Picture of a sphere with binary code

Making Strathclyde research discoverable to the world...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It exposes Strathclyde's world leading Open Access research to many of the world's leading resource discovery tools, and from there onto the screens of researchers around the world.

Explore Strathclyde Open Access research content

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

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

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.