Spectral Analysis on Transport Budgets of Turbulent Heat Fluxes in Plane Couette Turbulence

Takuya Kawata, Takahiro Tsukahara

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In recent years, scale-by-scale energy transport in wall turbulence has been intensively studied, and the complex spatial and interscale transfer of turbulent energy has been investigated. As the enhancement of heat transfer is one of the most important aspects of turbulence from an engineering perspective, it is also important to study how turbulent heat fluxes are transported in space and in scale by nonlinear multi-scale interactions in wall turbulence as well as turbulent energy. In the present study, the spectral transport budgets of turbulent heat fluxes are investigated based on direct numerical simulation data of a turbulent plane Couette flow with a passive scalar heat transfer. The transport budgets of spanwise spectra of temperature fluctuation and velocity-temperature correlations are investigated in detail in comparison to those of the corresponding Reynolds stress spectra. The similarity and difference between those scale-by-scale transports are discussed, with a particular focus on the roles of interscale transport and spatial turbulent diffusion. As a result, it is found that the spectral transport of the temperature-related statistics is quite similar to those of the Reynolds stresses, and in particular, the inverse interscale transfer is commonly observed throughout the channel in both transport of the Reynolds shear stress and wall-normal turbulent heat flux.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5258
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul


  • direct numerical simulation
  • multi-scale interaction
  • turbulent energy transport
  • turbulent heat transfer
  • wall-bounded turbulent flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction
  • Fuel Technology
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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