The Fluidic Oscillator

A fluidic oscillator is a device with no moving parts that sprays a fluid from side to side. The animations above illustrate how they work. A nozzle funnels a fluid jet through a chamber with two feedback channels. When the jet sweeps close to one side of the chamber, part of the fluid is directed along the feedback channel and back toward the inlet. That flow feeds into a recirculating separation bubble in the middle of the chamber. As that bubble grows, it pushes the jet back toward the other feedback channel, continuing the cycle. Many automobiles use fluidic oscillators in their windshield washer sprays. Check out the award-winning full video from the Gallery of Fluid Motion.  (Image credit: M. Sieber et al., source)

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