“Kármán Vortex Street”

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Although engineers often consider fluid mechanics through the lens of mathematics, that’s far from the only way to understand fluid physics. Today’s video is an alternative interpretation of a classic flow — the flow around a cylinder — created in a collaboration between dancers and engineers. The result is what they call a “physics-constrained dance improvisation” that shows how the flow changes as its speed increases. I love this concept! It highlights the visual and qualitative differences between flow states and maintains space for artistic creativity. Be sure to watch the full video! (Video and submission credit: J. Capecelatro et al.)

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