Numerical study of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability of a three-dimensional minimum-surface featured SF6/air interface

Ben Guan, Dayi Wang, Ge Wang, E. Fan, Chih Yung Wen

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Abstract

The Richtmyer-Meshkov instability of a three-dimensional (3D) minimum-surface featured SF6/air interface subjected to a planar weak incident shock is numerically studied. The focus is placed on presenting more intuitive details of the complex shock-interface interactions. In the present work, 3D Euler equations are solved. The fifth-order weighted essentially non-oscillatory scheme and the level-set method combined with the real ghost fluid method are adopted. The gas interface morphologies are precisely reproduced according to the previous experimental images, the wave systems in 3D space are illustrated, and the velocity distribution in a characteristic plane is depicted. Based on which, the unknown lagging structure in the previous experiment can be reasonably explained. It is actually the soap fog driven by the flow field. The baroclinic vorticity generation and the perturbation amplitude growth histories are measured. The present numerical study well confirms the 3D curvature effect and supports the extended 3D theoretical model for the heavy/light interface scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024108
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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