Generalization of Turbulent Pair Dispersion to Large Initial Separations

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We present a generalization of turbulent pair dispersion to large initial separations (η<r0<L), by introducing a new time scale, τv0, that reflects the persistence of initial conditions at time τ=0. Results of 3D Lagrangian tracking experiments at moderate Reynolds numbers show that pairs, for which the new time scale is shorter than the eddy turnover time scale, separate as in the Richardson superdiffusive regime, Δr2τ3. The analysis of delay times (time interval to cross Δr=ρr0) of these conditionally sampled pairs exhibit ρ2/5 scaling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number244502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 12 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

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