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Shear-flow-controlled mode selection in a nonlinear autocatalytic medium
The effect of shear flow on mode selection and the length scale of patterns formed in a nonlinear autocatalytic reaction-diffusion model is investigated. We predict analytically the existence of transverse and longitudinal modes. The type of the selected mode strongly depends on the difference in the flow rates of the participating species, quantified by the differential flow parameter. Spatial structures are obtained by varying the length scale of individual modes and superposing them via the differential flow parameter. Our predictions are in line with numerical results obtained from lattice Boltzmann simulations.