Degenerate cases of stability loss of an elastic fluid-conveying tube



The two-dimensional non-linear dynamics of a liquid-filled tube is considered. The tube is clamped at the upper end, a point mass is fixed to its free lower end and laterally it is supported by two springs. The uniform flow velocity of the fluid, the end mass, the spring constant and the vertical position of the springs are considered as the distinguished parameters of the problem. A linear stability analysis shows that the (degenerate) case of a Takens-Bogdanov-Hopf bifurcation exists, which is associated with a high frequency flutter movement superimposed on a low frequency flutter around a statically buckled state of the tube. We account for this degenerate case by indicating the parameter regime necessary for its occurence and and give the bifurcation diagram for the trivial equilibrium position of the tube. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)