Phenomena

Smoke-Wire Visualization

One common simple form of flow visualization is the smoke-wire technique. A thin wire is coated in oil, then heated. The resulting smoke flows over and around the object of study, providing a useful tracer for the flow. While not necessarily helpful as a quantitative measure, smoke-flow visualization helps researchers get a sense of what is going on in the flow. (Photo credits: TAMU Hypersonics Lab)

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