Numerical investigation of initial condition effects on Rayleigh-Taylor instability with acceleration reversals

Denis Aslangil, Arindam Banerjee, Andrew Lawrie

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Abstract

The influence of initial conditions on miscible incompressible baroclinically driven Rayleigh-Taylor instability undergoing non-uniform acceleration is explored computationally using an Implicit Large Eddy Simulation (ILES) technique. We consider the particular case of evolution during multiple reversals of acceleration direction, where the flow is alternately statically stable or unstable. In the unstable phase, the flow is driven by the baroclinic release of potentialenergy, whereas in the stable phase, work is done against the density stratification with the energy exchange taking place by wave-like mechanisms. These dynamics are fundamentally different; here, we track the evolution of volume-averaged turbulent statistics that are most sensitive to changes in the distribution of spectral power and bandwidth of the initial conditions as the flow alternates between dynamical regimes due t/o acceleration reversal.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053114
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume94
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2016

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