Helen, before we knew her

Helen, before we knew her

Postgraduate colloquium, February 2017

Helen is abducted by Theseus and Pirithous, and is led away dancing (Pelagio Palagi, 1814)

Theseus slew the minotaur and fled Crete to take his place, through misfortune, as king of Athens.  In time, his path crossed with that of Helen of Sparta, daughter of Zeus, later Helen of Troy.  And thus she was separated from her home for the first time…

The consequences of flow separation in aerodynamics are usually to be avoided.  In this talk, we’ll see why it happens and what its effects are, before moving on to study the separation of the boundary layer for flow over a bump.  But who, exactly, will be our Dioskouroi?