Vortex formation in swarms of interacting particles

McInnes, C. R. (2007) Vortex formation in swarms of interacting particles. Physical Review E, 75(032904), (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.75.032904)

McInnes, C. R. (2007) Vortex formation in swarms of interacting particles. Physical Review E, 75(032904), (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.75.032904)

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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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Physical Review E
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1539-3755
ISSN (Online):1550-2376

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