Regular and Chaotic Dynamics

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 68–80 | Cite as

Interaction between Kirchhoff vortices and point vortices in an ideal fluid

  • A. V. Borisov
  • I. S. Mamaev
Research Articles


We consider the interaction of two vortex patches (elliptic Kirchhoff vortices) which move in an unbounded volume of an ideal incompressible fluid. A moment second-order model is used to describe the interaction. The case of integrability of a Kirchhoff vortex and a point vortex by the variable separation method is qualitatively analyzed. A new case of integrability of two Kirchhoff vortices is found. A reduced form of equations for two Kirchhoff vortices is proposed and used to analyze their regular and chaotic behavior.

MSC2000 numbers

37N05 76M23 

Key words

vortex patch point vortex integrability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Borisov
    • 1
  • I. S. Mamaev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUdmurt State UniversityIzhevskRussia

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