Journal of Fluid Mechanics


Lagrangian stochastic models for turbulent relative dispersion based on particle pair rotation


a1 ISAC-CNR, via Gobetti 101, I-40129 Bologna, Italy


The physical picture of a fluid particle pair as a couple of material points rotating around their centre of mass is proposed to model turbulent relative dispersion in the inertial range. This scheme is used to constrain the non-uniqueness problem associated to the Lagrangian models in the well-mixed class and the properties of the stochastic process derived are analysed with respect to some turbulent velocity characteristics. A simple illustrative Markov model is developed in stationary homogeneous isotropic turbulence and the particle separation statistics are compared with direct numerical simulation data. In spite of the simplicity of the model, a consistent comparison is observed in the inertial range, supporting the formulation proposed.

(Received May 02 2006)

(Revised August 08 2008)


p1 Present address: ENEA, Via Martiri di Monte Sole 4, I-40129 Bologna, Italy.