fluid dynamics

What works for penguins could work for planes: Secrets of the feather show how to prevent ice formation

By April Gocha / December 21, 2015

New research shows that when it comes to anti-icing surfaces, the animal world’s most dapper creatures have a few tricks on their flippers.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 17, 2015

Water-powered computers, self-healing electrical conductors, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 17, 2015.

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Fluid choreography: Simple food coloring droplets do complex dance between science and beauty

By April Gocha / March 13, 2015

Stanford University researchers have solved the science behind an incredible yet simple phenomenon—food coloring droplets, when plopped onto a clean glass slide, move and dance as if they’re alive.

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Video: Tapping into source of tiny bubbles

By Jim Destefani / December 5, 2013

Applied here to study the phenomenon of a “tapped” beer bottle spewing its contents everywhere, fluid dynamics may also result in better materials for cavitation environments.

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Physics behind teakettle whistle could lead to a quieter world

By Eileen De Guire / November 19, 2013

Engineering researchers at England’s University of Cambridge have studied the fluid dynamics of the steam teakettle and revealed a two-mechanism process of sound production. This breakthrough in breakfast musings can also be applied to wayward whistles, such as annoying plumbing pipe noises. (Credit: AIP Publishing.) I still remember all the words of the song Mrs.…

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Strong bubbles burst glass bottles

By Eileen De Guire / January 21, 2013

A perfectly good glass bottle can be broken by the force exerted by collapsing bubbles. A team of BYU fluid dynamics graduate students took the time to figure out how. Credit: Adapted from BYU video. Peter has been keeping you apprised of the emergence of the Usable Glass Strength Coalition, a collaboration focused on precompetitive…

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Video: ‘Oenodynamics’—the fluid dynamics of wine swirling

By Eileen De Guire / November 21, 2011

The fluid dynamics of wine swirling—orbital shaking—could extend to mixing and oxygenation in bioreactors for biopharmaceuticals manufacture. Credit: Farhat, et al.; YouTube. Even those of us who are not oenophiles—wine aficionados—know that the essential first step to a proper tasting is to swirl the glass to aerate the wine and release its bouquet. This video…

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Intriguing scientists and engineers among 2010 MacArthur ‘genius’ Fellows

By / September 29, 2010

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010. Included in this list is John Dabiri whose work with fluid dynamics we’ve featured several times on this blog. Dabiri is a biophysicist who studies animal locomotion, specifically the movement of jellyfish. Dabiri has shown that explaining  the mechanisms of…

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