A comprehensive numerical study was performed in order to examine the effect of density ratio on the mixing process inside the mixing zone formed by Rayleigh–Taylor instability (RTI). This effect exhibits itself in the mixing parameters and increase of the density of the bubbles. The motivation of this work is to relate the density of the bubbles to the growth parameter for the self-similar evolution, α, we suggest an effective Atwood formulation, found to be approximately half of the original Atwood number. We also examine the sensitivity of the parameters above to the dimensionality (two-dimensional (2D)/three-dimensional (3D)) and to numerical miscibility.

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