Images and Animations Bring Science of Fluid Dynamics to Life

Article ID: 596419

Released: 21-Nov-2012 2:30 PM EST

Source Newsroom: American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

  • Credit: To use this image please contact: Travis W. Walker, Stanford University, 605.840.6253,

    Dyed water (white) impinging on a solution of polyacrylamide (PAM) (blue).

  • Credit: D.J. Asselin & C.H.K. Williamson (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)

    Primary vortices (red) generated in water by a pair of rotating flaps and secondary vortices (green) generated upon interaction of the primary vortices with a solid boundary.

  • Credit: T.T. Lim & C.T. Toh (National University of Singapore); M. Cheng & J. Lou (Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore)

    A multiple-exposure photograph of a single bubble ring rising to the top of a water tank.

  • Credit: Kyle James Lueptow, AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest

    A coiling stream of honey in water

Newswise — San Diego, Calif. – The visual representation of science can convey complex information in an intuitive fashion. The study of fluid dynamics in particular lends itself to videos and graphics that can enhance appreciation for the underlying science.

Every year, the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) hosts a Gallery of Fluid Motion at its annual meeting featuring stunning graphics and videos from computational or experimental studies showing flow phenomena. The most outstanding entries are selected by a panel of referees for artistic content and honored for their originality and ability to convey information.

To further highlight this important work and draw attention to the breadth and impact of fluid dynamics research, a subset of these images and videos is included in the APS/DFD Virtual Press Room, which supported the 65th APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting held from November 18-20, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. These images were selected for their evocative qualities, artistic merit, and ability to represent complex physics concepts in an easily approachable manner.

Images include a rising bubble ring, a coiling stream of honey, the flow of fluid around coral polyps, and a new type of water feature for yard displays. Videos include what happens inside a kettle when the water boils, computer simulations of a shock wave passing over a helium bubble, droplets bouncing on the surface of a vibrating liquid, and water creeping through a stretched coil of wire.

The complete galleries can be viewed here:

Reporters seeking permission to use these images or author contact information should contact

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VIRTUAL PRESS ROOM The APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Virtual Press Room was launched in mid-November and featured news releases, graphics, videos, and other information to aid in covering the meeting on site and remotely. See:

GALLERY OF FLUID MOTION Every year, the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics hosts posters and videos that show evocative images and graphics from either computational or experimental studies of flow phenomena. The outstanding entries are selected for their artistic content, originality, and ability to convey information. This year, the entries were honored during the meeting, will be placed on display at the 2013 APS March Meeting, and will appear in the annual Gallery of Fluid Motion article in the American Institute of Physics' journal, Physics of Fluids.

A subset of entries from the Gallery of Fluid Motion are also hosted as part of the Fluid Dynamics Virtual Press Room.

This release was prepared by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) on behalf of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD).

ABOUT THE APS DIVISION OF FLUID DYNAMICS The Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society (APS) exists for the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of the physics of fluids with special emphasis on the dynamical theories of the liquid, plastic and gaseous states of matter under all conditions of temperature and pressure. See:


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