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Routes to spatiotemporal chaos in the rheology of nematogenic fluids

Das, Moumita and Chakrabarti, Buddhapriya and Dasgupta, Chandan and Ramaswamy, Sriram and Sood, AK (2005) Routes to spatiotemporal chaos in the rheology of nematogenic fluids. In: Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 71 (2). 021707/1-021707/11.

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With a view to understanding the rheochaos observed in recent experiments in a variety of orientable fluids, we study numerically the equations of motion of the spatiotemporal evolution of the traceless symmetric order parameter of a sheared nematogenic fluid. In particular we establish, by decisive numerical tests, that the irregular oscillatory behavior seen in a region of parameter space where the nematic is not stably flow-aligning is in fact spatiotemporal chaos. We outline the dynamical phase diagram of the model and study the route to the chaotic state. We find that spatiotemporal chaos in this system sets in via a regime of spatiotemporal intermittency, with a power-law distribution of the widths of laminar regions, as in H. Chate and P. Manneville, Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 112 (1987). Further, the evolution of the histogram of band sizes shows a growing length scale as one moves from the chaotic towards the flow-aligned phase. Finally we suggest possible experiments in which one can observe the intriguing behaviors discussed here.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The Copyright belongs to American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Nagaraj Vaidya
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/5663

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