Instability growth patterns of a shock-accelerated thin fluid layer

J. W. Jacobs, D. L. Klein, D. G. Jenkins, R. F. Benjamin

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Laser-induced fluorescence imaging of a shock-accelerated thin gas layer, produced by a planar SF6 jet in air, shows multiple flow evolutions. Richtmyer-Meshkov instability causes spatially periodic perturbations initially imposed on the jet to develop into one of three distinct flow patterns, indicating nonlinear instability growth. Slight differences in the vorticity distribution deposited on the air-SF6 interfaces by the shock interaction produce a bifurcated flow, observed as mushroom-shaped or sinuous-shaped interfacial patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-586
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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