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TitleTaylor Instability of Incompressible Liquids
Author(s)Fermi, E.; von Neumann, J.
Publication DateNovember 1955
Report NumberAECU-2979
Unique IdentifierACC0042
Other NumbersLADC-1872; OSTI ID: 4373391
Research OrgLos Alamos Scientific Laboratory [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)]
Contract NoW-7405-Eng-36
Sponsoring OrgUS Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
Other InformationThe date for Part I is September 4, 1951; The date for Part II is August 19, 1953
SubjectPhysics; Engineering; Density; Fluid Flow; Liquids; Mass; Motion; Pressure; Stability; Surfaces; Vacuum; Velocity
KeywordsIncompressible Flow; Taylor Instability; Liquids
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AbstractA discussion is presented in simplified form of the problem of the growth of an initial ripple on the surface of an incompressible liquid in the presence of an acceleration, g, directed from the outside into the liquid. The model is that of a heavy liquid occupying at t = 0 the half space above the plane z = 0, and a rectangular wave profile is assumed. The theory is found to represent correctly one feature of experimental results, namely the fact that the half wave of the heavy liquid into the vacuum becomes rapidly narrower while the half wave pushing into the heavy liquid becomes more and more blunt. The theory fails to account for the experimental results according to which the front of the wave pushing into the heavy liquid moves with constant velocity. The case of instability at the boundary of 2 fluids of different densities is also explored. Similar results are obtained except that the acceleration of the heavy liquid into the light liquid is reduced.
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