Accession Number:

ADA158024

Title:

Numerical Simulations of Asymmetric Mixing in Planar Shear Flows.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-08-23

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

Numerical simulations were performed of the evolution of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in planar, free shear layers, resulting from coflow past a splitter plate. The calculations solved the time-dependent compressible conservation equations for which new algorithms were developed and tested for inflow and outflow boundary conditions. The transition from laminar flow was triggered by transverse pressure gradients and subsequent vorticity fluctuations at the shear layer, near the tip of the splitter plate. The calculations were performed for a range of free-stream velocity ratios and sizes of the chamber enclosing the system. The simulations showed that the resulting mixing layers have more of the faster fluid than the slower fluid entrained in the roll-ups. This effect is in general agreement with the results of recent splitter-plate experiments of Koochesfahani, Dimotakis and Broadwell 1983. The calculated mixing asymmetry is more apparent when the velocity ratio of the two streams is larger, and does not depend significantly on the separation between the walls of the chamber. Keywords coherent structures Free shear flows.

Subject Categories:

  • Theoretical Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE