Applied Scientific Research

, Volume 51, Issue 1–2, pp 3–7

The vorton method

Theory and applications to fluid mechanics
  • A. J. Q. Alkemade
  • F. T. M. Nieuwstadt
  • E. van Groesen
Chapter I: Dynamical Systems And Transition

DOI: 10.1007/BF01082505

Cite this article as:
Alkemade, A.J.Q., Nieuwstadt, F.T.M. & van Groesen, E. Appl. Sci. Res. (1993) 51: 3. doi:10.1007/BF01082505


After a general introduction to the vorton method, which is a vortex method resembling the 2-D point-vortex method, a set of equations describing dynamics of 3-D vortex singularities (vortons) is derived, avoiding the inconsistency in the derivation of other vorton equations which have been applied. Though inviscid, numerical simulations show reconnection phenomena.

Key words

vortex methods vorton method reconnection 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Q. Alkemade
    • 1
  • F. T. M. Nieuwstadt
    • 1
  • E. van Groesen
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory for Aero- and HydrodynamicsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Applied MathematicsUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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