Chaos, symmetry, and self-similarity: exploiting order and disorder in mixing processes
Fluid mixing is a successful application of chaos. Theory anticipates the coexistence of order and disorder-symmetry and chaos-as well as self-similarity and multifractality arising from repeated stretching and folding. Experiments and computations, in turn, provide a point of confluence and a visual analog for chaotic behavior, multiplicative processes, and scaling behavior. All these concepts have conceptual engineering counterparts: examples arise in the context of flow classification, design of mixing devices, enhancement of transport processes, and controlled structure formation in two-phase systems.
Jana, Sadhan, "Chaos, symmetry, and self-similarity: exploiting order and disorder in mixing processes" (1992). Polymer Engineering Faculty Research. 713.