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Published November 1, 1989 | public
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Kinetic energy generated by the incompressible Richtmyer–Meshkov instability in a continuously stratified fluid


The problem of calculating the kinetic energy created by impulsive acceleration of an incompressible continuously stratified fluid is formulated. Solutions are obtained for small density perturbations and a particular profile for various Atwood numbers and length scales. The kinetic energy is reduced when the undisturbed density variation is more diffuse.

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Copyright © 1989 American Institute of Physics. Received 21 March 1989; accepted 13 July 1989. We wish to thank Dr. C.E. Leith for suggesting this investigation. This work was supported by the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (7191705-DOEW-7405-ENG-48).


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