Abstract

Three-dimensional numerical simulations of turbulent mixing at a perturbed interface of a dense shell compressed by a spherically imploding shock wave are presented. This case is a simplified version of inertial confinement fusion implosion (ICF) where a small capsule containing nuclear material is compressed to extremely high pressure and temperature to achieve fusion burn. The current simulations were performed using a high-order spherical method and a semi-Lagrangian moving mesh algorithm implemented in our in-house code Flamenco.

Results of narrowband and broadband initial perturbations are presented at different grid resolutions along with mix layer limits, molecular mixing, turbulent kinetic energy and bubble/spike heights. The initial multimode perturbations applied at the interface consist of a superposition of cosine waves and are determined according to a specified power spectrum and standard deviation. These are employed in a spherical segment, enabling the efficient computation of a wide range of low to relatively high mode-number perturbations. The overall grid convergence of the solution is analysed and the different findings from the integral quantities and bubble/spike amplitudes are indicated.

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