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Karman Vortex Street

A photograph of dancers performing physics principles.

U-M dancers Claire He, Shea Carponter-Broderick and Olivia Johnson perform a “physics-constrained improvisation” titled Kármán Vortex Street inside the Duderstadt Building Video Studio on North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. on March 21, 2019. Supported by the University Musical Society and ArtsEngine, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jesse Capecelatro and choreographer Veronica Stanich created Kármán Vortex Street with a cast of nine trained dancers and eleven student volunteers for those who seek another entry point to fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics. In fluid dynamics, a Kármán vortex street (or a von Kármán vortex street) is a repeating pattern of swirling vortices, caused by a process known as vortex shedding, which is responsible for the unsteady separation of flow of a fluid around blunt bodies. Photo by Robert Coelius/Michigan Engineering, Communications & Marketing