Three-dimensional multimode Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities at all density ratios

Daniella Kartoon, D. Oron, L. Arazi, D. Shvarts

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


The three-dimensional (3D) turbulent mixing zone (TMZ) evolution under Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov conditions was studied using two approaches. First, an extensive numerical study was made, investigating the growth of a random 3D perturbation in a wide range of density ratios. Following that, a new 3D statistical model was developed, similar to the previously developed two-dimensional (2D) statistical model, assuming binary interactions between bubbles that are growing at a 3D asymptotic velocity. Confirmation of the theoretical model was gained by detailed comparison of the bubble size distribution to the numerical simulations, enabled by a new analysis scheme that was applied to the 3D simulations. In addition, the results for the growth rate of the 3D bubble front obtained from the theoretical model show very good agreement with both the experimental and the 3D simulation results. A simple 3D drag-buoyancy model is also presented and compared with the results of the simulations and the experiments with good agreement. Its extension to the spike-front evolution, made by assuming the spikes' motion is governed by the single-mode evolution determined by the dominant bubbles, is in good agreement with the experiments and the 3D simulations. The good agreement between the 3D theoretical models, the 3D numerical simulations, and the experimental results, together with the clear differences between the 2D and the 3D results, suggest that the discrepancies between the experiments and the previously developed models are due to geometrical effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-334
Number of pages8
JournalLaser and Particle Beams
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2003


  • Numerical simulations
  • Rayleigh-Taylor instability
  • Richtmyer-Meshkov instability
  • Statistical model
  • Three-dimensional


Dive into the research topics of 'Three-dimensional multimode Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities at all density ratios'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this