Chemical patterns in translating vortices: Inter- and intra-cellular mixing effects

Antoine Vallatos, Rhys Evans, Barnaby W. Thompson, Annette F. Taylor, Melanie M. Britton*

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Stationary chemical patterns-flow distributed oscillations (FDOs)-are obtained when the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction is coupled with translating vortex flow in a Vortex Flow Reactor. For certain conditions, the FDOs are unstable with the observation of disappearing bands or complex patterns. The transitions between modes of pattern formation are reproduced in a modified Oregonator model consisting of two-zone cells connected in series. We show that increasing inter-cellular mixing of the outer zones results in a transition from FDO to absolute instabilities (AI) and increasing intra-cellular mixing between the core and outer zones can drive the reverse transition between modes (AI to FDO).

Original languageEnglish
Article number023115
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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