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Fluid-structure interaction simulations in liquid-lead Gregson, James


An Eulerian compressible flow solver suitable for simulating liquid-lead flows involving fluid-structure interaction, cavitation and free surfaces was developed and applied to investigation of a magnetized target fusion reactor concept. The numerical methods used and results of common test cases are presented. Simulations were then performed to assess the smoothing properties of interacting mechanically generated shocks in liquid lead, as well as the early-time collapse behavior of cavities due to free surface reflection of such shocks. An empirical formula to estimate shock smoothness based on the shock smoothing results is presented, and issues related to shock driven cavity collapse in liquid liner magnetized target fusion reactors are presented and discussed.

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