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dc.contributor.authorBlackbourn, Luke Austen Kazimierz
dc.contributor.authorTran, Chuong Van
dc.identifier.citationBlackbourn , L A K & Tran , C V 2012 , ' On energetics and inertial-range scaling laws of two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulence ' Journal of Fluid Mechanics , vol 703 , pp. 238-254 . DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.210en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 20026773
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dc.descriptionL. Blackbourn was supported by an EPSRC post-graduate studentship.en
dc.description.abstractWe study two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, with an emphasis on its energetics and inertial range scaling laws. A detailed spectral analysis shows that dynamo triads (those converting kinetic into magnetic energy) are associated with a direct magnetic energy flux while anti-dynamo triads (those converting magnetic into kinetic energy) are associated with an inverse magnetic energy flux. As both dynamo and anti-dynamo interacting triads are integral parts of the direct energy transfer, the anti-dynamo inverse flux partially neutralizes the dynamo direct flux, arguably resulting in relatively weak direct energy transfer and giving rise to dynamo saturation. This result is consistent with a qualitative prediction of energy transfer reduction owing to Alfv\'en wave effects by the Iroshnikov--Kraichnan theory (which was originally formulated for magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in three dimensions). We numerically confirm the correlation between dynamo action and direct magnetic energy flux and investigate the applicability of quantitative aspects of the Iroshnikov--Kraichnan theory to the present case, particularly its predictions of energy equipartition and $k^{-3/2}$ spectra in the energy inertial range. It is found that for turbulence satisfying the Kraichnan condition of magnetic energy at large scales exceeding total energy in the inertial range, the kinetic energy spectrum, which is significantly shallower than $k^{-3/2}$, is shallower than its magnetic counterpart. This result suggests no energy equipartition. The total energy spectrum appears to depend on the energy composition of the turbulence but is clearly shallower than $k^{-3/2}$ for $r\approx2$, even at moderate resolutions. Here $r\approx2$ is the magnetic-to-kinetic energy ratio during the stage when the turbulence can be considered fully developed. The implication of the present findings is discussed in conjunction with further numerical results on the dependence of the energy dissipation rate on resolution.en
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dc.rightsCopyright (c) Cambridge University Press 2012. Deposited by permission of the publisher. The definitive version is available at http://journals.cambridge.orgen
dc.subjectMagnetohydrodynamic Turbulenceen
dc.subjectQA Mathematicsen
dc.titleOn energetics and inertial-range scaling laws of two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulenceen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Applied Mathematicsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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