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Evolution of the Orszag-Tang vortex system in a compressible medium. II - Supersonic flowA study is presented on the effect of embedded supersonic flows and the resulting emerging shock waves on phenomena associated with MHD turbulence, including reconnection, the formation of current sheets and vortex structures, and the evolution of spatial and temporal correlations among physical variables. A two-dimensional model problem, the Orszag-Tang (1979) vortex system, is chosen, which involves decay from nonrandom initial conditions. The system is doubly periodic, and the initial conditions consist of single-mode solenoidal velocity and magnetic fields, each containing X points and O points. The initial mass density is flat, and the initial pressure fluctuations are incompressible, balancing the local forces for a magnetofluid of unit mass density. Results on the evolution of the local structure of the flow field, the global properties of the system, and spectral correlations are presented. The important dynamical properties and observational consequences of embedded supersonic regions and emerging shocks in the Orszag-Tang model of an MHD system undergoing reconnection are discussed. Conclusions are drawn regarding the effects of local supersonic regions on MHD turbulence.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Picone, J. Michael (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Dahlburg, Russell B. (U.S. Navy, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Physics of Fluids B
Volume: 3
ISSN: 0899-8221
Subject Category
Distribution Limits