Hydrodynamic Instabilities and Chaos in Flow between Rotating Cylinders

date January 30, 1985
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Wednesday, January 30, 1985 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Randall Tagg
Research Fellow
Department of Physics
The University of Texas at Austin

Fluid flow between coaxial rotating cylinders presents a problem rich in ways to test our understanding of the dynamics of systems governed by nonlinear equations. A review will be given, from an experimentalist’s point of view, of the instabilities which occur in this flow geometry and of the quantitative methods used for comparison to the theory of hydrodynamic stability and to numerical simulation. The use of experimental data in recently developed techniques for quantifying chaotic motion will also be discussed.