We carried out large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations of the classical Rayleigh–Taylor (RT) phenomenon in a Lennard-Jones molecular liquid. We have observed from these simulations, involving particles, the development of hydrodynamic instabilities from two different kinds of interacting particles. A free surface is introduced by deploying an overlying void. For a box with a dimension up to about 1 μm and two layers having different particle sizes, the fingering type of instability is observed as a result of oscillations caused by the gravitational field. In this gridless scheme, surface waves can be captured self-consistently. For equally sized particles, a spontaneous “fluctuation driven” mixing with a long start-up time is observed. These molecular- dynamics results suggest the possibilities of upscaling the RT phenomenon. For conducting these numerical experiments, which require at least time steps, a single simulation would require 100–200 Tflops of massively parallel computer power. © 1998 American Institute of Physics.
Complex fluid-dynamical phenomena modeled by large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations
Witold Alda, Witold Dzwinel, Jacek Kitowski, Jacek Mościński, Marek Pogoda, David A. Yuen; Complex fluid-dynamical phenomena modeled by large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations. Comput. Phys. 1 November 1998; 12 (6): 595–600. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.168741
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