High-dimensional chaos cab lead to weak turbulence

One of the outstanding unresolved questions of nonlinear dynamics is the relationship between chaos and turbulence. This is a deep and difficult question, not the least reason being that the definitions of 'chaos' and 'turbulence' are not universally agreed upon. Here we define chaos as the time history of a single descriptor of a deterministic dynamical system which undergoes a loss of temporal correlation with a change in some system parameter and that displays sensitivity to initial conditions. Turbulence is defined as the time history of the spatial distribution of a deterministic dynamical system which undergoes a loss of temporal and (subsequently) spatial correlation with a change in some system parameter(s). By analogy and numerical simulation it is argued that turbulence can be a consequence of multi-mode interaction of individually chaotic modes. The physical system used here is a fluttering panel in a supersonic airstream.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reynolds, RR; Virgin, LN; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • 1993

Published In

  • Nonlinear Dynamics

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 531 - 546

Citation Source

  • SciVal