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Entrapping of a vortex pair interacting with a fixed point vortex revisited. I. Point vortices

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Konstantin V. Koshel, Jean N. Reinaud, Giogio Riccardi, Eugene A. Ryzhov

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The problem of a pair of point vortices impinging on a fixed point vortex of arbitrary strengths [E. Ryzhov and K. Koshel, “Dynamics of a vortex pair interacting with a fixed point vortex,” Europhys. Lett. 102, 44004 (2013)] is revisited and investigated comprehensively. Although the motion of a pair of point vortices is established to be regular, the model presents a plethora of possible bounded and unbounded solutions with complicated vortex trajectories. The initial classification [E. Ryzhov and K. Koshel, “Dynamics of a vortex pair interacting with a fixed point vortex,” Europhys. Lett. 102, 44004 (2013)] revealed that a pair could be compelled to perform bounded or unbounded motion without giving a full classification of either of those dynamical regimes. The present work capitalizes upon the previous results and introduces a finer classification with a multitude of possible regimes of motion. The regimes of bounded motion for the vortex pair entrapped near the fixed vortex or of unbounded motion, when the vortex pair moves away from the fixed vortex, can be categorized by varying the two governing parameters: (i) the ratio of the distances between the pair’s vortices and the fixed vortex and (ii) the ratio of the strengths of the vortices of the pair and the strength of the fixed vortex. In particular, a bounded motion regime where one of the pair’s vortices does not rotate about the fixed vortex is revealed. In this case, only one of the pair’s vortices rotates about the fixed vortex, while the other oscillates at a certain distance. Extending the results obtained with the point-vortex model to an equivalent model of finite size vortices is the focus of Paper II [J. N. Reinaud et al., “Entrapping of a vortex pair interacting with a fixed point vortex revisited. II. Finite size vortices and the effect of deformation,” Phys. Fluids 30, 096604 (2018)].
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Original languageEnglish
Article number096603
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Volume30
Issue number9
Early online date28 Sep 2018
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Sep 2018

    Research areas

  • Point vortex, Vortex topography, Interaction, Vortex interaction

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