Dr. Vakhtang Putkaradze
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta
Geometric theory of garden hose dynamics
We derive a fully three-dimensional, geometrically exact theory for flexible tubes conveying fluid. The theory also incorporates the change of the cross-section available to the fluid motion during the dynamics, sometimes called collapsible tubes. Our approach is based on the symmetry-reduced, exact geometric description for elastic rods, coupled with the fluid transport and subject to the volume conservation constraint for the fluid. Using these methods, we derive the fully three dimensional equations of motion. We then proceed to the linear stability analysis and show that our theory introduces important corrections to previously derived results, both in the consistency at all wavelength and in the effects arising from the dynamical change of the cross-section. We also derive and analyze several analytical, fullynonlinear solutions of traveling wave type in two dimensions. Finally, we present results of preliminary experiments showing instability and re-stabilization elucidating the roles of rotation and boundary conditions. This research has been supported by NSERC and the University ofAlberta.
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