Mean Field Limit of Interacting Filaments and Vector Valued Non-linear PDEs Article

Bessaih, H, Coghi, M, Flandoli, F. (2017). Mean Field Limit of Interacting Filaments and Vector Valued Non-linear PDEs . 166(5), 1276-1309. 10.1007/s10955-016-1706-6

cited authors

  • Bessaih, H; Coghi, M; Flandoli, F



  • Families of N interacting curves are considered, with long range, mean field type, interaction. They generalize models based on classical interacting point particles to models based on curves. In this new set-up, a mean field result is proven, as N→ ∞. The limit PDE is vector valued and, in the limit, each curve interacts with a mean field solution of the PDE. This target is reached by a careful formulation of curves and weak solutions of the PDE which makes use of 1-currents and their topologies. The main results are based on the analysis of a nonlinear Lagrangian-type flow equation. Most of the results are deterministic; as a by-product, when the initial conditions are given by families of independent random curves, we prove a propagation of chaos result. The results are local in time for general interaction kernel, global in time under some additional restriction. Our main motivation is the approximation of 3D-inviscid flow dynamics by the interacting dynamics of a large number of vortex filaments, as observed in certain turbulent fluids; in this respect, the present paper is restricted to smoothed interaction kernels, instead of the true Biot–Savart kernel.

publication date

  • March 1, 2017

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 1276

end page

  • 1309


  • 166


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