Best of Web – Nicole Nageli

Best of Web – Nicole Nageli

I feel that this image taken by NASA best exemplifies art/science flow visualization. In class, we learned about index of refraction techniques– one of them being schlieren imaging. This method captures the bent rays of light and helps visualize the shockwaves of an airplane by visually showing the distortion of the waves. It’s visually pleasing and clearly illustrates the flow visualization concepts found in shockwaves.

Work Cited:
Delossantos, Victoriana. “Airborne Background Oriented Schlieren Imaging (AirBOS).” Text. NASA, November 21, 2019.

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  • Greg Kornguth
    Sep 11, 2023 19:43

    First prize. I love the colors in this photo and the shockwaves are so easy to see here. It’s very interesting to me to see the many places on the aircraft’s body where the shockwaves form.

  • Ciaran Rochling
    Sep 11, 2023 09:58

    Third Prize!
    A very stunning image! great selection! The orange backdrop with slicing pressure waves really shows the power behind the jet engine. What a powerful source of locomotion. Great selection!

    Well done!

  • Haotian Chen
    Sep 11, 2023 00:15

    Third Prize: This image makes me feel nostalgic: Fluid dynamics textbooks often show similar images of airplanes generating shock waves. The complex aerodynamic design of the airplane results in overlapping shock waves during supersonic flight, creating very organized and aesthetically pleasing images.

  • Zach Turner
    Sep 9, 2023 13:49

    Second Prize
    The interference shocks between the two jets creates a captivating and interesting image.

  • Sierra Greeley
    Sep 8, 2023 12:47

    Third Prize
    The warm colors in this picture are very captivating. Your description of the refraction techniques in this photo helped me better understand what this image is depicting. The way this image shows the bents rays is so interesting to me. The gray planes against the bright colors is so beautiful.


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