinate system where r =re1 is parallel to the longitudinal flow direction  highlighting the importance of the measurement direction.

Inertial sub-range: spectral method

According to K41 , the inertial subrange of the energy spectrum function scales as E(κ) ∝ ⟨ϵ2/3κ−5/3 with the wavenumber κ by dimensional analysis. In isotropic turbulence, the energy spectrum function can be converted into a one-dimensional energy spectrumE11(κ1) (Eq. (3.10)). The wavenumber space is not directly accessible from time-resolved point-like velocity measurements. Given the validity of Taylor’s hypothesis, the one-dimensional energy spectrum E11(κ1) transforms to the frequency domain withF11(f) = 2πE11(κ1)/U where κ1 = 2πf /U [e.g. 137, 167] yielding:

F11(f) = 18/55CK

U 2πϵS

2/3

f−5/3, (3.16)

which yields

ϵS = 2π U

f5/3F11(f) 18/55CK

!3/2

, (3.17)

with the one-dimensional Kolmogorov constant CK = 1.5 [5, 168]. Applying Taylor’s hypothesis to a flow with a randomly sweeping mean velocity causes the Kolmogorov constant to be systematically overestimated whereas the scaling of power-law spectra remains unaffected [158, 169]. Hence, Eq. (3.17) is still valid for a randomly sweeping

mean velocity although ϵS is overestimated ifCK is not corrected for random sweeping.

F11 has the units of a power spectral density m2/s and ⟨u′21⟩ = R0F11(f)df.

Depending on the Fourier transform convention, the prefactor of CK might vary [41, e.g.]. Under the assumption of Kolmogorov scaling in the inertial sub-range, this identity can be adopted to estimate the mean energy dissipation rate from low and moderate resolution velocity measurements of a finite averaging window [87, 140, 142, 170].

Energy injection scale

In equilibrium turbulence, the rate at which turbulent kinetic energy is transported across eddies of a given size is constant in the inertial range assuming high enough Reynolds numbers [e.g. 171]. By dimensional argument, this rate is proportional to u3(l)/l, whereu(l) is the characteristic velocity scale of eddies of length l. Considering the integral scale L11 and its characteristic velocity scale u(L11), namely the RMS velocity fluctuationσu1, the mean energy dissipation rate can be calculated by 

ϵL =Cϵ

σu3

1

L11

, (3.18)

where Cϵ is the dissipation constant and for time- and space-varying turbulence, it depends on both initial as well as boundary conditions and the large-scale structure of the flow [47, 145, 172, 173]. Cϵ is found to be about 0.5 for shear turbulence [47, 174] and 1.0 [172, 175] (or 0.73 Sreenivasan ) for grid turbulence. In this work Cϵ

is assumed to be 0.5 which holds approximately in a variety of flows [54, 168, and references therein].

Usually, the longitudinal integral length scale L11 is defined as 

L11= limr→∞Z r

0 drf(r) = πE11(0)

2⟨u′21, (3.19) However, due to experimental limitations,r is often given by the first zero-crossing of f(r) in both laboratory and in situ measurements [54, e.g.], or, alternatively, by the position where f(r) = 1/e [176, 177]. Griffin et al.  carried out an integration for r → ∞ performing an exponential fit in the vicinity of f(r) = 1/e. Notably, E11(0) =R0dκE(κ) so that the estimation of L11 from the power spectrum is only recommended if E(κ) = 12κ3 ddκ1κdEdκ11(κ)  is accurately determined like in DNS.

This approach not only requires a fully resolved velocity measurement but also a well converged E11(κ1) as the conversion is highly sensitive to statistical scatter.

Ultimately, the choice ofL11 strongly affects ϵL. In this work, we integrate f(r) to the first zero-crossing because it does not depend on assumptions on the decay of f(r) and the choice of the fit-range.

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