# The Centroid-Deformation Decomposition for Buoyant Vortex Patch Motion

The Centroid-Deformation Decomposition for Buoyant Vortex Patch Motion 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Regular and Chaotic Dynamics Springer Journals

# The Centroid-Deformation Decomposition for Buoyant Vortex Patch Motion

, Volume 26 (6) – Nov 1, 2021
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Springer Journals
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1560-3547
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1468-4845
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10.1134/s1560354721060010
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### Abstract

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.

### Journal

Regular and Chaotic DynamicsSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 1, 2021

Keywords: deforming buoyant vortex patch; translating vortex centroid; vortex sheet; buoyant point vortex

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