Reynolds decomposition (averaging) with respect to time
Statistic approach to turbulence is based on decomposition and time averaging of instantaneous values of variables into mean part and fluctuation part. If the mean value does not depend on choice of initial time (stationary process in mean values) the mean value can be expressed27.1: Reynolds stress tensor. One can see, that this system differs from the original one, just in the term . The tensor represents six27.2 (because of symmetry) additional unknowns in our new governing system. Thus, we need to complete the system by some more relations for components of Reynolds stress tensor. This problem is so-called closure problem.