The Centroid-Deformation Decomposition for Buoyant Vortex Patch Motion

    2021, Volume 26, Number 6, pp.  577-599

    Author(s): Shashikanth B. N., Kidambi R.

    The motion of a two-dimensional buoyant vortex patch, i. e., a vortex patch with a uniform density different from the uniform density of the surrounding fluid, is analyzed in terms of evolution equations for the motion of its centroid, deformation of its boundary and the strength distribution of a vortex sheet which is essential to enforce pressure continuity across the boundary. The equations for the centroid are derived by a linear momentum analysis and that for the sheet strength distribution by applying Euler’s equations on the boundary, while the boundary deformation is studied in the centroid-fixed frame. A complicated coupled set of equations is obtained which, to the best of our knowledge, has not been derived before. The evolution of the sheet strength distribution is obtained as an integral equation. The equations are also discussed in the limit of a patch of vanishing size or a buoyant point vortex.
    Keywords: deforming buoyant vortex patch, translating vortex centroid, vortex sheet, buoyant point vortex
    Citation: Shashikanth B. N., Kidambi R., The Centroid-Deformation Decomposition for Buoyant Vortex Patch Motion, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2021, Volume 26, Number 6, pp. 577-599

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