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Volume 4, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 4, 125–136, 1997
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-4-125-1997
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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 4, 125–136, 1997
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-4-125-1997
© Author(s) 1997. This work is licensed under
the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

  30 Sep 1997

30 Sep 1997

Lagrangian transport and chaos in the near wake of the flow around an obstacle: a numerical implementation of lobe dynamics

J. Duan1 and S. Wiggins2,* J. Duan and S. Wiggins
  • 1Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634
  • 2Control and Dynamical Systems, 107-81, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125
  • *This research was supported by ONR Grant No. N00014-97-1-0071

Abstract. In this paper we study Lagrangian transport in the near wake of the flow around an obstacle, which we take to be a cylinder. In this case, for the range of Reynolds numbers investigated, the flow is two-dimensional and time periodic. We use ideas and methods from transport theory in dynamical systems to describe and quantify transport in the near wake. We numerically solve the Navier-Stokes equations for the velocity field and apply these methods to the resulting numerical representation of the velocity field. We show that the method of lobe dynamics can be used in conjunction with computational fluid dynamics methods to give very detailed and quantitative information about Lagrangian transport. In particular, we show how the stable and unstable manifolds of certain saddle-type stagnation points on the cylinder, and one in the wake, can be used to divide the flow into three distinct regions, an upper wake, a lower wake, and a wake cavity. The significance of the division using stable and unstable manifolds lies in the fact that these invariant manifolds form a template on which the transport occurs. Using this, we compute fluxes from the upper and lower wakes into the wake cavity using the associated turnstile lobes. We also compute escape time distributions as well as compare transport properties for two different Reynolds numbers.

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