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Viscous Flow
Shelley Chan '11, Josue Sznitman (postdoc), Alexander J. Smits (fac)
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Objects flowing through highly viscous fluids give rise to well-structured flow patterns. Such flows look like stacks of thin laminae, so-called laminar flows. Here, a sphere is submerged near the free surface of a tow-tank filled with silicon oil, which is 5,000 times more viscous than water.