Accession Number:

ADA210465

Title:

Numerical Simulation of the Compressible Orszag-Tang Vortex

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. Jun 1988-Feb 1989

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

Results of fully compressible, Fourier collocation, numerical simulations of the Orszag-Tang vortex system are presented. Initial conditions consist of a nonrandom, periodic field in which the magnetic and velocity fields contain X-points but differ in modal structure along one spatial direction. The velocity field is initially solenoidal, with the total initial pressure-field consisting of the superposition of the appropriate incompressible pressure distribution upon a flat pressure field corresponding to the initial, average flow Mach number of the flow. In our numerical simulations, we vary this initial Mach number from 0.2 to 0.6. These values correspond to average plasma beta values ranging from 30.0 to 3.3 respectively. Compressible effects develop within one or two Alfven transit times, as manifested in the spectra of compressible quantities such as mass density and nonsolenoidal flow field. These effects include 1 retardation of growth of correlation between the magnetic field and the velocity field, 2 emergence of compressible small scale structure such as massive jets and 3 bifurcation of eddies in the compressible flow field. Differences between the incompressible and compressible results tend to increase with increasing initial average Mach number. Keywords Compressible magnetohydrodynamic turbulence Solar wind structuring Direct numerical simulation.

Subject Categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE