Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities wins a Milton van Dyke award for their video

François Gallaire’s Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities won one of the three Milton van Dyke awards in this year’s Gallery of Fluid Motion video competition at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) conference in Atlanta.

Their video shows that a viscous fluid flowing down an inclined plane can produce surprising patterns. With the correct flow rate and inclination angle, the fluid spontaneously forms narrow rivulets that can also carry droplets on top of them. The work could be useful for understanding geological formations, such as ice falls (frozen water falls), and industrial coating processes, according to the researchers.