A steady flow through a segment of externally pressurized, collapsible tube can become unstable to a wide variety of self-excited oscillations of the internal flow and tube walls. A simple, one-dimensional model of the conventional laboratory apparatus, which has been shown previously to predict steady flows and multiple modes of oscillation, is investigated numerically here. Large amplitude oscillations are shown to have a relaxation structure, and the nonlinear interaction between different modes is shown to give rise to quasiperiodic and apparently aperiodic behavior. These predictions are shown to compare favorably with experimental observations.

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