76th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 19, 2023 — November 21, 2023)

P0040: Variations on a theme by Edgerton

  • Roberto Zenit, Brown University
  • Students Engn1350, Brown Univwersity
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2023.GFM.P0040

In the spring semester of 2023, I fulfilled a long time dream of teaching a double-listed course in engineering and visual arts. The course was intended to teach art students fluid flow physics, and to engage engineering students with artistic creation. The images in this poster are the result of the first laboratory. Students were taught the subject of droplet splashing and were introduced to the most famous fluid science photograph: the Edgerton droplet splash. The experimental setup consisted of a fluid container, a nozzle, a solenoid valve, an Arduino board, a flash and a camera. Students were tasked to reproduce Edgerton's, but they had to vary something, anything, to create an image of aesthetic value. They went crazy, using glitter, soap, long exposure, polymers, and many other materials and techniques. As you can see, the result was amazing. These images now decorate the walls and screens of the School of Engineering at Brown University.


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