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August 19th 2011

Rayleigh-Taylor instability

Shortly after the last post, I discovered some amazing videos by Mark Stock displaying simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities in fluids. The Rayleigh-Taylor instability arises when two fluids sit on top of each other, with the one on the top being denser than the one on the bottom. This is of course an unstable situation, and small inhomogeneities in the interface develop into turbulent structures when the fluids start mixing. The wikipedia article above shows a beautiful picture of the Crab Nebula, where this phenomenon creates awesome fingers of gas.

The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula

Here are two of Mark's videos. Watch them full screen! You can check his youtube channel here.

Mark Stock, 2D High-resolution Rayleigh-Taylor Instability, algorithmic animation.

Mark Stock, Gyre 27-29, algorithmic animation.

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