Thermonuclear reaction, simulation

Thermonuclear reaction, simulation

T180/0082 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.1MB

Downloadable file size: 3.0MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator

This image is part of the feature Turbulence


Caption: Thermonuclear reaction. Computer simulation showing a heavy fluid (red) mixing with a lighter fluid (blue) during a thermonuclear reaction. When a heavy fluid layer rests on top of a lighter fluid, the two layers attempt to interchange, creating turbulence and releasing potential energy. This is known as the Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability and occurs in situations such as supernovae explosions, salt domes, mushroom clouds and oil floating on water. A high level of RT instability is undesirable in a nuclear fusion reactor as it prevents ignition and maximum energy output. This simulation was produced on the BlueGene/L supercomputer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA. In June 2007, this was the world's fastest computer.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: bluegene/l, cfd, computational fluid dynamics, computer simulation, energy, flowing, fluid, fluid dynamics, fluid mixing, fluids, fusion, fusion research, gas, hydrodynamics, industrial, industry, liquid, mixing, nuclear fusion research, nuclear physics, physical, physics, rayleigh-taylor instability, reacting, reaction, reynolds number, simulating, technological, technology, thermonuclear, turbulence, turbulent, turbulent combustion

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.