Sean Harrison: Best of Web 2016


This video titled “Laminar Flow” comes from the University of New Mexico – Physics Department, specifically John DeMoss and Kevin Cahill of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  It is a demo designed to show that laminar flow is completely reversible, utilizing a highly viscous fluid to allow for the laminar flow at these speeds.  From the point of science and education this video allows people to truly understand that reversible flows can have the clock wound backward and be brought back to where they were.  Artistically it is visually fascinating to watch colors become so intertwined only to be brought back to their original blobs.

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  • Branden Goldenberg
    Sep 7, 2016 11:40

    3rd place. The physics in this video are incredible! Showing laminar flow of a super viscus fluid, in a beautiful way.

  • Zachary Cymanski
    Sep 2, 2016 09:09

    Second Place. It is truly amazing how you can “place” a drop of dye in a viscous fluid and hold its form. It blows my mind that this process can be reversible, probably because no diffusion takes place. Seeing the colors mix together, or it seems mixed to the eye, then going back to their individual droplets is baffling.

  • Peter Brunsgaard
    Aug 30, 2016 09:38

    Second place. This video shows a property of fluid flow that I never even considered as being a possibility. It leans more on the scientific side of flow visualization than the artistic side, but that does not take away from it’s artistic value.

  • Preston Marcoux
    Aug 30, 2016 09:30

    First: The physics behind what is going on here is incredible. It is visually amazing to see the colors come back together at the end.


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