Mean flow evolution of saturated forced shear flows in polytropic atmospheres

V. Witzke, L.J. Silvers, B. Dubrulle, C. Charbonnel, S. Mathis, A.S. Brun
2019 EAS Publications Series  
In stellar interiors shear flows play an important role in many physical processes. So far helioseismology provides only large-scale measurements, and so the small-scale dynamics remains insufficiently understood. To draw a connection between observations and three-dimensional DNS of shear driven turbulence, we investigate horizontally averaged profiles of the numerically obtained mean state. We focus here on just one of the possible methods that can maintain a shear flow, namely the average
more » ... mely the average relaxation method. We show that although some systems saturate by restoring linear marginal stability this is not a general trend. Finally, we discuss the reason that the results are more complex than expected.
doi:10.1051/eas/1982026 fatcat:unaauyyty5hwdgkyd4elye3jaq