Transitions to chaos in the wake of an axisymmetric bluff body

Abstract : This letter aims at understanding the dynamical process that leads to the onset of chaos in the flow past a blunt-based axisymmetric bluff body. On the basis of direct numerical simulations, conducted for Reynolds numbers ranging from 100 to 900, we show that the flow undergoes multiple transitions, successively giving rise to the SS, RSPa, RSPb, RSPc and RSB wake states. In particular, the RSPc state, revealed in this work via long-term computations, is characterized by intermittent vortex stretching denoting the onset of chaos before the symmetry breaking and the occurence of the RSB state.
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Yannick Bury, Thierry Jardin. Transitions to chaos in the wake of an axisymmetric bluff body. Physics Letters A, Elsevier, 2012, vol. 376, pp. 3219-3222. ⟨10.1016/j.physleta.2012.09.011⟩. ⟨hal-00781680⟩

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