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Pouring Paint

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In this artwork by Holton Rower, paint (typically a non-Newtonian fluid) is poured down a rectangular prism; the result is a neat demonstration of shearing in laminar flows. Paint is usually shear-thinning, meaning that its viscosity decreases under shear; this is why the color stripes on the vertical panels expand more than those on the horizontal surfaces do. # (submitted by Stephan)

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