Pumping With Faraday Waves

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Vibrate a liquid pool vertically, and it will form a pattern of standing waves known as Faraday waves. Here, researchers confine those waves to a narrow ring similar in size to the wave. The confinement causes a type of secondary flow — a streaming flow — beneath the water surface. As a result, the wave pattern rotates around the ring. The applications of this rotation are pretty neat. As the team demonstrates, it can drive complex fluid networks and even create a pump! (Image and video credit: J. Guan et al.)

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