Swimming in an inviscid fluid

  • Eva KansoEmail author
Original Article


We present a set of equations governing the motion of a body due to prescribed shape changes in an inviscid, planar fluid with nonzero vorticity. The derived equations, when neglecting vorticity, reduce to the model developed in Kanso et al. (J Nonlinear Sci 15:255–289, 2005) for swimming in potential flow, and are also consistent with the models developed in Borisov et al. (J Math Phys 48:1–9, 2007), Kanso and Oskouei (J Fluid Mech 800:77–94, 2008), Shasikanth et al. (Phys Fluids 14(3):1214–1227, 2002) for a rigid body interacting dynamically with point vortices. The effects of cyclic shape changes and the presence of vorticity on the locomotion of a submerged body are discussed through examples.


Swimming Dynamics Vorticity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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