Complexity of localised coherent structures in a boundary-layer flow

Authors: Khapko, T., Duguet, Y., Kreilos, T., Schlatter, P., Eckhardt, B., Henningson, D.S.H.
Document Type: Article
Pubstate: Published
Journal: Eur. Phys. J. E
Volume: 37   32
Year: 2014


We study numerically transitional coherent structures in a boundary-layer flow with homogeneous suction at the wall (the so-called asymptotic suction boundary layer ASBL). The dynamics restricted to the laminar-turbulent separatrix is investigated in a spanwise-extended domain that allows for robust localisation of all edge states. We work at fixed Reynolds number and study the edge states as a function of the streamwise period. We demonstrate the complex spatio-temporal dynamics of these localised states, which exhibits multistability and undergoes complex bifurcations leading from periodic to chaotic regimes. It is argued that in all regimes the dynamics restricted to the edge is essentially low-dimensional and non-extensive.