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Researchers Reveal the Tangle Under Turbulence
March 28, 2007
Turbulence is important in virtually all phenomena involving fluid flow, such as air and gas mixing in an engine and ocean waves breaking on a cliff. However, a comprehensive description of turbulent fluid motion remains one of physics' major unsolved problems. Researchers have visualized, for the first time, a hidden but coherent structure underlying turbulence's messy complexity. The work may ultimately help engineers design better planes, cars, submarines and engines.
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