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Vortex formation in swarms of interacting particles

McInnes, C.R. (2007) Vortex formation in swarms of interacting particles. Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics, 75 (3). 032904-032907. ISSN 1063-651X

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Abstract

Vortexlike swarming behavior is observed in a wide range of biological systems. In the work reported here a discrete particle model is used to investigate the onset of such vortexlike behavior in a swarm of interacting particles. A constrained minimization of the total effective energy of the swarm of particles is performed, with the total angular momentum of the swarm conserved. It is shown that the emergence of vortexlike behavior can then be viewed as a constrained minimum energy configuration which the swarm relaxes into.

Item type: Article
ID code: 6601
Keywords: pattern formation, biology, particle model, vortex, power systems, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008
    Last modified: 29 May 2012 10:01
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6601

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