Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rolling fractals: Thistles and leaves

An interesting fractal construction comes from rolling circles inside a stack of larger circles. This has been considered here and here... however I don't think these designs are the correct maths for proper conformal rolling circles. The equation I uses gives a different result.

For a set of nested circles of power 2 diameters, rolling with a constant roll contact point speed, in alternating directions I get this:
It is part of a set of fractals which are defined by the curvature ratio from parent to child. Here we see the family for ratios -4,-3,-2,  2, 3, 4.  (-1,0 and 1 are not fractals).

None of these fractals appear to self intersect.

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