COOL IMAGES: Going With the Flow

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Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1643
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1643a

Wind rippling across water, air flowing over a jet wing, hydrogen gas collapsing to form new galaxies—all are complex problems tackled by computational fluid dynamics, which models how liquids and gases move. Check out this site for more movies by engineers at Innovative Technology Solutions Corp., a company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that uses fluid dynamics to make U.S. nuclear sites safer—for instance, by calculating the potential spread of fire from a nuclear fuel storage area. Or follow the outside links to models of water droplets, galaxies, and a tutorial called the Album of Fluid Motion.

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