Kelvin-Helmholtz instability of two finite-thickness fluid layers with continuous density and velocity profiles

Hoshoudy G. A., ÇAVUŞ H.

JOURNAL OF ASTROPHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, vol.39, no.3, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The effect of density and velocity gradients on the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI) of two superimposed finite-thickness fluid layers are analytically investigated. The linear normalized frequency and normalized growth rate are presented. Then, their behavior as a function of the density ratio of the light fluid to the heavy one (r) was analyzed and compared to the case of two semi-infinite fluid layers. The results showed that the values of normalized frequency of KHI for two finite-thickness fluid layers are less than their counterparts for two semi-infinite fluid layers. The behavior of normalized growth rate as a function of the velocity and density gradients capitulates to the effect of velocity gradient at the large values of (r).