Flapping Foil Wake

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This gorgeous visualization shows the flow behind a flapping foil. Flow in the water tunnel is from right to left, with dye introduced to show streamlines. A flapping foil is a good base model for most flapping flight as well as finned swimming – anything that oscillates to create thrust. As the foil flaps, vorticity is generated and shed along the trailing edge, creating a regularly patterned wake of trailing vortices. (Video credit: R. Godoy-Diana)

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