Periodic states in intermittent pipe flows: Experiment and model

Dimitris Stassinopoulos, Jun Zhang, Preben Alstrøm, Mogens T. Levinsen

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We report an experimental study of a transition to periodic intermittency in pressure-driven pipe flows. The transition is preceded by a rapid increase of the intermittency factor with pressure. To model intermittent pressure-driven flows, we introduce a general model, where a fifth-order Ginzburg-Landau equation is coupled with a pressure-velocity relation that takes into account the frictional effect of the turbulence on the flow velocity. We determine the phase diagram and show that the model gives a qualitative understanding of the transition to periodic intermittency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1189-1193
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Stassinopoulos, D., Zhang, J., Alstrøm, P., & Levinsen, M. T. (1994). Periodic states in intermittent pipe flows: Experiment and model. Physical Review E, 50(2), 1189-1193.