Best of Web – Alessandro Villain

Best of Web – Alessandro Villain

This video was created by Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day (

This video exemplifies the intersection between art, science and engineering by having a combination of excellent visuals, a fascinating phenomenon, and shows the process of developing an apparatus to demonstrate the complex interactions at play. These stunning visuals and engineering prowess puts Destin’s work in a different class.

In the video, Destin demonstrates a phenomenon wherin two colliding vortex rings create a series of smaller, regular, orthogonal vortex rings along the circumference of the collision. This is an incredibly difficult thing to capture, and as stated in the video, took years to perfect. While this is not very well understood, the vortex rings get created when the collision propels the flow radially. The high velocity creates a low pressure zone, pulling in surrounding water, and creating a plume away from the center. Because a plume dominates a region around it, they space out evenly, creating the effect. Eventually, this plume of fast moving water creates the signature vortex rings that we see.

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  • John Whiteman
    Sep 14, 2022 23:35

    1st place. The visuals in this video are incredible with all the different colors they used and really thorough documentation about the setup they created for it. I too stumbled across this video and thought it was amazing!

  • Alex Kelling
    Sep 14, 2022 14:25

    Third Place: I love SmarterEveryDay and the image from this set up is superb. I also like how this video gives glimpses of his photography set up, which is a great inspiration for this class.

  • Ryan Wells
    Sep 14, 2022 13:14

    1st Place: I really like this image and video. The effect and what occurred as the two vortex rings collided. The blue and red/orange was a great use of complementary colors that catches your eye as well.


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