Astrophysics (index)about


(turbulent flow)
(irregular flow of a fluid)

Turbulence (or turbulent flow) is chaotic flow of a fluid. It is characterized by changes in flow velocity and pressure over space and time, and eddies, i.e., circular or swirling flows, often lasting only a short time.

Turbulence is in contrast to laminar flow in which fluid flows in continuous lines.

Turbulence in the atmosphere is a contributor to seeing and can be detected in gases, e.g., in stars or clouds through the analysis of spectral lines.

(physics,fluid dynamics)

Referenced by:
alpha disk
core collapse supernova
Darcy velocity field
dense core
gravitational instability model
interstellar holography
Kolmogorov spectrum
Mach number
molecular cloud turbulence
mixing length theory
magnetorotational instability (MRI)
quenched galaxy
Reynolds decomposition
Reynolds number (Re)
spectral line
turbulent pressure