Routes to turbulence in Taylor–Couette flow


Fluid flows between rotating concentric cylinders exhibit two distinct routes to turbulence. In flows dominated by inner-cylinder rotation, a sequence of linear instabilities leads to temporally chaotic dynamics as the rotation speed is increased. The resulting flow patterns occupy the whole system and sequentially lose spatial symmetry and coherence in the transition process. In flows dominated by outercylinder rotation, the transition is abrupt and leads directly to turbulent flow regions that compete with laminar ones. We here review the main features of these two routes to turbulence. Bifurcation theory rationalises the origin of temporal chaos in both cases. However, the catastrophic transition of flows dominated by outer-cylinder rotation can only be understood by accounting for the spatial proliferation of turbulent regions with a statistical approach. We stress the role of the rotation number (the ratio of Coriolis to inertial forces) and show that it determines the lower border for the existence of intermittent laminar-turbulent patterns.

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Creator Feldmann, Daniel ORCID logo; Borrero-Echeverry, Daniel; Burin, Michael J; Avila, Kerstin; Avila, Marc ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2023
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
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Discipline Dynamical Systems; Mathematics; Natural Sciences