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Joris Vankerschaver

M/C 107-81, Pasadena, CA 91125-8100, USA
Krijgslaan 281, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology
Dept. of Mathematical Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University


Vankerschaver J., Kanso E., Marsden J. E.
The dynamics of a rigid body in potential flow with circulation
2010, vol. 15, no. 4-5, pp.  606-629
We consider the motion of a two-dimensional body of arbitrary shape in a planar irrotational, incompressible fluid with a given amount of circulation around the body. We derive the equations of motion for this system by performing symplectic reduction with respect to the group of volume-preserving diffeomorphisms and obtain the relevant Poisson structures after a further Poisson reduction with respect to the group of translations and rotations. In this way, we recover the equations of motion given for this system by Chaplygin and Lamb, and we give a geometric interpretation for the Kutta–Zhukowski force as a curvature-related effect. In addition, we show that the motion of a rigid body with circulation can be understood as a geodesic flow on a central extension of the special Euclidian group $SE(2)$, and we relate the cocycle in the description of this central extension to a certain curvature tensor.
Keywords: fluid-structure interactions, potential flow, circulation, symplectic reduction, diffeomorphism groups, oscillator group
Citation: Vankerschaver J., Kanso E., Marsden J. E.,  The dynamics of a rigid body in potential flow with circulation, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2010, vol. 15, no. 4-5, pp. 606-629

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