Linear Simulations of the Cylindrical Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability in Hydrodynamics and MHD

  • Song Gao

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

The Richtmyer-Meshkov instability occurs when density-stratified interfaces are impulsively accelerated, typically by a shock wave. We present a numerical method to simulate the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability in cylindrical geometry. The ideal MHD equations are linearized about a time-dependent base state to yield linear partial differential equations governing the perturbed quantities. Convergence tests demonstrate that second order accuracy is achieved for smooth flows, and the order of accuracy is between first and second order for flows with discontinuities. Numerical results are presented for cases of interfaces with positive Atwood number and purely azimuthal perturbations. In hydrodynamics, the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability growth of perturbations is followed by a Rayleigh-Taylor growth phase. In MHD, numerical results indicate that the perturbations can be suppressed for sufficiently large perturbation wavenumbers and magnetic fields.
Date of AwardMay 2013
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Science and Engineering
SupervisorRavi Samtaney (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • Cylindrical Geometry
  • MHD
  • Richtmyer-Meshkov
  • Instability
  • Rayleigh-Taylor Instability
  • Linear Simulation

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