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Unlocking Turbulence

November 7, 2019

Caltech engineer exploits the repeating structure of turbulence to create a more complete model of the phenomenon. A…
Solar Flares, Bubble Rings, and Ink Chandeliers

July 29, 2019

Computer simulations elucidate the mathematics governing twisting vortex rings. Engineers from Caltech have generated a computer simulation of…
Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid

June 20, 2019

The formation of air bubbles in a liquid appears very similar to its inverse process, the formation of…
Why is it so difficult to pour wine, water or tea? It just doesn’t want to go where it’s supposed to go

May 21, 2019

Tell us if this sounds familiar – you try to pour water from one cup to another and…
A new periodic table classifies droplet motions

February 26, 2019

Liquid droplets assume complex shapes and behave in different ways, each with a distinct resonance – like a…
Cutting edge water tunnel aids engineering research

January 29, 2019

A newly installed 35-foot water tunnel at the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering will help researchers develop new methods of…
New method uses ultraviolet light to control fluid flow and organize particles

January 23, 2019

A new, simple and inexpensive method that uses ultraviolet light to control particle motion and assembly within liquids…
Young researcher wants to change theory of turbulence

September 3, 2018

Being considered for the grants takes inventiveness, a certain risk appetite, and groundbreaking research ideas. The traditional physical…
Self-healing reverse filter opens the door for many novel applications

August 30, 2018

A self-healing membrane that acts as a reverse filter, blocking small particles and letting large ones through, is…
New theory describes intricacies of a splashing droplet

May 17, 2018

As a single raindrop falls to the ground, it can splash back up in a crown-like sheet, spraying…
Stanford physicist finds that swirling liquids work similarly to bitcoin

April 27, 2018

Fluid dynamics is not something that typically comes to mind when thinking about bitcoin. But for one Stanford…
Programmable droplets

January 19, 2018

MIT researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around…
Wriggling Microtubules Help Explain Coupling of “Active” Defects and Curvature

October 24, 2017

Imagine a tiny donut-shaped droplet, covered with wriggling worms. The worms are packed so tightly together that they…
Our hairy insides

August 21, 2017

Our bodies are lined on the inside with soft, microscopic carpets of hair, from the grassy extensions on…
Clever experiment documents multi-scale fluid dynamics

August 9, 2017

University of Chicago physicists working in the nascent field of experimental vortex dynamics have, with unexpected help from…
Secrets of superfluid helium explored

July 10, 2017

When Cornell physicists Robert Richardson, David Lee and Douglas Osheroff received the 1996 Nobel Prize for their discovery…
It’s Kind of a Drag

June 29, 2017

Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort —…
Focusing on grains, researchers solve a mystery of rivers’ flow

March 29, 2017

Taking a simpler approach to a complex problem, Yale researchers have an answer for why large grains move…
Study reveals new physics of how fluids flow in porous media

August 24, 2016

One of the most promising approaches to curbing the flow of human-made greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is…
Researchers develop new method of trapping multiple particles using fluidics

March 31, 2016

Precise control of an individual particle or molecule is a difficult task. Controlling multiple particles simultaneously is an…
Ecological extinction explains how turbulence dies

November 27, 2015

As anyone who has experienced turbulence knows, its onset and departure are abrupt, and how long it lasts…
A new mix: how liquids behave in weightlessness

June 4, 2015

In space everything is different. In a world with no up or down, hot air does not rise…
Swimming Algae Offer Researchers Insights Into Living Fluid Dynamics

March 27, 2015

None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia…
Computer simulation improves offshore drill rig safety

March 25, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory mechanical and thermal engineering researchers’ efforts to solve the complex problem of how ocean…
Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy

September 15, 2014

The central mystery of quantum mechanics is that small chunks of matter sometimes seem to behave like particles,…
Research Benefits Surgeons Making Decisions on How to Help Their Patients Breathe Easier

March 5, 2014

UC researchers use computer simulations developed for aircraft design to improve treatment of human airways. A more accurate…
Engineers gain insight into turbulence formation and evolution in fluids

August 1, 2013

Turbulence is all around us—in the patterns that natural gas makes as it swirls through a transcontinental pipeline…
When fluid dynamics mimic quantum mechanics

July 29, 2013

In the early days of quantum physics, in an attempt to explain the wavelike behavior of quantum particles,…
Supercomputers help microfluidics researchers make waves at the microscopic level

July 17, 2013

Have you ever noticed the way water flows around boulders in a fast-moving river, creating areas of stillness…
Vortex loops could untie knotty physics problems

March 7, 2013

University of Chicago physicists have succeeded in creating a vortex knot—a feat akin to tying a smoke ring…
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