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2007 Gallery - Team Project 2
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.
Group Gamma: Amanda Barnes, Sean Hulings, Mu Hong Lin, Vanessa Ready, Brian Roche. A variety of combustion experiments.
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Amanda Barnes

A copper wire explodes in a torch flame, leaving trails.
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Sean Hulings

A grill dipped in zinc over an open flame.
Mu Hong Lin

A grill dipped in zinc over a flame, a torch pointed downward and a pool flame.

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Vanessa Ready

Pool flame colored purple by image processing.
Brian Roche

MAPP torch heating a steel mesh.
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Amanda Barnes

A burning plastic bag falls.
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Group Alpha: Gordon Browning, Tracy Eliasson, Travis Gaskill, Trisha Harrison, Owen Hnath. A rectangular tank, partially filled with water, was tipped on edge. Sunlight projected through the waters' edge to the ground, resulting in Moire interference patterns.
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Tracy Eliasson


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Travis Gaskill


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Owen Hnath


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Gordon Browning

An insect on the water surface, from above and below.
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Trisha Harrison


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Group Beta: Grant Crowley, Shane Fagan, Megan Firestone, Eli Luke, Kaite Mcnally. Obstructions were placed in an open channel flume, and viewed from the side.
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Eli Luke

Dye shows separated turbulent flow past an obstacle in a water tunnel.
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Megan Firestone

Dye shows separated turbulent flow past an obstacle in a water tunnel.
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Kaite Mcnally

During filling of a flume, a surge of water pours over an obstacle.
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Shane Fagan

Dye shows separated turbulent flow past an obstacle in a water tunnel.
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Grant Crowley

A drain vortex in a bottle, with the bottle erased.
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Group Delta: Phil Bollam, Justin Cohee, Erik Hansen, Barry Whittaker, Ray (Hsin Jui) Wu. Experiments with dye dropped into water, and CO2 bubbling up through water
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Justin Cohee

Subsidence of a Worthington jet, just after red food dye is dropped into water.
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Erik Hansen

Upside down view of food coloring dropped into water, seen from below..
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Phil Bollam

Sinking dye in water illustrates the Rayleigh-Taylor instability.
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Ray (Hsin Jui) Wu

Bubbles of water fog rise from a lump of dry ice underwater.
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Barry Whittaker

A rising bubble of CO2 nears the water surface.
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Group Zeta: Jake Dembeck, Robert Irmiger, and Christopher Miller worked with the open channel flume; David Levine and Brittany Moore worked independently.
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Robert Irmiger

Breaking waves form when a critical value in the velocity shear is reached.
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Jake Dembeck

Flow over a dam in a flume is twisted by surface tension.
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Christopher Miller

Dyed water flows over an obstacle in a flume, with background subtracted.
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David Levine

A boric acid and methanol mixture burns green, until WD-40 is added.
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Brittany Moore

Suminagashi ink floats on water, viewed from above.
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Group Epsilon: Geoff Duckworth, Brian Larsen and Mark Rizzuto imaged methanol combustion. Darwin Millard and Christopher Osborn worked with liquid oxygen combustion.
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Brian Larsen

Methanol burns inside a polycarbonate tube.
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Mark Rizzuto

Methanol burns inside a polycarbonate tube.
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Geoff Duckworth

Methanol burns inside a polycarbonate tube.
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Darwin Millard

Ice forms on a liquid nitrogen container.
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Christopher Osborn

A sample of lacing tape burns in liquid oxygen in an impact tester.
Video of LOX combustion
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Group Eta: Daniel Bodenstein, Brock Ewing, Joseph Graham, Christopher O'Loughlin

Model rocket engine exhaust impinges on a steel rod and an aluminum square tube.
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