Stirring Faces

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This video features simulation of the laminar flow around a plate plunging sinusoidally in a quiescent flow. As the plate moves up and down, it mixes the fluid around it. This is visualized in several ways, beginning with the vorticity. Clockwise and anti-clockwise vortices are shed by the edges of the plate as it moves. The flow is also visualized using particle trajectories, which are classified by their tendency to accumulate (attract) or lose (repel) particles. These trajectories are particularly intriguing to watch develop as they appear to show ornate faces and designs. (Video credit: S. L. Brunton and C. W. Rowley)

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