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2004 Gallery - Team Project 1
For most of the semester, students were put in mixed teams of graduate and undergraduate, photography and engineering. The teams were given access to a range of flow visualization equipment and experiments, and were also encouraged to create their own apparatus. Students worked both as artist plus assistants, and in fully collaborative arrangements.
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Rick Silva, Lindsey Wohlman, Eric Larson

Pressure driven, bubbly two phase flow, recorded at 200 frames per second.
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Joshua Grages, Laurel Swift, Karl Hausmann

Butane lighter ignition by spark, recorded at 150 frames per second.
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Clay Corbett, Sarah Robinson, Bronwyn Hayworth

Saffman-Taylor instability in a Hele-Shaw cell. When viscous fluid is displaced by a less viscous fluid in a thin layer, a fingering instability forms.
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Sarah Robinson, Clay Corbett, Bronwyn Hayworth

Mixing with air bubbles in a Hele-Shaw cell. Food dye enhances Palmolive dish soap, which was displaced by Pantene shampoo.
 
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David Harbaugh, Jen Masini, Chris Fauble, Robin Parsons

Ethyl alcohol (95%) was poured down a 1 inch steel strip, then ignited.
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Jen Masini, David Harbaugh, Chris Fauble, Robin Parsons

Ethyl alcohol (95%) was poured down a Pyrex baking pan, then ignited.
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Chris Fauble, Jen Masini, David Harbaugh, Robin Parsons

Ethyl alcohol (95%) was poured over and beneath a Pyrex baking pan, then ignited. Viewed from above.
Robin Parsons, Chris Fauble, Jen Masini, David Harbaugh

More fun with ethyl alcohol (95%) and Pyrex.
   
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Brownwyn Hayworth, Sarah Robinson, Clay Corbett

Fog from an ultrasonic humidifier cascades down an inclined surface.
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Adrien Robert, Chris Wilke, Kerstin Lieff,Katina Butler

A fluorescent fabric softener (Kroger) displaced by corn syrup shows a Saffman-Taylor instability in a Hele Shaw cell.
Chris Wilke, Kerstin Lieff, Adrien Robert, Katina Butler

A fluorescent fabric softener (Kroger) displaced by air shows a Saffman-Taylor instability in a Hele Shaw cell
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Kerstin Lieff, Adrien Robert, Chris Wilke, Katina Butler

A fluorescent fabric softener (Kroger) displaced by air shows a Saffman-Taylor instability in a Hele Shaw cell.
   
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Katina Butler, Kerstin Lieff, Adrien Robert, Chris Wilke

A wall jet is visualized in a soap film tunnel, illuminated by diffuse sunlight.
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Karl Hausmann, Josh Grages, Laurel Swift

An oxy/acetylene torch impinges on a 3/8" iron cylinder
Laurel Swift, Karl Hausmann, Josh Grages

Dyed corn syrup displaced by air shows a Saffman-Taylor instability in a Hele Shaw cell.
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Matt Weber, Aaron Brown, Sascha Huges-Cayley, Marilyn Poon

A rheoscopic fluid shows turbulent shear patterns in the wake of a triangular body
   
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Team 5: Aaron Brown, Sascha Huges-Cayley, Marilyn Poon, Matt Weber

Boiling water, illuminated by colored floodlights
Team 5: Aaron Brown, Sascha Huges-Cayley, Marilyn Poon, Matt Weber

Mushroom-shaped bubbles are seen in boiling water.