Emergent dynamics in excitable flow systems Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2021

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 13


  • 062301


  • 103

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1539-3755

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2376


  • Flow networks can describe many natural and artificial systems. We present a model for a flow system that allows for volume accumulation, includes conduits with a nonlinear relation between current and pressure difference, and can be applied to networks of arbitrary topology. The model displays complex dynamics, including self-sustained oscillations in the absence of any dynamics in the inputs and outputs. In this work we analytically show the origin of self-sustained oscillations for the one-dimensional case. We numerically study the behavior of systems of arbitrary topology under different conditions: we discuss their excitability, the effect of different boundary conditions, and wave propagation when the network has regions of conduits with linear conductance.


  • Mathematics