From global to local bifurcations in a forced Taylor-Couette flow

V. Iranzo, F. Marques, Juan Lopez

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The unfolding due to imperfections of a gluing bifurcation occurring in a periodically forced Taylor-Couette system is analyzed numerically. In the absence of imperfections, a temporal glide-reflection Z2 symmetry exists, and two global bifurcations occur within a small region of parameter space: a heteroclinic bifurcation between two saddle two-tori and a gluing bifurcation of three-tori. As the imperfection parameter increase, these two global bifurcations collide, and all the global bifurcations become local (fold and Hopf bifurcations). This severely restricts the range of validity of the theoretical picture in the neighborhood of the gluing bifurcation considered, and has significant implications for the interpretation of experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-128
Number of pages14
JournalTheoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Gluing bifurcation
  • Periodic forcing
  • Symmetry breaking
  • Taylor-Couette flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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