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Old   May 30, 2006, 23:58
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I want to triger KH instability in the shear layer spatially, I mean I want the perturbation grows with the distance to inlet. How should do this? I think off two methods, I don't know whether they are feasible? Can someone give some advice? 1)impose a sinusoidal in the shear layer at the inlet in the transverse direction. for example: at inlet x=0, impose v=0.003*sin(omega*t)at the interface. 2)A fellow student suggests me add the perturbation in the whole shear layer with the mathematical form v=0.003*sin(omega*t-k*x), not just the inlet.But in this case, the position of the interface is changed persistently, how to track the interface and add the perturbation to it becomes a problem. Anyone can help me? My ultimate aim is to model the perturbation growing process spatially.

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Old   May 31, 2006, 11:34
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I presume that you are unable to trigger the K-H instability without a perturbation i.e. if you do not see the vortical structures based on a simple (constant or parabolic) inlet conditions.

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1) Refine the grid at the interface. That might help. 2) Try increasing Reynolds number i.e. reduce molecular viscosity (if it is not an issue) 3) If 1 and 2 do not work, try the sinusoidal function only at the inlet (as you suggested)

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