A molecular dynamics simulation of the turbulent Couette minimal flow unit

  title={A molecular dynamics simulation of the turbulent Couette minimal flow unit},
  author={E. R. Smith},
  journal={Physics of Fluids},
  • E. R. Smith
  • Published 4 August 2015
  • Physics
  • Physics of Fluids
A molecular dynamics simulation of planar Couette flow is presented for the minimal channel in which turbulence structures can be sustained. Evolution over a single breakdown and regeneration cycle is compared to computational fluid dynamics simulations. Qualitative similar structures are observed and turbulent statistics show excellent quantitative agreement. The molecular scale law of the wall is presented in which stick-slip molecular wall-fluid interactions replace the no-slip conditions… 

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