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Title: RANS simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Subject to a changing body force

Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1291270
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-24705
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing ; 2016-07-11 - 2016-07-15 ; Sydney, Australia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Rayleigh-Taylor, RANS, Turbulence

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Bertsch, Rebecca Lynne, and Gore, Robert Allen. RANS simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Subject to a changing body force. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Bertsch, Rebecca Lynne, & Gore, Robert Allen. RANS simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Subject to a changing body force. United States.
Bertsch, Rebecca Lynne, and Gore, Robert Allen. Thu . "RANS simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Subject to a changing body force". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1291270.
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