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2018 Abstracts

Axisymmetric Turbulent Wake Development

Kyle Hakes; Heather Erickson, Brigham Young University

Wakes behind objects moving in a fluid, such as a car, submarine, or airplane, are often unseen but cause drag on the object, increasing the force necessary to propel it forward. An improvement in the understanding of wake dynamics can improve building and vehicle construction to reduce drag. Computational evidence that shows an improvement to the previously accepted model has been presented, but not confirmed. Experimental confirmation of these simulations will improve the general understanding of wake dynamics.