Linear growth rate for Kelvin-Helmholtz instability appearing in a moving mixing layer
2010 - R. Chong, O. Lafitte, F. Pla, J. Cahen
Physica Scripta 82 029801 (2010)
authors IMACI
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In this paper, we study a generalization of the classical Kelvin–Helmholtz instability, which appears when two fluids move with different parallel velocity on each side of an interface. Considering here that this interface is moving and that L0 is mixing layer width, this generalization takes into account a family of a continuous density profile and a continuous parallel velocity profile of the form (??( z ), (u?( z ), 0, 0)) with ??(X) ? ?± and L0 L0 u?(X) ? u± for X ? ±?. Under suitable assumptions on density ?0 and velocity u0, we prove that the linear instability growth rate in this case converges, when L0 ? 0, to the classical growth rate of Kelvin–Helmholtz. We are able to calculate the next term in the asymptotic expansion in L0 when L0 ? 0 of the growth rate, under additional assumptions on ?0 and u0, hence obtaining a new approximation of the growth rate. This result on the growth rate of instability has been established rigorously, and takes into account general situations, such as the presence of a mixing region. The numerical approach is used to prove the existence of the linear growth rate of such instability.