RAP Yan Yang published a paper in Journal of Fluid Mechanics on turbulent energy distribution of compressible MHD



Congratulation!  Our RAP Yan Yang published a paper “Energy Budget in Decaying Compressible MHD Turbulence” in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

We study the decay of compressible magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence, emphasizing exchanges of energy between compressive and incompressive kinetic energies, magnetic energy, and thermal energy. A recently developed high order finite difference code is employed for compressible runs with a Mach number up to 2. Varying the nature of the initial conditions (magnitudes of velocity and magnetic fluctuations), and initial Mach numbers permits examination of various dynamical regimes characterized here by the changes between different energy reservoirs. Acoustic waves are responsible for the oscillatory exchange between compressive kinetic and thermal energy through the pressure dilatation term. The results indicate that exchange between kinetic and magnetic energy is dominated by interactions involving the solenoidal velocity. Several systematic rapid adjustments are found to be reproducible with simple scalings derived from the empirical data.


[1] Yan Yang, Minping Wan, William H. Matthaeus, and Shiyi Chen. “Energy Budget in Decaying Compressible MHD Turbulence.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2021) 916, A4.