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Title: Direct simulation Monte Carlo investigation of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability

The Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) is investigated using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method of molecular gas dynamics. Here, fully resolved two-dimensional DSMC RTI simulations are performed to quantify the growth of flat and single-mode perturbed interfaces between two atmospheric-pressure monatomic gases as a function of the Atwood number and the gravitational acceleration. The DSMC simulations reproduce all qualitative features of the RTI and are in reasonable quantitative agreement with existing theoretical and empirical models in the linear, nonlinear, and self-similar regimes. At late times, the instability is seen to exhibit a self-similar behavior, in agreement with experimental observations. For the conditions simulated, diffusion can influence the initial instability growth significantly.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
SAND-2015-1855J; SAND-2016-1868J
Journal ID: ISSN 1070-6631; PHFLE6; 579670
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Fluids (1994)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physics of Fluids (1994); Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-6631
American Institute of Physics
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; shock waves; Richtmyer Meshkov instabilities; Mach numbers; interface diffusion; gas liquid interfaces; 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS
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OSTI ID: 1241373