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).
Numerical bifurcation tracking.
Contours of axial velocity for the flow past a cylindrical obstacle in a channel (top). A Hopf bifurcation occurs at Re ≈ 92, and the contours of the axial velocity for the critical eigenfunction (bottom) illustrate the complex downstream structure that must be resolved to accurately determine the location of the bifurcation.
Granular shocks in shallow free-surface flows
Granular avalanches exhibit discontinuous shocks and bores with complex interaction dynamics.
Vibration-driven segregation of grains.
Segregation of a thin layer of a mixture of polystyrene beads and '100's and 1000's' under vibration.
Bubbles propagating through expansions and contractions:
Semi-infinite and finite bubbles, propagating through a fluid filled channel of varying geometries. These have applications in microfluidics and the hydrocarbon industry.