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Chaotic wave dynamics in weakly magnetized spherical Couette flows

Garcia Gonzalez, F.; Seilmayer, M.; Giesecke, A.; Stefani, F.

Direct numerical simulations of a liquid metal filling the gap between two concentric spheres are presented. The flow is governed by the interplay between the rotation of the inner sphere (measured by the Reynolds number Re) and a weak externally applied axial magnetic field (measured by the Hartmann number Ha). By varying the latter, a rich variety of flow features, both in terms of spatial symmetry and temporal dependence, is obtained. Flows with two or three independent frequencies describing their time evolution are found as a result of Hopf bifurcations. They are stable on a sufficiently large interval of Hartmann numbers where regions of multistability of two, three, and even four types of these different flows are detected. The temporal character of the solutions is analyzed by means of an accurate frequency analysis and Poincaré sections. An unstable branch of flows undergoing a period doubling cascade and frequency locking of three-frequency solutions is described as well.

  • Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 30(2020), 043116
    Online First (2020) DOI: 10.1063/1.5140577


Publ.-Id: 32025