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Sloshing in a Bouncing Sphere

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The sloshing of liquids inside solids is usually presented as a difficulty to overcome, as with the transport of tanks, the motion of fuel in satellites, or even the problem of walking with a full cup of coffee. But liquids also make a very effective damper, as in the case of a bouncing ball partially filled with liquid. Here we see high-speed video of the liquid’s motion inside the ball as it bounces and rebounds. Part of the ball’s kinetic energy at rebound is transferred into the fluid jet, reducing that available for the ball to transfer into potential energy. (Video credit: BYU Splash Lab)

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