The Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics is comprised of researchers from the School of Mathematics and the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Research within the group is based upon the application of a combined approach of theoretical modelling, computation and detailed quantitative experimental investigations of nonlinear phenomena.
A symmetry breaking pattern switching phenomenon is observed in 2D granular media under compression. When the undeformed configuration on the left is compressed, rigid cylinders (white) form pairs, resulting from the buckling of columns of elastic cylinders (purple).
Granular fingering and segregation-mobility feedback
A bidisperse granular avalanche exhibits a frontal instability which evolves into levee-channelised 'fingers'.
Spin-over in a torus.
Snapshots of a simultaneous collisional boundary-layer breakdown in the cross section of a rotating fluid-filled torus following a change in the rotation rate.
Vibration-driven segregation of grains.
Segregation of a thin layer of a mixture of polystyrene beads and '100's and 1000's' under vibration.
Viscous fingering under an elastic membrane.
Above a critical flow rate of air injection into a oil-filled elastic cell, the interface becomes unstable and an unusual fingering pattern develops.