Numerical simulations of asymmetric mixing in planar shear flows
Abstract
Numerical simulations were performed of the evolution of the KelvinHelmholtz instability in planar, free shear layers, resulting from coflow past a splitter plate. The calculations solved the timedependent compressible conservation equations for which new algorithms were developed and tested for inflow and outflow boundary conditions. The transition from laminar flow was triggered by transverse pressure gradients and subsequent vorticity fluctuations at the shear layer, near the tip of the splitter plate. The calculations were performed for a range of freestream velocity ratios and sizes of the chamber enclosing the system. The simulations showed that the resulting mixing layers have more of the faster fluid than the slower fluid entrained in the rollups. This effect is in general agreement with the results of recent splitterplate experiments of Koochesfahani, Dimotakis and Broadwell (1983). The calculated mixing asymmetry is more apparent when the velocity ratio of the two streams is larger, and does not depend significantly on the separation between the walls of the chamber.
 Publication:

Naval Research Lab. Report
 Pub Date:
 August 1985
 Bibcode:
 1985nrl..reptS....G
 Keywords:

 Boundary Layer Transition;
 Conservation Equations;
 KelvinHelmholtz Instability;
 Laminar Mixing;
 Numerical Analysis;
 Shear Flow;
 Shear Layers;
 Boundary Conditions;
 Compressible Flow;
 Entrainment;
 Flow Chambers;
 Flow Equations;
 Free Flow;
 Mixing Layers (Fluids);
 Planar Structures;
 Pressure Gradients;
 Time Dependence;
 Velocity;
 Vortices;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer