Flapping dynamics of a flexible filament

H. Ait Abderrahmane, M. P. Paidoussis, M. Fayed, H. D. Ng

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27 Scopus citations


This paper investigates the dynamics of the flapping regime of a filament placed in a two-dimensional soap-film flow for different filament lengths and flow speeds. It was found that the onset of flapping is quasiperiodic, with the main flapping amplitude and frequency modulated by low-amplitude, low-frequency oscillation. At higher flow velocities, the oscillation becomes chaotic. The transition to chaos occurs via the quasiperiodic route to chaos. A new bistability phenomenon was discovered in which the system alternates between the stretched-straight and oscillatory states, which is here referred to as "switching oscillation." Unlike some previously reported forms of bistability, in this case the system alternates between the two states continuously, without any external perturbation.

Original languageBritish English
Article number066604
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2011


Dive into the research topics of 'Flapping dynamics of a flexible filament'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this