Direct numerical simulation of the thermal effects in plasma/turbulence interaction

Shankar Ghosh, Krishnan Mahesh

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The thermal effects of laser-induced plasma on isotropic turbulence are studied using direct numerical simulation. Laminar and turbulent simulations are conducted. For the laminar simulations, a tear-drop shaped blast wave propagates into the background becoming spherical in time. Shock radius and jumps in fluid properties at the shock front are compared to experiment. Both short and long time behavior of the plasma is studied. At short times, baroclinic vorticity is generated as a consequence of propagation of the curved shock through the domain. At long times, the flow field forms toroidal vortex rings, as observed in experiments. For the turbulent simulations, turbulence levels get enhanced in regions of compression across the blast wave and suppressed in regions of expansion in the plasma core.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Jul 2 2007
Event45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2007Jan 11 2007


Other45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV


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