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A Philosophical and Historical Journey through Mixing and Fully-developed Turbulence

  • Marie Farge
  • Etienne Guyon
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 373)


Ten years ago, the first Advanced Institute held in Cargèse considered the topic of “Mixing and Disorder” and gathered physicists, mechanicians and chemical engineers to examine common features in the manifestations and applications of mixing. A similar project motivated the organisation of a new Institute in view of recent developments, some of which were induced by the first meeting. Some subjects which were very active at the time of the first meeting, such as hydrodynamic dispersion in porous media (soils, catalytic beds), have since matured enough to be excluded from the new Institute. Other, such as chaotic advection, have emerged. The recent developments emphasize the role of dynamical features, such as coherent vortices, in promoting mixing. We acknowledge modernity of the new treatments of turbulence and mixing, but at the same time we recognize their permanence in philosophy, science and technology from the early times of humanity.


Coherent Structure Vortex Tube Vorticity Field Inertial Range Large Reynolds Number 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie Farge
    • 1
  • Etienne Guyon
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole Normale SupérieureParisFrance

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