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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.



Shane Weigel

Steam from cooking vegetables condenses inside a glass lid. Droplets on the glass merge, displaying contact line dynamics
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Andrew Scholbrock

A paper clip floats on water, supported by surfact tension.
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Matthew Feddersen

Gravity and surface tension balance in hanging drops.
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Davis Fogerty

Droplets act as lenses, showing pixels on an IPad.
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Pressure Blot from Matthew Campbell.


Matthew Campbell

Oill paint and mineral spirits exhibit a Saffman-Taylor instability as surfaces are pulled apart.
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Cory Fuhrmeister

Soap breaks the surface tension of milk, pulling food dye up from below.
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Logan Meyer

Surface tension drives food coloring along the surface of milk in a bowl.
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John Berry

Food dye in stirred milk.
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Bradley Samuels

Agitated vegetable oil settles slowly on dyed water.
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Shawn Noland

Ferrofluid shows the magnetic field lines as magnetic strength is increased, L-R.
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Andrew Bornstein

Incense plumes in transition from laminar to turbulent flow.
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Paul Mountford

Incense smoke curls ina natural convection cell between a heated surface on the right and a cooled surface on the left.
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Lisa Logel

Incense smoke forms a transitional buoyant plume. Black and white are reversed.
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Shane Schabow

A flame flickers within the glass chimney of an oil lamp.
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Joshua Bourquin

A lean premixed flame in a camping stove.
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Matthew Phee

A dropped stream of honey shows liquid rope coiling.
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Tyler Coffey

A falling stream of pink oobleck relaxes into blue oobleck.
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Andrew Carter

A JP-8 fuel stream from a slit nozzle shows signs of the Rayleigh instability.
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Gregory Kana

A hydraulic jump surrounds a water jet impacting a flat surface.
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Scott Schollenberger

A hydraulic jump forms in water flowing up a slightly inclined surface.
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Daniela Molina Piper

Falling silicone oil exhibits a liquid rope coiling instability.
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Kryztopher Tung

A vortex in a sucrose stearate solution.
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Gary Velasquez

Food dye orbits a stirrer-induced vortex.
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Jared Hansford

Food dye orbits a stirrer-induced vortex.
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Scott Christian-Dold

Food dye in water breaks up into the umbrella instability, shown upside down.
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Michael Vallejo

Food dye falling through oil into water creates Rayleigh-Taylor 'umbrellas'.
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Poseidon's Fallacy
Jonathan Crenshaw

Food dye in water breaks up into the umbrella instability.
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Brittany Feddersen

Food dye in cold water, left, hot water, right.
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William Murray

Color reversed image of food dye falling through water.
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Justin Simmons

A dye/oil mixture releases color down into water.
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Red Evolution
Travis Ochsner

Food dye falling through water demonstrates the Rayleigh-Taylor instability.
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"Blood is thicker than water"
Bailey Leppek

Animal blood droplet rebounds into a Worthington Jet
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Boris Lemattre

Two droplets fall into the crater created by an earlier droplet.
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John Goblirsch

Splash as ping-pong ball is shot from an angle into a glass of Guinness Draught.
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Nathan Gust

Splash forced through a hole in a lid as a shot glass is dropped through.
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Dominic Di Marco

Dry ice submerged in soapy water makes fog-filled foam.
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Grant Meaux

Water dyed red forms fog as dry ice sublimates under the water.
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Daniel Anson

Oobleck (cornstarch and water) excited in a loudspeaker.
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Austin Edwards

Bubble being blown, seen from below.
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Andrew Beat

An air bubble rising through a partially mixed solution of water and corn syrup.
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Steven Hendricks

A green laser pointer illuminates fog inside a soap bubble.
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Jaewon Kim

Water fog inside a soap bubble
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Nathan Sheiko

Submerged dry ice sublimates into fog-filled rising bubbles.
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Kyle Manhart

CO2 gas leaks out through a water ice shell surrounding dry ice.
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Stefan Berkower

A lump of dry ice sublimates underwater.
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