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SMP 10/20/12 | How Flexible Bodies Move and Interact in Fluids | Speaker: Silas Alben

Saturday, October 20, 2012
4:00 AM
170 & 182 Dennison Building

Swimming fish use a wide range of body and fin motions to propel themselves through fluids. Professor Alben and collaborators study the motions of a generic type of fish body--a flexible sheet--in a fluid. They use computer simulations and laboratory experiments to understand the basic physics of these fluid-structure interactions. Professor Alben will discuss the attraction of flexible bodies to vortices, and how multiple flexible bodies can interact through their vortex wakes.