Swirling Flows: More than Just Pretty Patterns in the Water [S-19-54]

Presenter: Byron Erath
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 10:00 AM 03/25

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The dynamics of unsteady water flows present many opportunities for extracting energy to power low-consumption devices such as structural health monitoring systems, aquatic animal tracking devices, etc. This course will explore how energy can be extracted from swirling flows (i.e. vortices). Emphasis will be placed on identifying the prevalence of vortices in nature, learning how they are formed, and understanding how the fundamental physics of vortex-structure interactions can be exploited to harvest energy from fluid environments.

When his teenage dream of being a professional bicycle racer failed to materialize (due to an embarrassing lack of talent), Byron Erath rethought his career goals and decided to pursue an education in fluid mechanics, motivated by his observation of how aerodynamics can have such a significant influence on something as simple as riding a bicycle. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University in 2012, where he performs research in the field of fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on fluid-structure interactions.

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