Rayleigh–Taylor mixing: direct numerical simulation and implicit large eddy simulation

David L Youngs
2017 Physica Scripta  
Previous research into three-dimensional numerical simulation of self-similar mixing due to Rayleigh-Taylor instability is summarized. A range of numerical approaches has been used: direct numerical simulation, implicit large eddy simulation and large eddy simulation with an explicit model for sub-grid-scale dissipation. However, few papers have made direct comparisons between the various approaches. The main purpose of the current paper is to give comparisons of direct numerical simulations
more » ... ical simulations and implicit large eddy simulations using the same computational framework. Results are shown for four test cases: (i) single-mode Rayleigh-Taylor instability, (ii) self-similar Rayleigh-Taylor mixing, (iii) three-layer mixing and (iv) a tilted-rig Rayleigh-Taylor experiment. It is found that both approaches give similar results for the high-Reynolds number behavior. Direct numerical simulation is needed to assess the influence of finite Reynolds number.
doi:10.1088/1402-4896/aa732b fatcat:sg2r5r3oc5gi5pr34dq6x3cqci