Vortices from a bluff body | Team Third | Tandralee

Vortices from a bluff body | Team Third | Tandralee

This image captures von Kármán vortices, a phenomenon resulting from fluid dynamics around a bluff body in a water pool. The photo was taken using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with a zoom lens.

Von Kármán vortices, named after physicist Theodore von Kármán, occur when water flows past a solid object, creating swirling patterns in its wake. However, in the case of this image, the body was moved while the water remained stagnant.


  • Roshko, A. (1955). “On the development of turbulent wakes from vortex streets.” NACA Technical Note, 1259.
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  • Cameron Sprenger
    Dec 14, 2023 11:43

    Very impressive flow that you were able to capture in this image. I like the editing you did because it simplifies the image down to just the form of the vorticities.

  • Rachel Marbaker
    Dec 7, 2023 09:40

    The contrast in this image is incredible – I especially like the nested appearance of the vortex on the far left. I know the technique for generating vortices was challenging – nice work!

  • Sarah Hartin
    Dec 4, 2023 11:27

    I think the way you edited the photo, I think it really emphasis the details of the flow.

  • Haotian Chen
    Dec 3, 2023 19:36

    I like these wonderful swirls displayed on a clean background.

  • Ari Matrajt Frid
    Dec 1, 2023 18:03

    This image is very cool because of its simplicity. It shows the physics perfectly while also looking good, nice job!

  • Corey Murphey
    Nov 29, 2023 13:15

    I like the dye color you chose; it creates a great gradient of color that really stands out against the backdrop. You can edit this image a bit further to make that background more of a true white. Otherwise, this is a great image of Von Karman vortices!


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