Visualization of three-dimensional chaos

G. O. Fountain, D. V. Khakhar, J. M. Ottino*

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Most chaotic mixing experiments have been restricted to two- dimensional, time-periodic flows, and this has shaped advances in theory as well. A proto-typical, bounded, three-dimensional flow with a moderate Reynolds number is presented; this system lends itself to detailed experimental observation and allows for high-precision computational inspection. The flow structure, captured by means of cuts with a laser sheet (experimental Poincare section), was visualized with the use of continuously injected fluorescent dye streams and revealed detailed chaotic structures with high-period islands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-686
Number of pages4
Issue number5377
StatePublished - Jul 31 1998

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