hele shaw cell Simple Hele Shaw Flow Demo Produces Beautiful Organic Forms

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, this cool vid from Jessica Rosenkrantz featuring a simple Hele-Shaw cell, which, per Wikipedia, demonstrates “Stokes Flow between two parallel flat plates separated by an infinitesimally small gap.” Further, “[v]arious problems in fluid mechanics can be approximated to Hele-Shaw flows and thus the research of these flows is of importance.”

All of which means very little to me. But I can tell you this: Jessica’s video shore is purty. Give it a watch.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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