Hidden dynamical variables in rotational flow of  barotropic fluid

Yuri A. Rylov

Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences
 101-1 ,Vernadskii Ave., Moscow, 119526, Russia
 email: rylov@ipmnet.ru
 Web site: http://gas-dyn.ipmnet.ru/~rylov/yrylov.htm

Updated Octoer 4, 2015


It is shown that for inviscid barotropic fluid the dynamic variables, namely the density $\rho $, the velocity $\mathbf{v}$ and the labelling of stream lines $\mathbf{\xi }$ form the complete system of dynamic variables only for irrotational flow. For vortical flow the complex fluid potential $\psi _{\alpha },$ $\alpha =1,2,..n$ (wave function) forms a complete set of dynamic variables for inviscid barotropic fluid. Initial values of variables $\rho ,\mathbf{v,}$and $\mathbf{\xi }$ do not determine initial values of $\psi $. For vortical flows solution of the Cauchy problem is unique only in the case, when the fluid is described in terms of complex fluid potential (wave function). Variables $\rho ,\mathbf{v,}$ and $\mathbf{\xi }$ are observable quantities, whereas the complex fluid potential $\psi $ is not an observable quantity. It generates some problems for description of the barotropic fluid in terms of observable dynamic variables..

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