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2006 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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Chris Bonhila, Grant Bovee, James Palmer, Dustin Scaplo

A balloon filled with honey was punctured from below, and filmed with a high-speed camera at 400 frames/sec.
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James Palmer, Chris Bonhila, Grant Bovee, Dustin Scaplo

A water balloon with a small air space on top was popped from below, and shot at 500 frames/sec.
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Molly Selting, Hwapyong Ko, Chris Skallerud

Pulses of flame wash across a paper plate as rubbing alcohol burns.
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Geneva Wilkesanders

An unsteady diffusion flame develops above a pool of rubbing alcohol.
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Tim Read, Tanner Ladtkow, Andrea Fabri

Alcohol beads up on a thin substrate of oil, then collects and drains to the side in this color-reversed image.
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Kaleena Menke, Gopi Krishnan

Water injected into a thin layer of corn syrup in a Hele Shaw cell results in fingering from the Saffman-Taylor instability. A 'Glowing Edges' digital filter highlights the interface between the fluids.
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Andrea Fabri, Tanner Ladtkow, Tim Read

Dyed rubbing alcohol injected into a thin layer of corn syrup in a Hele Shaw cell results in fingering from the Saffman-Taylor instability.
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Tanner Ladtkow, Andrea Fabri, Tim Read

Rubbing alcohol dyed with fluorescent laundry detergent was injected into a thin layer of pancake syrup in a Hele Shaw cell, resulting in fingering from the Saffman-Taylor instability.
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Mike Demmons, Tanner Ladtkow, Andrea Fabri, Tim Read, Kaleena Menke, Gopi Krishnan,

Air was injected into fluorescent laundry detergent (Tide) in a Hele Shaw cell, resulting in fingering from the Saffman-Taylor instability.
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Nigel Gorbold, Lok Kin Lee, Christopher McCray, Taylor Simonson, Melissa Talmage

A jet in crossflow exhibits a shear instability. Visualized with dye in a flume.
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Melissa Talmage, Nigel Gorbold, Lok Kin lee, Christopher McCray, Taylor Simonson

A low-speed jet in crossflow is caught in a recirculation zone. Visualized with dye in a flume.
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Chris Kuhn, Tyler Harrison, Chris Ostoich

A turbulent vortex ring (87 mm diameter) leaves a trail of fluid. Visualized with stage fog, and the background was subtracted digitally.
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Ryan Mansfield, Chris Kuhn, Tyler Harrison, Chris Ostoich, Jake Lilevjen

A turbulent vortex ring (87 mm diameter) leaves a trail of fluid. Visualized with stage fog, and the background was subtracted digitally.
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Jake Lilevjen

Motor oil floating on water runoff from a street after a snowstorm.
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