Vortex identification methods

  • Date:
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Address:
    Sokolovská 83, Praha
  • Room: K3
  • Speaker: Marek Pátý

Vortices belong to the most fundamental flow structures in fluid dynamics. They can improve airflow around an F1 car, aid combustion in jet engines, but also cause a bridge to collapse or demolish entire towns. Their importance in fluid flows has been known to us for a long time, as evidenced by Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of vortices in the aorta. Even a small child has an intuitive understanding of what a vortex is, yet there is no universally accepted rigorous mathematical definition. The ambition of this talk is to introduce the concept of a vortex and provide a brief overview of methods used for its identification and description.