Gallery of Fluid Dynamics
June 28, 2003 12:40 PM   Subscribe

Gallery of Fluid Dynamics. 'One of the most attractive features of fluid mechanics is the beauty of the flows one encounters. Whether one is observing vortex streets, the potential flow around an airfoil or body, shock refraction or diffraction, or waves breaking on a beach the aesthetic appeal of fluid mechanics is impossible to deny. '
posted by plep (6 comments total)
Sent shock waves through my spine! Fascinating stuff, the sort worth *groan* pouring over. Thanks, plep!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:17 PM on June 28, 2003

yes! thanks plep! how do you do it?!
posted by poopy at 6:20 PM on June 28, 2003

Cheers, plep; the links led me to a description of the River Severn bore, something I'd often heard about as a kid, but which I had never really understood - until now!
posted by carter at 7:34 PM on June 28, 2003

As a former CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) guy, I got to say that everybody in the field agrees that CFD should stand for Colorful Field Dynamics... The pictures are pretty sure but keep in mind that they can be misleading, they're not quite MRIs or X-rays...
posted by costas at 8:43 PM on June 28, 2003

Neat-o site plep...some awesome images - thanks!
posted by madamjujujive at 9:20 PM on June 28, 2003

It's a beautiful field. By coincidence, I was writing an article on CFD earlier this year, and dug out the research links: Maarten Rutgers' Website: click on Science for lovely pictures of turbulent flow in giant soap films. Also Goddard DAAC satellite photos of Von Karman vortices in ocean and cloud currents; and NASA eyes intricate pattern on cloud street, a 186-mile vortex street due to airflow turbulence initiated by Jan Mayen Island.
posted by raygirvan at 5:14 AM on June 29, 2003 [1 favorite]

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