European Turbulence Conference 14

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The three dimensionalities of MHD turbulence

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Flows of electrically conducting fluids in an external magnetic field tend to become 2D. We show experimentally that in channels flows normal to the field and electrically forced through one of the channel walls, the intensity of turbulent fluctuations scales as Re when the flow is quasi-2D, Re^(2/3) when the flow is 3D but strong near both walls, and Re^(1/2) if it is mostly concentrated along one wall only. We also partly confirm the theoretical prediction of [5] that structures of transversal wavelength k_perp become quasi-2D when they exceed a critical size k_perp~Nt^(1/2), where the true interaction parameter Nt represents the ratio of momentum diffusion by the Lorentz force to inertia for the large scales.


Alban Potherat    
Coventry University
United Kingdom

Klein Rico    


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