Bound Vortex

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Bound Vortex


a vortex that is considered to be tightly associated with the body around which a liquid or gas flows, and equivalent with respect to the magnitude of speed circulation to the real vorticity that forms in the boundary layer owing to viscosity.

In calculations of the lift of a wing of infinite span, the wing can be replaced by a bound vortex that has a rectilinear axis and generates in the surrounding medium the same circulation as that generated by the real wing. In the case of a wing of finite span, the bound vortex continues into the surrounding medium in the form of free vortices. Knowledge of the vortex system of a wing permits calculation of the aerodynamic forces acting upon the wing. In particular, the interaction between bound and free vortices gives rise to the induced drag of the wing. The idea of the bound vortex was made use of by N. E. Zhukovskii in the theory of the wing and the screw propeller.


Zhukovskii, N. E. “O prisoedinennykh vikhriakh.” Izbr. soch., vol. 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1948.
Zhukovskii, N. E. Vikhrevaia teoriia grebnogo vinta. Moscow-Leningrad, 1950.
Loitsianskii, L. G. Mekhanika zhidkosti i gaza, 4th ed. Moscow, 1973.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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According to the classical Prandtl's lifting-line theory, the bound vortex is located along the quarter chord, and the trailing vortex is parallel to the x-axis along the free-stream velocity, as shown in Figure 1.
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