5. On Vortex Motion

Tait
1884 Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh  
This paper contained a discussion of the consequences of theassumptionof continuity of motion throughout a perfect fluid; one of the bases of von Helmholtz's grand investigation, on which W. Thomson founded his theory of vortex-atoms. It is entirely on the assumed absence of finite slip that von Helmlioltz deduces the action of a rotating element on any other element of the fluid, and that Thomson calculates the action of one vortex-atom or part of such an atom on another atom, or on the
more » ... m, or on the remainder of itself. The creation of a single vortex-atom, in the sense in which it is defined by Thomson, involves action applied simultaneously to all parts of the fluid mass, not to the rotating portion alone.
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