Volume 84, Number 1, October 2008
Article Number 10011
Number of page(s) 5
Section General
Published online 24 September 2008
EPL, 84 (2008) 10011
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/84/10011

Kolmogorov scaling from random force fields

M. H. Jensen1, K. Sneppen1 and L. Angheluta2

1   Niels Bohr Institute - Blegdamsvej 17, Dk 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark, EU (URL:
2   Center for Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo - Oslo, Norway

received 11 April 2008; accepted in final form 25 August 2008; published October 2008
published online 24 September 2008

We show that the classical Kolmogorov and Richardson scaling laws in fully developed turbulence are consistent with a random Gaussian force field. Numerical simulations of a shell model for turbulence suggest that the fluctuations in the force (acceleration) field are scale independent throughout the inertial regime. We find that Lagrangian statistics of the relative velocity in a turbulent flow is determined by the typical force field, whereas the multiscaling is associated to extreme events in the force field fluctuations.

05.20.Jj - Statistical mechanics of classical fluids.
05.40.-a - Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion.
47.27.-i - Turbulent flows.

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