Temporal evolution of scalar modes in Richtmyer-Meshkov instability of inclined interface using high-speed PIV and PLIF measurements at 60 kHz

Gokul Pathikonda, Samuel J. Petter, Isaiah E. Wall, Devesh Ranjan

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Abstract

The current work presents simultaneous, high-speed measurements at 60,000 fields per second of velocity and mole fraction using particle image velocimetry (PIV) and planar laser induced acetone-fluorescence in a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability of an inclined interface (Atwood number, At = 0.22). Specifically, around 2 ms of temporal evolution of the vortex structures and their associated scalar modes immediately following the interface-reshock interaction is presented. Two initial interface conditions are discussed - (a) a sharp, inclined 'single mode' interface and (b) a 'multi-mode' interface where small perturbations are imposed on the single mode case. A 2D wavelet decomposition of the scalar flow field shows a highly intermittent distribution of small-scale variance throughout the interface even at late times. These are correlated strongly with the vortex structures and local turbulence intensity, where each small-scale scalar mode is sandwiched between two co-rotating vortex structures. This indicates that the interstitial regions between the vortices are significant hotspots of entrainment, which is then dispersed by the induced, counter-flow velocity fields. The multimode case demonstrates similar organization at large scales, while the scalar field is much more homogeneous at smaller scales. These observations highlight the importance of capturing the early time vortex evolution to accurately estimate any late time intermittency, especially where deposition of intense vorticity on sharp interfaces is present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105206
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • high-speed PIV
  • high-speed PLIF
  • Richtmyer-Meshkov instability
  • RMI
  • wavelet analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics

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