Codimension-three bifurcations in a Bénard-Marangoni problem Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2013

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 4


  • 1 (015001)


  • 88

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1539-3755

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2376


  • This Brief Report studies the linear stability of a thermoconvective problem in an annular domain for relatively low (similar to 1) Prandtl (viscosity effects) and Biot (heat transfer) numbers. The four possible patterns for the instabilities, namely, hydrothermal waves of first and second class, longitudinal rolls, and corotating rolls, are present in a small region of the Biot-Prandtl plane. This region can be split in four zones, depending on the sort of instability found. The boundary of these four zones is composed of codimension-two points. Authors have also found two codimension-three points, where some of the former curves intersect. Results shown in this Brief Report clarify some reported experiments, predict new instabilities, and, by giving a deeper insight into how physical parameters affect bifurcations, open a gateway to control those instabilities.