Evaluation of turbulent mixing transition in a shock-driven variable-density flow Academic Article uri icon


  • The effect of initial conditions on transition to turbulence is studied in a variable-density shock-driven flow. RichtmyerMeshkov instability (RMI) evolution of fluid interfaces with two different imposed initial perturbations is observed before and after interaction with a second shock reflected from the end wall of a shock tube (reshock). The first perturbation is a predominantly single-mode long-wavelength interface which is formed by inclining the entire tube to 80$^{circ }$ relative to the horizontal, yielding an amplitude-to-wavelength ratio, $unicode[STIX]{x1D702}/unicode[STIX]{x1D706}=0.088$, and thus can be considered as half the wavelength of a triangular wave. The second interface is multi-mode, and contains additional shorter-wavelength perturbations due to the imposition of shear and buoyancy on the inclined perturbation of the first case. In both cases, the interface consists of a nitrogen-acetone mixture as the light gas over carbon dioxide as the heavy gas (Atwood number, $Asim 0.22$) and the shock Mach number is $Mapprox 1.55$. The initial condition was characterized through Proper Orthogonal Decomposition and density energy spectra from a large set of initial condition images. The evolving density and velocity fields are measured simultaneously using planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques. Density, velocity, and densityvelocity cross-statistics are calculated using ensemble averaging to investigate the effects of additional modes on the mixing and turbulence quantities. The density and velocity data show that a distinct memory of the initial conditions is maintained in the flow before interaction with reshock. After reshock, the influence of the long-wavelength inclined perturbation present in both initial conditions is still apparent, but the distinction between the two cases becomes less evident as smaller scales are present even in the single-mode case. Several methods are used to calculate the Reynolds number and turbulence length scales, which indicate a transition to a more turbulent state after reshock. Further evidence of transition to turbulence after reshock is observed in the velocity and density fluctuation spectra, where a scaling close to $k^{-5/3}$ is observed for almost one decade, and in the enstrophy fluctuation spectra, where a scaling close to $k^{1/3}$ is observed for a similar range. Also, based on normalized cross correlation spectra, local isotropy is reached at lower wave numbers in the multi-mode case compared with the single-mode case beforereshock. Bybreakdown of large scales to small scales after reshock, rapid decay can be observed in cross-correlation spectra in both cases.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Mohaghar, M., Carter, J., Musci, B., Reilly, D., McFarland, J., & Ranjan, D.

citation count

  • 40

complete list of authors

  • Mohaghar, Mohammad||Carter, John||Musci, Benjamin||Reilly, David||McFarland, Jacob||Ranjan, Devesh

publication date

  • October 2017