Journal of Fluid Mechanics

One-dimensional shock turbulence in a compressible fluid

Tomomasa  Tatsumi a1 and Hiroshi  Tokunaga a2
a1 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Kyoto, Japan
a2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Industrial Arts, Kyoto Technical University, Japan

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The interactions of weak nonlinear disturbances in a compressible fluid including shocks, expansion waves and contact surfaces are investigated by making use of the reductive perturbation method. It is found that the nonlinear waves belonging to different families of characteristics behave almost independently of each other, while those belonging to the same family are governed by either the Burgers equation or the equation of heat conduction. Thus the statistical properties of one-dimensional shock turbulence in a compressible fluid are reduced to those of the solutions of the Burgers equation. In particular, the law of energy decay of shock turbulence is shown to be identical to that of Burgers turbulence.

(Published Online March 29 2006)
(Received August 31 1973)