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A unique undergraduate research course is reported here. The course was created for astudent to explore the fertile but not commonly practiced field of fluid mechanics art. Thesemester-long, 3-credit hour course encompassed three book reviews, one museum visit,three projects with the aim to create visually engaging 2-D and 3-D objects utilizing fluidmotion as a central theme, weekly progress reports, one final report, and participation at aresearch exhibition open to campus community. In this paper, we outline the coursestructure and content, followed by description of the three projects to illustrate how richfluid mechanics can be to assist interested students to create works of art that alsoshowcase fluid mechanics-related phenomena.The first project was to create ten distinct flow visualization photographs using safehousehold fluids, simple setups and inexpensive camera. In the second project, aninteractive device was developed with which granular flow (sand) is demonstrated in afun and mesmerizing manner. For the third project, a series of modified Hele-Shaw cellswere developed that exhibit the interaction between air bubbles and a viscous liquid(olive oil) in a museum-quality display.The participating student is a dancer/choreographer who will assemble the result of thisresearch into a portfolio to submit as part of her application to the Integrated Designprogram at Stanford University.Furthermore, the products developed in this course are suitable for use in (a) classroom toenhance lectures in fluid mechanics, and (b) outreach activities to promote science andengineering to students in primary and secondary education and general public. They canbe easily replicated at other institutions. The total budget for materials was $400, whichwas funded by an Undergraduate Research award at our university.
Nariyoshi, R. A., & Shakerin, S. (2011, June), Fluid Dynamics Art Exploration: An Undergraduate Research Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18005
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