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2007 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, although each student was responsible for creative control of one image.
Group Alpha: Gordon Browning, Tracy Eliasson, Travis Gaskill, Trisha Harrison, Owen Hnath. These experiments were performed using shallow pools of liquid on top of a horizontal sheet of plexiglas, diffusely lit and heated from below.
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Trisha Harrison

Green food dye placed on corn syrup results in a fingering instability.
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Travis Gaskill

Green dye on corn syrup, with color inversion.
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Tracy Eliasson

Food coloring in a shallow brine solution, heated from below.
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Gordon Browning

Food coloring in a shallow brine solution, heated from below.
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Owen Hnath

Food coloring in a shallow brine solution, heated from below.
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Group Beta: Grant Crowley, Shane Fagan, Megan Firestone, Eli Luke, Kaite Mcnally. These experiments were also performed using shallow pools of liquid on top of a horizontal sheet of plexiglas, diffusely lit (and heated) from below.
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Eli Luke

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Megan Firestone

Food coloring layered on corn syrup.
Kaite Mcnally

Dyed water layers on corn syrup.
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Shane Fagan

Dyed water layers on corn syrup.
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Grant Crowley

Dyed water layers on corn syrup.
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Group Delta: Phil Bollam, Justin Cohee, Erik Hansen, Barry Whittaker, Ray (Hsin Jui) Wu. These experiments were performed in a Hele-Shaw flow cell, a narrow space between horizontal plexiglas sheets, viewed from above. The Saffman-Taylor fingering instability results when a less viscous fluid is injected into a more viscous fluid in the cell.
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Barry Whittaker

Saffman-Taylor instability causes fingering as air is injected into oil.
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Erik Hansen

Air was pulled into oil as the top glass of the cell was lifted.
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Ray (Hsin Jui) Wu

Dyed water injected into corn oil.
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Justin Cohee

Dyed water injected into canola oil.
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Phil Bollam

Food coloring was pulled into a pool of canola oil by surface tension.
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Group Epsilon: Geoff Duckworth, Brian Larsen, Darwin Millard, Christopher Osborn, Mark Rizzuto. This group experimented with soap films and fog. Colors are formed by interference in the thin soap films.
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Darwin Millard

Draining soap films change with time, thickening towards the bottom.
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Geoff Duckworth

Draining soap film.
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Mark Rizzuto

Draining soap film.
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Brian Larsen

High speed (600 fps) video of bubble collapse
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Christopher Osborn

Fun video clips with soap and fog.
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Group Eta: Daniel Bodenstein, Brock Ewing, Joseph Graham, Michael Long, Christopher O'Loughlin. This image shows the impact of Ky Jelly dropped onto a pool of India ink.
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Group Gamma: Amanda Barnes, Sean Hulings, Mu Hong Lin, Vanessa Ready, Brian Roche. A lump of dry ice was placed in a tank of water. The cold rising bubbles of carbon dioxide contain water vapor fog. The bubbles were photographed with a variety of lighting conditions.
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Group Zeta: Jake Dembeck, Robert Irmiger, David Levine, Christopher Miller, Brittany Moore. Combustion of WD-40, a lubricant spray, ignited by a candle flame.
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Christopher Miller

WD-40 flame compared to a sunset.
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Jake Dembeck

WD-40 flame.
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Brittany Moore

WD-40 flame ignited by a candle.
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Robert Irmiger

WD-40 flame.
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David Levine

Burning isopropyl alcohol floating on dish soap.
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