The role of very large-scale motions in wall turbulence

EVENT CANCELLED - 4 March 2020 at 12:00, Sala Consiglio, Second Floor, Building B12, Campus Bovisa 

Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali
Via La Masa 34
20156 Milano 

DAER Seminar


Davide Gatti
Intitute of Fluid Mechanics, Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany


Our ability to model and control turbulent flows relies on the present under- standing of the interactions between the wealth of vortical structures with different characteristic length scales that coexist in wall-bounded turbulence. They range from the small-scale eddies populating the near-wall turbulence cycle to very large- scale structures, which are much larger than the near-wall vortices.

In particular, the interaction between these extreme scales has been intensively investigated in the last decades, for being a potential target of drag-reducing con- trol and due to its impact on the anomalous Reynolds-number scaling of even the simplest turbulent statistics.

In the seminar, we will briefly review the present knowledge and introduce some new results regarding the interaction between the very large scale motions and small-scale near-wall turbulence. The phenomena of large-scale superposition and modulation of wall turbulence will be discussed and revisited. We will also comment on the role of turbulent large-scale structures in comparing the global energy budgets of different wall-bounded flows.

Short Bio

Davide Gatti is currently a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the In- stitute of Fluid Mechanics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, where he mainly works in the field of physics of turbulent flows and their control for turbulent drag reduction as well as modelling and simulation of complex fluids. He obtained a master degree in aeronautical engineering at Politenico di Milano in 2011 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 2014.

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