Rotating Rayleigh-Taylor instability

Scase, Matthew M. and Baldwin, Kyle A. and Hill, Richard J.A. (2017) Rotating Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Physical Review Fluids, 2 (2). 024801. ISSN 2469-990X

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The effect of rotation upon the classical Rayleigh-Taylor instability is considered. We consider a two-layer system with an axis of rotation that is perpendicular to the interface between the layers. In general we find that a wave mode’s growth rate may be reduced by rotation. We further show that in some cases, unstable axisymmetric wave modes may be stabilized by rotating the system above a critical rotation rate associated with the mode’s wavelength, the Atwood number and the flow’s aspect ratio.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
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Depositing User: Scase, Matthew
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 06:57

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