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Publication status | Published - 2019 |

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**Deterministic and stochastic properties of self-similar Rayleigh-Taylor mixing induced by space-varying acceleration.** / Pandian, Arun; Abarzhi, Snezhana.

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T1 - Deterministic and stochastic properties of self-similar Rayleigh-Taylor mixing induced by space-varying acceleration

AU - Pandian, Arun

AU - Abarzhi, Snezhana

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Rayleigh-Taylor interfacial mixing has critical importance in a broad range of processes in nature and technology. In most instances Rayleigh-Taylor dynamics is induced by variable acceleration, whereas the bulk of existing studies is focused on the cases of constant and impulsive accelerations referred respectively as classical Rayleigh-Taylor and classical Richtmyer-Meshkov dynamics. In this work we consider Rayleigh-Taylor mixing induced by variable acceleration with power-law dependence on the spatial coordinate in the acceleration direction. We apply group theory and momentum model to find deterministic asymptotic solutions for self-similar RT mixing. We further augment momentum model with a stochastic process to study numerically the effect of fluctuations on statistical properties of self-similar mixing in a broad parameter regime. We reveal that self-similar mixing can be Rayleigh-Taylor-type and Richtmyer-Meshkov type depending on the acceleration exponent. We further find the value of critical exponent separating Rayleigh-Taylor-type mixing and Richtmyer-Meshkov-type mixing, and identify invariant quantities characterizing Rayleigh-Taylor-type mixing and Richtmyer-Meshkov-type mixing.

AB - Rayleigh-Taylor interfacial mixing has critical importance in a broad range of processes in nature and technology. In most instances Rayleigh-Taylor dynamics is induced by variable acceleration, whereas the bulk of existing studies is focused on the cases of constant and impulsive accelerations referred respectively as classical Rayleigh-Taylor and classical Richtmyer-Meshkov dynamics. In this work we consider Rayleigh-Taylor mixing induced by variable acceleration with power-law dependence on the spatial coordinate in the acceleration direction. We apply group theory and momentum model to find deterministic asymptotic solutions for self-similar RT mixing. We further augment momentum model with a stochastic process to study numerically the effect of fluctuations on statistical properties of self-similar mixing in a broad parameter regime. We reveal that self-similar mixing can be Rayleigh-Taylor-type and Richtmyer-Meshkov type depending on the acceleration exponent. We further find the value of critical exponent separating Rayleigh-Taylor-type mixing and Richtmyer-Meshkov-type mixing, and identify invariant quantities characterizing Rayleigh-Taylor-type mixing and Richtmyer-Meshkov-type mixing.

M3 - Article

JO - arXiv preprint

JF - arXiv preprint

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