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General Instability of Stiffened Cylinders

Description: "Theoretical buckling stresses are determined in explicit form for circular cylinders with circumferential and axial stiffening. The loadings are axial compression, radial pressure, hydrostatic pressure, and torsion. Analyses were confined to moderate-length and long cylinders" (p. 1).
Date: July 1958
Creator: Becker, Herbert
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Combustion instability in an acid-heptane rocket with a pressurized-gas propellant pumping system

Description: Report presenting results of experimental measurements of low-frequency combustion instability of a 300-pound-thrust acid-heptane rocket engine as compared with the trends predicted by an analysis of combustion instability in a rocket engine. Results regarding the chugging frequency, combustion time delay, effect of rocket combustion-chamber characteristic length, effect of throttling, effect of injection velocity, effect of oxidant-fuel ratio, variation of chugging frequency with amplitude of chamber pressure fluctuations, and evaluation of the analysis are provided.
Date: May 1953
Creator: Tischler, Adelbert O. & Bellman, Donald R.
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Patterns and instability of grannular flow

Description: Dense granular flows are often observed to become unstable and form inhomogeneous structures in nature or industry. Although recently significant advances have been made in understanding simple flows, instabilities are often not understood in detail. We present experimental and numerical results that show the formation of longitudinal stripes. These arise from instability of the uniform flowing state of granular media on a rough inclined plane. The form of the stripes depends critically on the mean density of the flow with a robust form of stripes at high density that consists of fast sliding plug-like regions (stripes) on top of highly agitated boiling material -- a configuration reminiscent of the Leidenfrost effect when a droplet of liquid lifted by its vapor is hovering above a hot surface.
Date: January 1, 2009
Creator: Ecke, Robert E; Borzsonyi, Tamas & Mcelwaine, Jim N
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An Exploratory Investigation of Some Types of Aeroelastic Instability of Open and Closed Bodies of Revolution Mounted on Slender Struts

Description: "Aeroelastic instability phenomena of isolated open and closed rigid bodies of revolution free to move under elastic restraint have been investigated experimentally at low speeds by means of models suspended at zero angles of attack and yaw on slender flexible struts from a wind tunnel ceiling. Three types of instability were observed - flutter similar to classical bending-torsion flutter, divergence, and an uncoupled oscillatory instability which consists in nonviolent continuous or intermittent small-amplitude oscillations involving only angular deformations. The speeds at which this oscillatory instability starts were found to be as low as about one-third of the speed at flutter or divergence and to depend on the shape of the body, particularly that of the afterbody, and on the relative location of the elastic axis" (p. 1).
Date: June 30, 1953
Creator: Clevenson, S. A.; Wildmayer, E., Jr. & Diederich, Franklin W.
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An Exploratory Investigation of Some Types of Aeroelastic Instability of Open and Closed Bodies of Revolution Mounted on Slender Struts

Description: Report presenting an investigation of aeroelastic instability phenomena of isolated open and closed rigid bodies of revolution free to move under elastic restraint at low speeds. Results regarding speeds at which flutter or divergence occurs, the flutter-speed coefficient, and speed coefficients are provided.
Date: November 1954
Creator: Clevenson, S. A.; Widmayer, E., Jr. & Diederich, Franklin W.
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Double-kink Fishbone Instability Caused by Circulating Energetic Ions

Description: The destabilization of double kink modes by the circulating energetic ions in tokamaks with the plasma current having an off-axis maximum is studied. It is shown that the high-frequency fishbone instability [Energetic Particle Mode (EPM)] and the low-frequency (diamagnetic) fishbones are possible for such an equilibrium, their poloidal and toroidal mode numbers being not necessarily equal to unity. A new kind of the EPM instability, ''doublet fishbones,'' is predicted. This instability is characterized by two frequencies; it can occur in a plasma with a non-monotonic radial profile of the energetic ions when the particle orbit width is less than the width of the region where the mode is localized. It is found that the diamagnetic fishbone branch exists even when the orbit width exceeds the mode width; in this case, however, the instability growth rate is relatively small.
Date: January 12, 2004
Creator: Kolesnichenko, Ya.I.; Lutsenko, V.V.; Marchenko, V.S. & White, R.B.
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The Longitudinal Stability of Intense Non-Relativistic Particle Bunches in Resistive Structures

Description: The longitudinal stability of intense particle bunches is investigated theoretically in the limit of small wall resistivity compared to total reactance. It is shown that both in the absence of resistivity and to lowest order in the resistance that an intense bunch is stable against longitudinal collective modes. An expression is derived for the lowest order instability rate. Application of these results are made to drivers for heavy ion inertial fusion.
Date: February 1, 1981
Creator: Channell, P. J.; Sessler, A. M. & Wurtele, J. S.
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Driving Standing Waves by Heat Addition

Description: Note presenting types of burner instability and the role of standing waves in burners. The status of the problem of flame-driven standing waves is reviewed and a one-dimensional flow theory giving the mechanism whereby a flame drives or damps a standing wave is presented.
Date: August 1952
Creator: Blackshear, Perry L., Jr.
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The effect of a short wavelength mode on the evolution of a long wavelength perturbation driven by a strong blast wave

Description: Shock-accelerated material interfaces are potentially unstable to both the Richtmyer-Meshkov and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities. Shear that develops along with these instabilities in turn drives the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. When driven by strong shocks, the evolution and interaction of these instabilities is further complicated by compressibility effects. In this paper, we present a computational study of the formation of jets at strongly driven hydrodynamically unstable interfaces, and the interaction of these jets with one another and with developing spikes and bubbles. This provides a nonlinear spike-spike and spike-bubble interaction mechanism that can have a significant impact on the large-scale characteristics of the mixing layer. These interactions result in sensitivity to the initial perturbation spectrum, including the relative phases of the various modes, that persists long into the nonlinear phase of instability evolution. We describe implications for instability growth rates, the bubble merger process, and the degree of mix in the layer. Finally, we consider results from relevant deceleration RT experiments, performed on OMEGA, to demonstrate some of these effects.
Date: March 16, 2004
Creator: Miles, A R; Edwards, M; Blue, B; Hansen, J F; Robey, H F; Drake, R P et al.
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Observations on an aileron-flutter instability encountered on a 45 degree swept-back wing in transonic and supersonic flight

Description: Report presenting a flight test of a supersonic research pilotless aircraft in which large-amplitude aileron oscillations, most likely aileron compressibility flutter, were encountered in the transonic and supersonic speed ranges. Results regarding power-on flight and coasting flight are provided.
Date: April 11, 1947
Creator: Pitkin, Marvin; Gardner, William N. & Curfman, Howard J., Jr.
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Simple model for linear and nonlinear mixing at unstable fluid interfaces with variable acceleration

Description: A simple model is described for predicting the time evolution of the half-width h of a planar mixing layer between two immiscible incompressible fluids driven by an arbitrary time-dependent variable acceleration history <i>a(l)</i>a (t): The model is based on a heuristic expression for the kinetic energy per unit area of the mixing layer. This expression is based on that for the kinetic energy of a linearly perturbed interface, but with a dynamically renormalized wavelength which becomes proportional to h in the nonlinear regime. An equation of motion for h is then derived by means of Lagrange�s equations. This model reproduces the known linear growth rates of the Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and Richtmyer-Meshkov (RM) instabilities, as well as the quadratic RT and power-law RM growth laws in the nonlinear regime. The time exponent in the RM power law depends on the rate of kinetic energy dissipation. In the case of zero dissipation, this exponent reduces to 2/3 in agreement with elementary scaling arguments. A conservative numerical scheme is proposed to solve the model equations, and is used to perform calculations that agree well with published mixing data from linear electric motor experiments. Considerations involved in implementing the model in hydrodynamics codes are briefly discussed.
Date: December 23, 1998
Creator: Ramshaw, J. D. & Rathkopf, J.
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Strong stabilization of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability by material strength at Mbar pressures

Description: Experimental results showing significant reductions from classical in the Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability growth rate due to high pressure effective lattice viscosity are presented. Using a laser created ramped drive, vanadium samples are compressed and accelerated quasi-isentropically at {approx}1 Mbar pressures, while maintaining the sample in the solid-state. Comparisons with simulations and theory indicate that the high pressure, high strain rate conditions trigger a phonon drag mechanism, resulting in the observed high effective lattice viscosity and strong stabilization of the RT instability.
Date: November 19, 2009
Creator: Park, H S; Lorenz, K T; Cavallo, R M; Pollaine, S M; Prisbrey, S T; Rudd, R E et al.
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Study of the microbunching instability in single-pass systemsusing a direct 2D Vlasov solver

Description: We apply a recently developed Vlasov solver to the study ofthemicrobunching instability generated by shot noise in the beamdeliverysystems of x-ray Free Electron Lasers (FELs). We discusstwo latticespresently under consideration for the FEL FERMI project at Elettra andshow that at least one of the two lattices appears capable of deliveringa beam with the desired quality in the longitudinal phasespace.
Date: June 30, 2007
Creator: Venturini, Marco
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Non-conventional Fishbone Instabilities

Description: New instabilities of fishbone type are predicted. First, a trapped-particle-induced m = n = 1 instability with the mode structure having nothing to do with the conventional rigid kink displacement. This instability takes place when the magnetic field is weak, so that the precession frequency of the energetic ions is not small as compared to the frequency of the corresponding Alfven continuum at r = 0 and the magnetic shear is small inside the q = 1 radius [the case relevant to spherical tori]. Second, an Energetic Particle Mode fishbone instability driven by circulating particles. Third, a double-kink-mode instability driven by the circulating energetic ions. In particular, the latter can have two frequencies simultaneously: we refer to it as ''doublet'' fishbones. This instability can occur when the radial profile of the energetic ions has an off-axis maximum inside the region of the mode localization.
Date: November 10, 2004
Creator: Kolesnichenko, Ya.I.; Lutsenko, V.V.; Marchenko, V.S. & White, R.B.
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Investigations of the Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov Instabilities

Description: The present program is centered on the experimental study of shock-induced interfacial fluid instabilities. Both 2-D (near-sinusoids) and 3-D (spheres) initial conditions are studied in a large, vertical square shock tube facility. The evolution of the interface shape, its distortion, the modal growth rates and the mixing of the fluids at the interface are all objectives of the investigation. In parallel to the experiments, calculations are performed using the Raptor code, on platforms made available by LLNL. These flows are of great relevance to both ICF and stockpile stewardship. The involvement of four graduate students is in line with the national laboratories' interest in the education of scientists and engineers in disciplines and technologies consistent with the labs' missions and activities.
Date: March 14, 2008
Creator: Bonazza, Riccardo; Anderson, Mark & Oakley, Jason
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Annual progress report

Description: The research topics covered include a study of the nonlinear behavior of the drift cyclotron loss-cone instability in mirror machines and a study of the longer time behavior of the nonlinear O'Neil trapped particle saturation. The saturation amplitude for a single dominant mode near the stability onset boundary was determined for the drift cyclotron loss-cone instability for a variety of mirror-like distributions. The results are in good agreement with computer simulation studies of Cohen and Maron.
Date: August 31, 1979
Creator: Simon, A.
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Ballooning instability precursors to high {beta} disruptions

Description: Strongly ballooning modes have been found as precursors to high {beta} disruptions on TFTR. The modes are typically localized to a region spanning about 60{degree} in the toroidal direction. The toroidal localization is associated with lower frequency, global Magneto-Hydro-Dynamic (MHD) activity, typically an ideal n = 1 kink mode. They have moderate to high frequency (f = 10--20 f{sub rot}), implying toroidal mode numbers in the range n = 10--20. The growth rates for the modes are large, of order 10{sup 4}/sec.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Fredrickson, E.D.; McGuire, K.M. & Chang, Z.Y.
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Stabilization of global MHD instabilities by toroidal plasma rotation

Description: Theoretical study and experimental observations suggest that rotation can play a crucial role in determining plasma stability. Since conventional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) analysis ignores rotation, more advanced computational tools are being developed to confirm the theoretical understanding and to perform comparison between theory and experiment. In a previous work, the authors reported on the formulation and computation of MHD modes in plasmas with a small (subsonic) toroidal rotation. R.otation is found to have a substantial stabilizing effect under many circumstances. In this work, they extend the formulation in Ref. 4 to include an arbitrary (large) toroidal plasma rotation. It is the purpose of this work to examine the difference between these two formulations and report on results from computations using these formulations.
Date: July 1, 1995
Creator: Chu, M.S.; Miller, R.L.; Bondeson, A.; Luetjens, H.; DeRidder, G. & Sauter, O.
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Microtearing Instability In The ITER Pedestal

Description: Unstable microtearing modes are discovered by the GS2 gyrokinetic siimulation code, in the pedestal region of a simulated ITER H-mode plasma with approximately 400 WM DT fusion power. Existing nonlinear theory indicates that these instabilities should produce stochastic magnetic fields and broaden the pedestal. The resulted electron thermal conductivity is estimated and the implications of these findings are discussed.
Date: December 1, 2010
Creator: Wong, K. L.; Mikkelsen, D. R.; Rewoldt, G. M. & Budny, R.
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Noise-Sustained Convective Instability in a Magnetized Taylor-Couette Flow

Description: The helical magnetorotational instability of the magnetized Taylor-Couette flow is studied numerically in a finite cylinder. A distant upstream insulating boundary is shown to stabilize the convective instability entirely while reducing the growth rate of the absolute instability. The reduction is less severe with larger height. After modeling the boundary conditions properly, the wave patterns observed in the experiment turn out to be a noise-sustained convective instability. After the source of the noise resulted from unstable Ekman and Stewartson layers is switched off, a slowly-decaying inertial oscillation is observed in the simulation. We reach the conclusion that the experiments completed to date have not yet reached the regime of absolute instability.
Date: February 20, 2009
Creator: Liu, W.
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