Discrete self similarity in filled type I strong explosions

Almog Yalinewich, Re'em Sari

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We present new solutions to the strong explosion problem in a non power law density profile. The unperturbed self similar solutions developed by Sedov, Taylor, and Von Neumann describe strong Newtonian shocks propagating into a cold gas with a density profile falling off as r-ω, where ω≤7-γγ+1 (filled type I solutions), and γ is the adiabatic index of the gas. The perturbations we consider are spherically symmetric and log periodic with respect to the radius. While the unperturbed solutions are continuously self similar, the log periodicity of the density perturbations leads to a discrete self similarity of the perturbations, i.e., the solution repeats itself up to a scaling at discrete time intervals. We discuss these solutions and verify them against numerical integrations of the time dependent hydrodynamic equations. This is an extension of a previous investigation on type II solutions and helps clarifying boundary conditions for perturbations to type I self similar solutions.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number126101
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2013


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