We briefly study turbulence in open flow systems in the context of concepts developed in studies of chaotic dynamical systems. Although several flows have been examined, particular attention will be focussed on the question of transition to turbulence in coiled pipes; some degree of correspondence with the Ruelle-Takens-Newhouse route to chaos is indicated. Using the Grassberger-Procaccia algorithm, the dimension of the attractor for velocity signals during and immediately after transition to turbulence has been computed. Our results, such as they are, indicate that the dimension is relatively low. Brief comments will be made on the difficulties of computing the dimension, as well as on the relevance of strange-attractor theory to fully-developed turbulence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Turbulence and chaotic phenomena in fluids|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1984|
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