Low-dimensional chaos in surface waves: Theoretical analysis of an experiment Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract A detailed theory of the appearance of low-dimensional chaos in a hydrodynamic system is presented. The system chosen has been subjected to a careful experimental study; it involves dynamics of surface waves in a cylinder of fluid which is oscillated vertically. All the major experimental findings are rationalized by the theory. It should be stressed that in addition to low-dimensional nonlinear evolution equations the theory results also in an approximate solution of the original partial differential equations.

publication date

  • October 1, 1986