We’ve seen the effects of vibration on shear-thickening non-Newtonian fluids here on Earth before in the form of “oobleck fingers” and “cornstarch monsters”, but, to my knowledge, this is the Keep reading
Shear-thickening non-Newtonian fluids like oobleck become more viscous as force is applied to them. This behavior causes them to form finger-like structures when vibrated, makes it good liquid armor, and even enables Keep reading
Oobleck is a commonly utilized fluid in demonstrations of non-Newtonian behavior. Rather than being linearly viscous with respect to shear, oobleck is shear thickening, meaning that it becomes more viscous Keep reading
[original media no longer available] Shaking a fluid surface often results in standing waves known as Faraday waves, but with a non-Newtonian fluid like oobleck, at some frequencies it’s possible Keep reading
[original media no longer available] We’ve featured the non-Newtonian fluid oobleck here before, but it bears repeating as a fun and easy exercise for anyone to do at home or Keep reading
The Mythbusters walk on “water” using non-Newtonian fluids. I think everyone wants to do this at least once in their life.
The patterns formed when vibrating a liquid on a speaker cone are standing waves known as Faraday waves. With a large enough amplitude, this produces some very cool effects with Keep reading
Dr. Seussian Mystery Fluid Could Have Saved Top Kill Wired article about using non-Newtonian fluids to plug leaking oil wells as we featured previously.
A thin layer of the non-Newtonian fluid oobleck on a vibrating surface (in this case, a speaker) is a great way to show off nonlinear standing waves known as Faraday Keep reading
[original media no longer available] This video explores some of the non-Newtonian behaviors of oobleck when shaken. The pattern across the surface once the vibrations start is called Faraday waves, Keep reading