How Flexible Bodies Move and Interact in Fluids


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  • Speaker: Silas Alben (U-M Mathematics)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 10/20/2012
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: 170 & 182 Dennison Building

  • Description:

    Swimming fish use a wide range of body and fin motions to propel themselves through fluids. Professor Alben and collaborators study the motions of a generic type of fish body--a flexible sheet--in a fluid. They use computer simulations and laboratory experiments to understand the basic physics of these fluid-structure interactions. Professor Alben will discuss the attraction of flexible bodies to vortices, and how multiple flexible bodies can interact through their vortex wakes.

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