Abstract

The Richtmyer-Meshkov instability (RMI) of a twice-shocked gas interface is studied using high-speed planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) in the Wisconsin Shock Tube Laboratory's vertical shock tube. The initial condition (IC) is a shear layer with broadband diffuse perturbations at the interface between a helium-acetone mixture and argon. This IC is accelerated by a shock of nominal strength M = 1.9, and then accelerated again by the transmitted shock that reflects off the end wall of the tube. Three individual experiments are analyzed, the energy spectrum and the structure functions of the light gas mole fraction field are calculated and compared.

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