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Fractal Fluids

These images from a numerical simulation of a mixing layer between fluids of different density show the development and breakdown to Kelvin-Helmholtz waves.  The black fluid is 3 times denser than the white fluid, and, as the two layers shear past one another, billow-like waves form (Fig 1(a)). Inside those billows, secondary and even tertiary billows form (Fig 1(a) and (b)).  Fig 1 (c)-(e) show successive closeups on these waves, showing their beautiful fractal-like structure. (Photo credit: J. Fontane et al, 2008 Gallery of Fluid Motion) #

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