Authors : Giovanni Gallavotti
Title:: Navier-Stokes equation: irreversibility, turbulence and ensembles equivalence
Keywords: Nonequilibrium, Thermodynamics, Fluctuations, EntropyThe NS equation is considered (in $2\&3$ dimensions) with a fixed forcing on large scale; the stationary states form a family of probability distributions on the fluid velocity fields depending on a parameter $R$ (Reynolds number). It is proposed that other equations could lead to -exactly- the same distributions via a mechanism closely analogous to the coincidence of the canonical and microcanonical averages of local observables in the statistical mechanics thermodynamic limit (proposed, here, to correspond to the limit in which the UV cut-off $N$, regularizing the equations, is removed to infinity).
INFN-Roma1 and Universit\`a "La Sapienza” Roma, Italy