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Abstract Aqueous Art

Supercomputers Produce Stunning Images Based on Liquid Dynamics

— October 10, 2012 — Tech
Whoever said that mathematics and art are two completely unrelated subjects never had a look at images created from complex liquid dynamics

Supercomputers used to process liquid dynamics can produce some stunning flow visualizations. These images represent complicated fluid flows, and were created by researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. The images are indicative of two different instability dynamics present in certain fluids.

The first type is known as the Rayleigh–Taylor instability which occurs when a lighter fluid pushes against a heavier fluid -- such as when water and light oil are combined. The second type is known as the Kelvin–Helmholtz instability and occurs when there is velocity shear in a single continuous fluid -- such as the ripples created when wind blows across the surface of water.

You can find these images LCSE Multimedia Gallery. Unsurprisingly, they make for totally awesome screen savers.
Trend Themes
1. Liquid Dynamics Art - The use of supercomputers to create stunning flow visualizations presents an opportunity for the art industry to incorporate technology and mathematical concepts into their work.
2. Fluid Instability Dynamics - The discovery of two different instability dynamics present in certain fluids presents an opportunity for industries such as engineering and physics to further research and develop applications based on these findings.
3. Visualization Processing Technology - The use of supercomputers in processing liquid dynamics presents an opportunity for the technology industry to develop further applications for visualization processing in other fields.
Industry Implications
1. Art - The discovery of abstract aqueous art presents opportunities for artists to incorporate mathematical concepts into their work and produce innovative pieces.
2. Engineering - The discovery of two different instability dynamics present in certain fluids presents opportunities for engineers to further research and develop applications based on these findings, such as in fluid mechanics and turbine design.
3. Technology - The use of supercomputers in processing liquid dynamics presents opportunities for the technology industry to further develop visualization processing technology for use in other fields, such as data analysis and gaming graphics.
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