Lubricated pipelining: Stability of core-annular flow. part 4. ginzburg-landau equations

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Nonlinear stability of core-annular flow near points of the neutral curves at which perfect core-annular flow loses stability is studied using Ginzburg-Landau equations. Most of the core-annular flows are always unstable. Therefore the set of core-annular flows having critical Reynolds numbers is small, so that the set of flows for which our analysis applies is small. An efficient and accurate algorithm for computing all the coefficients of the Ginzburg-Landau equation is implemented. The nonlinear flows seen in the experiments do not appear to be modulations of monochromatic waves, and we see no evidence for soliton-like structures. We explore the bifurcation structure of finite-amplitude monochromatic waves at criticality. The bifurcation theory is consistent with observations in some of the flow cases to which it applies and is not inconsistent in the other cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-615
Number of pages29
Journaljournal of fluid mechanics
StatePublished - Jun 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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