3D simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor instability using "VULCAN/3D"

Shimon M. Asida*, Eli Livne, Josef Stein, Lior Metzker

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The growth rate of the turbulent mixing zone, which develops from random perturbations under Rayleigh-Taylor instability, has been studied using the 3D version of the hydrodynamical code VULCAN. Previous studies show large differences between the α parameter of different codes. In its Eulerian mode VULCAN/3D employs Van-Leer scheme for the advection of all variables, and can also use interface tracking for multi-phase flows. Simulations using parallel version of VULCAN/3D give α of about 0.06, a value which agrees very well with experiments and some other simulations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Hydrodynamics
  • Instability
  • Simulation


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