Fluid Dynamics is the study of flow – liquids and gases in motion. It has applications in many areas, including the oil sands, the aerospace industry, and meteorology.
Fluids research involves the study of density, pressure, velocity and temperature, particularly while fluids are interacting with dynamic systems. Fluid behaviour can affect systems in myriad ways, from how two fluids mix during manufacturing to how gases exert pressure as they move around aircraft. Even traffic engineers apply fluid theory to studying traffic patterns.
One of Dr. Suzanne Kresta's graduate students developed a novel way of mixing particles into fluid. A common method used to disperse particles within a fluid is adding baffles, or partitions, within the mixing vessel. As you view the video, note how the mixing differs depending how the baffles are situated in the tank. Full length baffles tend to keep the fluid at the top of the tank, while partial baffles disperse the beads more evenly.