• Wolfgang KollmannEmail author


The term intermittency is applied to two distinct types of phenomena, externally and internally intermittent flows, [1] Chap. 7.2, Benzi and Biferale [2], Frisch [3], Chap. 8. Townsend [4] and Corrsin [5] observed in experiments on turbulent wakes and jets that turbulence away from the centre of the flow appeared as a random sequence of active bursts and quiescent intervals. Therefore, the flow field contains continuously changing subsets that are turbulent and subsets that are approximately non-turbulent (weakly turbulent), separated by an interface. This phenomenon is called external intermittency.


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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California DavisDavisUSA

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