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A discontinuity in a system of ordinary differential equations can create allow that slides along the discontinuity locus. Prior to sliding, the flow may have collapsed onto the discontinuity, making the reverse flow non-unique, as happens when dry-friction causes objects to stick. Alternatively, a flow may slide along the discontinuity before escaping it at some indeterminable time, implying non-uniqueness in forward time. At a two-fold singularity these two behaviours are brought together, so that a single point may have multiple possible futures as well as histories. Two-folds are a generic consequence of discontinuities in three or more dimensions, and play an important role in both local and global dynamics. Despite this, until now nothing was known about two-fold singularities in systems of more than 3 dimensions. Here, the normal form of the two-fold is extended to higher dimensions, where we show that much of its lower dimensional dynamics survives. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- Engineering Mathematics Research Group
- DISCONTINUOUS VECTOR-FIELDS
- PIECEWISE-SMOOTH FLOWS
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1/08/12 → 1/08/16