Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 79–93 | Cite as

Complex transition to chaotic flow in a periodic array of cylinders

  • A. Fortin
  • M. Fortin
  • J. J. Gervais


This paper presents a numerical study of the transition to chaos of the flow of a Newtonian fluid in a periodic array of cylinders between two parallel walls. Using tools from dynamical system theory, we identify and characterize the different solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations at different values of the Reynolds number. We show that a very complex transition to chaos occurs for this problem where we first observe two incommensurate frequencies and then a frequency locking followed by a few period doublings following Feigenbaum's route to turbulence.


Dynamical System Reynolds Number System Theory Mathematical Method Newtonian Fluid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Fortin
    • 1
  • M. Fortin
    • 2
  • J. J. Gervais
    • 2
  1. 1.Départment de Mathématiques AppliquéesMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Département de Mathématiques et de StatistiquesUniversité LavalQuébecCanada

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