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Universality in the emergence of oscillatory instabilities in turbulent flows


Pavithran,  I.
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Unni,  V. R.
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Varghese,  A. J.
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Sujith,  R. I.
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Saha,  A.
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Marwan,  Norbert
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Kurths,  Jürgen
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Pavithran, I., Unni, V. R., Varghese, A. J., Sujith, R. I., Saha, A., Marwan, N., Kurths, J. (2020): Universality in the emergence of oscillatory instabilities in turbulent flows. - EPL (Europhysics Letters), 129, 2, 24004.

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Self-organization driven by feedback between subsystems is ubiquitous in turbulent fluid mechanical systems. This self-organization manifests as emergence of oscillatory instabilities and is often studied in different system-specific frameworks. We uncover the existence of a universal scaling behaviour during self-organization in turbulent flows leading to oscillatory instability. Our experiments show that the spectral amplitude of the dominant mode of oscillations scales with the Hurst exponent of a fluctuating state variable following an inverse power law relation. Interestingly, we observe the same power law behaviour with a constant exponent near –2 across various turbulent systems such as aeroacoustic, thermoacoustic and aeroelastic systems.