Competition of overstability and stabilizing effects in viscoelastic thermovibrational flow

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Attention is paid to a specific form of thermal convection which encompasses viscoelastic and thermovibrational effects in a single problem or framework. The main objective is understanding the relationship between the phenomenon of overstability and periodic forcing through numerical solution of the governing equations in their complete, time-dependent, and nonlinear form. Fluid motion is found for values of the control parameter one order of magnitude smaller than the threshold to be exceeded in the equivalent Newtonian case. When the disturbances saturate their amplitude, patterns emerge that are reminiscent of the superlattice structures typical of complex order. In the present case, such peculiar modes of convection are driven by the coexistence of two distinct spatial scales, each displaying a different temporal dependence, driven by the interplay of the time-varying (stabilizing or destabilizing) acceleration induced by vibrations and the ability of the fluid to store and release elastic energy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025102
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2021


  • competition
  • overstability
  • stabilizing effects
  • viscoelastic thermovibrational flow


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