Coupled KS-CGL and coupled Burgers-CGL equations for flames governed by a sequential reaction

A. A. Golovin*, B. J. Matkowsky, A. Bayliss, A. A. Nepomnyashchy

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We consider the nonlinear evolution of the coupled long-scale oscillatory and monotonic instabilities of a uniformly propagating combustion wave governed by a sequential chemical reaction, having two flame fronts corresponding to two reaction zones with a finite separation distance between them. We derive a system of coupled complex Ginzburg-Landau and Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equations that describes the interaction between the excited monotonie mode and the excited or damped oscillatory mode, as well as a system of complex Ginzburg-Landau and Burgers equations describing the interaction of the excited oscillatory mode and the damped monotonie mode. The coupled systems are then studied, both analytically and numerically. The solutions of the coupled equations exhibit a rich variety of spatio-temporal behavior in the form of modulated standing and traveling waves, blinking states, traveling blinking states, intermittent states, heteroclinic cycles, strange attractors, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-298
Number of pages46
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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