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Numerical simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor instability in elastic solids

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2006

E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, Germany


Numerical simulations of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the interface of two semi-infinite media have been performed based on the finite element method. Two different interfaces have been considered: elastic solid/elastic solid and elastic solid/viscous fluid. The results have been compared with previously published analytical models. In particular, the asymptotic growth rate has been compared with the model by Terrones (2005) while the initial transient phase is compared with the model by Piriz et al. (2005). Finally, some examples show the importance of such an initial transient phase if more realistic material laws (for example, elastoplastic behavior) are taken into account.

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