“Ink in Motion”

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In this short film, the Macro Room team plays with the diffusion of ink in water and its interaction with various shapes. Injecting ink with a syringe results in a beautiful, billowing turbulent plume. By fiddling with the playback time, the video really highlights some of the neat instabilities the ink goes through before it mixes. Note how the yellow ink at 1:12 breaks into jellyfish-like shapes with tentacles that sprout more ink; that’s a classic form of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, driven by the higher density ink sinking through the lower density water. Ink’s higher density is what drives the ink-falls flowing down the flowers in the final segment, too. Definitely take a couple minutes to watch the full video. (Image and video credit: Macro Room; via James H./Flow Vis)

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