Phenomena

Von Karman Vortex Streets

The wake of a cylinder is a series of alternating vortices shed as the flow moves past. This distinctive pattern is known as a von Karman vortex street. The speed of the flow and the size of the cylinder determine how often vortices are shed. Incredibly, this pattern appears at scales ranging from the laboratory demo all the way to the wakes of islands. Von Karman vortex streets can even be seen from space. (Image credit: R. Gontijo and W. Cerqueira, source video)

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