Atmospheric Turbulence poses a challenge to land-based observatories operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) tasked with space situational awareness. By developing new methods for quantifying Turbulence, we intend to provide increased USAF capability in this domain. Current models for quantifying atmospheric Turbulence include Kolmogorov and Non-Kolmogorov methods. Through the nature of Fourier Transform, sinusoidal function, it is possible to determine the frequency at which velocities occur in a specified vertical distance and eventually determine eddy size in a control volume. First, an ANSYS Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model will be created to simulate atmospheric Turbulence in a defined control volume. The simulation will include a one-dimensional flow over a flat plate. The data we acquired from the simulation were used to derive an equation relating the velocity to the vertical distance (velocity profile). We will perform a regression analysis to fit data from Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) and apply Fourier transformation from a time domain to a frequency domain. The objective is to use Fourier transform analysis to determine eddy size distribution and turbulent cascade dissipation in a control volume by analyzing the frequency of velocities. By calculating such eddy size distribution, we may quantify Turbulence in said control volume and compare results with the traditional Kolmogorov method.

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