Unfolding of degenerate Hopf bifurcation for supersonic flow past a pitching wedge

N. Namachchivaya

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This paper investigates the stability and bifurcation behavior of a double-wedge aerofoil performing a pitching motion at high angles of attack. When a pair of complex conjugate eigenvalues crosses the imaginary axis of the eigenvalue plane, the trivial solution loses stability giving rise to a periodic solution, known as Hopf bifurcation, provided certain transversality conditions are not violated. The existence of degenerate Hopf bifurcation due to the violation of Hopf s transversality condition at certain critical values of the system parameters is shown. The behavior of the pitching motion near these critical values is examined by unfolding the degeneracies. For the supersonic double-wedge aerofoil, various parameters defining the bifurcation paths were numerically evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-418
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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