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2004 Gallery - Team Project 3
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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Chris Wilke, Katina Butler, Kerstin Lieff, Adrien Robert

Liquid detergent applied to the surface of dyed milk creates a surface tension driven flow.
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Joshua Grages

Turbulent spray combustion is illustrated by ignition of a plume of WD-40.
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Bronwyn Hayworth, Clay Corbett, Sarah Robinson

Color schlieren shows regions of steep temperature (density) gradients as a blowtorch impinges on a metal shovel.
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Clay Corbett, Bronwyn Hayworth, Sarah Robinson

A Color schlieren image of a buoyant plume.
 
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Sarah Robinson

A bubble of glass being heated by a propane-oxygen torch.
Karl Hausmann

A Coanda effect curves an oxy/acetylene torch impinging on a 3/8" iron cylinder.
Lindsey Wohlman, Rick Silva, Eric Larson

Room air currents are visualized with stage fog and illuminated with a sheet of laser light.
Laurel Swift, Karl Hausmann, Joshua Grages, Lauren Courtney

Positive buoyancy of red food coloring in a strong sucrose/water solution.
   
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Aaron Brown, Matt Weber, Marilyn Poon, Sascha Hughes-Caley

A 2 foot soap bubble, outdoors.
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Chris Fauble, David Harbaugh, Jennifer Masini, Robin Parsons

An elliptic vortex ring, oscillates several times before impinging on a wall. It was visualized with stage fog, puffed out of a box through a 3" X 5.5" oval hole.
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