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  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 263
  • March 1994, pp. 271-292

Experiments on the Richtmyer–Meshkov instability: single-scale perturbations on a continuous interface

  • M. Brouillette (a1) (a2) and B. Sturtevant (a1)
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We report on experiments to measure the shock-induced growth of sinusoidal perturbations on thick interfaces separating two gases of different densities. The results show that the growth rates are reduced as the interface thickness is increased. A model that accounts for the growth rate reduction caused by the presence of a finite density gradient on the interface is proposed and good agreement is obtained with the experimental results.

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