Understanding how fluids heat or cool surfaces

Textbook formulas for describing heat flow characteristics, crucial in many industries, are oversimplified, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research fluid-dynamics heat mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering energy

Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

EAPS • mit
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: eaps school-of-science climate climate-change environment water sustainability research ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering fluid-dynamics weather earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted

Study finds even the tallest ice cliffs should support their own weight rather than collapsing catastrophically.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment fluid-dynamics global-warming research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

MIT engineers develop a model that predicts how the cornstarch-water mixture turns from liquid to solid, and back again.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: computer-modeling fluid-dynamics mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid

Findings show how to make confined bubbles develop uniformly, instead of in their usual scattershot way.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: research physics fluid-dynamics civil-and-environmental-engineering eaps mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science

A droplet walks into an electric field …

Researchers have found a simple formula that could be useful for air purification, space propulsion, and molecular analyses.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: fluid-dynamics mathematics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering school-of-science water physics national-science-foundation-nsf

Study demonstrates seagrass’ strong potential for curbing erosion

Ubiquitous marine plants dissipate wave energy and could help protect vulnerable shorelines.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: environment oceanography-and-ocean-engineering fluid-dynamics research national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering

Ken Kamrin seeks fundamental behaviors in sand

Mechanical engineering professor’s models of granular flow shed light on agriculture, soils, and geology.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 27, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: faculty fluid-dynamics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering profile

Engineers make clear droplets produce iridescent colors

Optical effect could be harnessed for light displays, litmus tests, and makeup products.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 27, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: fluid-dynamics mechanical-engineering physics research school-of-engineering water national-science-foundation-nsf

New climate model to be built from the ground up

Scientists and engineers will collaborate in a new Climate Modeling Alliance to advance climate modeling and prediction.

School of Science • mit
Dec. 12, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: research eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment fluid-dynamics ocean-science oceans-at-mit school-of-science collaboration climate climate-change oceanography-and-ocean-engineering nasa national-science-foundation-nsf

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