Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:

Fluid dynamics

Turbulence without inertia

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: Is this jet turbulent?


  1. Reynolds, O. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 174, 935– 982 (1883).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  2. Groisman, A. & Steinberg, V. Nature 405, 53–55 (2000).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Petrie, C. J. S. & Denn, M. M. AIChE J. 22, 209–236 (1976).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Landau, L. D. & Lifshitz, E. M. Fluid Mechanics 2nd edn (Pergamon, Oxford, 1987).

    Google Scholar 

  5. Weissenberg, K. Nature 159, 310–311 ( 1947).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Taylor, G. I. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A 223, 289– 343 (1923).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  7. Phan-Thien, N. J. Non-Newton. Fluid Mech. 13, 325–340 (1983).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Larson, R. G., Shaqfeh, E. S. G. & Muller, S. J. J. Fluid Mech. 218, 573– 600 (1990).

    Article  ADS  MathSciNet  CAS  Google Scholar 

  9. Byars, J. A., Oztekin, A., Brown, R. A. & McKinley, G. H. J. Fluid Mech. 271, 173–218 (1994).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  10. Khayat, R. E. J. Fluid Mech. 400, 33–58 (1999).

    Article  ADS  MathSciNet  Google Scholar 

  11. Cladis, P. E. & van Saarloos, W. in Solitons in Liquid Crystals (ed. Lam, L.) 111–150 (Springer, New York, 1992).

    Google Scholar 

  12. Kalika, D. S. & Denn, M. M. J. Rheol. 31, 815–834 (1987).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Ronald G. Larson.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Larson, R. Turbulence without inertia. Nature 405, 27–28 (2000).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing