Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics , Volume 6, Number 3, p.293-316 (2014)



Hysteresis, period-2 oscillations, Rijke tube, Subcritical Hopf bifurcation


The influence of system parameters such as heater power, heater location and mass flow rate on the hysteresis characteristics of a horizontal Rijke tube is presented in this paper. It is observed that a hysteresis zone is present for all the mass flow rates considered in the present study. A power law relation is established between the non-dimensional hysteresis width and the Strouhal number, defined as the ratio between convective time scale and acoustic time scale. The transition to instability in a horizontal Rijke tube is found to be subcritical in all the experiments performed in this study. When heater location is chosen as the control parameter, period-2 oscillations are found for specific values of mass flow rate and heater power

Cite this Research Publication

E. A. Gopalakrishnan and Sujith, R. I., “Influence of System Parameters on the Hysteresis Characteristics of a Horizontal Rijke Tube”, International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics , vol. 6, pp. 293-316, 2014.