Volume 94, Number 5, June 2011
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics|
|Published online||27 May 2011|
Reactive Rayleigh-Taylor systems: Front propagation and non-stationarity
Department of Physics and INFN, University of Tor Vergata - Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, I-00133 Rome, Italy, EU
2 Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) - D-15738 Zeuthen, Germany, EU
3 Department of Fundamental Physics, University of Barcelona - Carrer de Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain, EU
4 Department of Applied Physics and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology - 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands, EU
5 CNR-IAC - Via dei Taurini 19, I-00185 Rome, Italy, EU
6 Department of Physics and INFN, University of Ferrara - I-44100 Ferrara, Italy, EU
7 International Collaboration for Turbulence Research (ICTR)
Accepted: 24 April 2011
Reactive Rayleigh-Taylor systems are characterized by the competition between the growth of the instability and the rate of reaction between cold (heavy) and hot (light) phases. We present results from state-of-the-art numerical simulations performed at high resolution in 2d by means of a self-consistent lattice Boltzmann (LB) method which evolves the coupled momentum and temperature equations and includes a reactive term. We tune parameters in order to address the competition between turbulent mixing and reaction, ranging from slow- to fast-reaction rates. We also study the mutual feedback between turbulence evolution driven by the Rayleigh-Taylor instability and front propagation against gravitational acceleration. We quantify both the enhancement of “flame” propagation due to turbulent mixing for the case of slow reaction-rate as well as the slowing-down of turbulence growth for the fast-reaction case, when the front quickly burns the gravitationally unstable phase. An increase of intermittency at small scales for temperature characterizes the case of fast reaction, associated to the formation of sharp wrinkled fronts separating pure burnt/unburnt fluids regions.
PACS: 47.20.Ma – Interfacial instabilities (e.g., Rayleigh-Taylor) / 47.70.-n – Reactive and radiative flows / 47.45.Ab – Kinetic theory of gases
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