Drafting Flags

Wired Science has published a gallery of fluid dynamics photos and videos, several of which have been featured here previously. There’s some neat stuff there, well worth checking out. #

This image shows two flags oriented in line with a film flowing top to bottom. The second flag interrupts the wake of the first one, which reduces the drag experienced by the first flag and increases that on the second. This is called inverted drafting and occurs because the flags are passive objects that bend to every change in the flow. #

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