Chemical instability induced by a shear flow

Desiderio A. Vasquez

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A new type of shear induced instability in chemical systems was described. The instability was found to appear as the speed of the flow increased beyond a certain threshold. It was also found that such instability resulted in a steady pattern moving with the average fluid velocity. It was also shown that the pattern arises when the activator has a higher diffusivity that the inhibitor, which was contrary to Turing's instability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104501
Pages (from-to)104501-1-104501-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 3 Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


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