Theories of Turbulence

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After each lecture Ed Spiegel transcribed the notes and filled in the details of the derivations that Chandrasekhar had not included, trying to preserve the spirit of his presentation and even adding some of his side remarks.

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The lectures were rather impromptu and the notes as presented here are as they were set down originally in Nobel Laureate Chandrasekhar derived a novel theory of Turbulence in the 's. These notes give a first hand account from Chandrasekhar of the development of this theory.

Mod-01 Lec-33 Introduction to Turbulence

Transcribed by his then student Ed Spiegel, these notes provide a unique insight into the development of this theory. Ed Spiegel is a renowned and highly respected expert in the field of astrophysics, and astrophysical fluid dynamics he coined the term Blazar , and he provides a wonderful introduction describing the course given by Chandrasekhar with some interesting anecdotes from the lectures as well as a short account of how the theory has evolved since Chandrasekhar's unique contributions over half a century ago. The book is structured in 25 chapters plus a prologue and epilogue.

Semi-empirical theories of turbulence

Chandrasekhar are transcribed and filled in with details by Edward Spiegel in the year The scientific historian will enjoy this compilation. We will consider the analogy between cosmic censorship and the absence of naked singularities in gravity, and the smoothness of solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations.

We will discuss the Penrose inequality as an example of a global method in geometry that can be used to study smoothness of fluid flows. We will consider the chiral, mixed chiral-gravitational and the conformal anomalies.

We will show how these anomalies are manifested in hydrodynamics and outline several experimental consequences. On the role of conditional averages in turbulence theory.

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Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics

N2 - It is shown that conditional averages in the form of expected values of functions of the velocity at an arbitrary point given the velocities at a finite number of distinc points, appear naturally in certain types of turbulence theories and that the closure problems in such theories ultimately reduce to the approximation of these averages.

AB - It is shown that conditional averages in the form of expected values of functions of the velocity at an arbitrary point given the velocities at a finite number of distinc points, appear naturally in certain types of turbulence theories and that the closure problems in such theories ultimately reduce to the approximation of these averages.


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Abstract It is shown that conditional averages in the form of expected values of functions of the velocity at an arbitrary point given the velocities at a finite number of distinc points, appear naturally in certain types of turbulence theories and that the closure problems in such theories ultimately reduce to the approximation of these averages. Fingerprint Turbulence. Turbulence models. Probability density function.