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For their first assignment, students were encouraged to explore everyday fluid dynamics such as plumes of food coloring, flames, and smoke.



Ben Bishop

Sideways view of a 6 inch diameter pool of methanol burning
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Kevin McCoy

A turbulent premixed oxy-acetylene flame.
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Kane Chinnel

A plume of burning hairspray impinges on a hairspray-soaked grapefruit.
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Ryan Thorpe

A plume of burning hairspray impinges on a hairspray-soaked grapefruit.
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Loren Heiman

A flaming plume from a modified lighter.
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Worlds Colliding
James Kostrzewa

A layer of rubbing alcohol burns on top of vegetable oil, on top of dyed boiling water in a pot on a stove.
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Kenny Grosvenor

A spray of flaming WD-40.
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Lucy Dean

The fountain produced by Mentos in a bottle of Diet Coke.
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Spencer Rich

Laminar smoke plume from a human transitions to turbulence.
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James McNeill

Downward moving stage fog is deflected upwards by a heated plume above a light fixture.
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Matthew Blessinger

Blowing across the top of a straw creates a spray.
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Larissa Rhodes

Movie

Leidenfrost: film boiling below water droplets creates an insulating and lubricating layer of gas.
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Corey Davis

Water droplets bead up on a CD and refract the light diffracted by the CD.
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Chris Bonilha

The pond reflection is on top, and the direct image is in grayscale below.
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Tim Jarrell

A droplet of milk impacting coffee in a cup, viewed from above.
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Nathan Lester

Dry ice sublimates to CO2 bubbles, submerged in water.
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Austin Ruppert

Bubbles at the interface of tonic water and oil.
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Tom Rachlin

Wake of a quarter falling into water
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Joseph Duggan

Movie

Guinness exhibits 'curtaining' flow in a glass as small bubbles recirculate downward
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Brian Hancz

Dry ice bubbles through oil and water.
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Chip Fisher

Red wine vinegar falls through olive oil.
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William Murray

Whirlpool in red.
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Dung Dinh Luu

Moisturizer (Olay) falls slowly through mouthwash (Scope).
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Jason Ortmann

Dyed corn syrup falls through Mountain Dew soda.
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Aaron Willoughby

Dye falling through gently swirling water, viewed from above.
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Joseph VanAmberg

A droplet of dye in water exhibits the Rayleigh Taylor instability, viewed from above.
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Scott Legg

Oil and dyed soap, misted with bleach.
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David Ramirez

Blood falling through water.
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Dan Ives

Dense solutes leach from hibiscus tea as it steeps in a glass of hot water.
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Jayson DeBellis

Hibiclens in weak hydrogen peroxide
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Mark Reusser

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Dyed milk excited by a loudspeaker.
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Melissa Lucht

Food dye, corn syrup and dish soap.
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Jeff Payne

Food dye in soap and half-and-half
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