Using a Fractal Program to Model Vortical Flows

L. Kerry Mitchell and Janet Parke
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2004)
Pages 173–180


While extraordinarily complex in their physics, vortices have always been a part of human culture. This work presents a technique for simulating vortical flows using a fractal program on a personal computer. The resulting flows model real flows in some respects and demonstrate periodicity, chaos, and fractal structures. Also, the aesthetic interest of vortical flows introduces an opportunity for the artist to go beyond the spirals typically found in fractal art.