Moss Update

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

This week our article "The upside-down water collection system of Syntrichia caninervis" was featured as one of Nature Plants most popular articles published in 2016! We are excited to hear this news and are proud of [...]

APS 2016 Participation

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

At APS 2016 in Portland, Oregon we were happy to submit several talks, posters, and videos. The titles and short abstracts for each one are listed below. We had an amazing time at APS and [...]

Milton van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Winner 2016

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

This year at APS DFD 2016, our video entitled "The Shear Joy of Watching Paint Dry" was awarded the Milton van Dyke award! We are honored to have received this award and are proud of [...]

Water exit dynamics of buoyant spheres: Publication in Physical Review Fluids

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

We are excited to report the publication of our article "Water exit dynamics of buoyant spheres" in the Physical Review Fluids. The full article can be found here and the abstract is below. Buoyant spheres [...]

2016 ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

This October Dr. Truscott and PhD student Randy Hurd presented at the ASEE Rocky Mountain Conference in Cedar City, Utah. Their presentation on strengthening students' understanding of fundamental engineering principles won the award for best [...]

Error propagation dynamics of PIV-based pressure field calculations: How well does the pressure Poisson solver perform inherently?: Publication in Measurement Science and Technology

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the publication of a paper in Measurement Science and Technology entitled "Error propagation dynamics of PIV-based pressure field calculations: How well does the pressure Poisson solver perform inherently?" In the article [...]

The upside-down water collection system of Syntrichia caninervis: Publication in Nature Plants

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

In June 2016 we had a paper published in Nature Plants entitled "The upside-down water collection system of Syntrichia caninervis." This paper focuses on the this desert moss collects water from the air using specially [...]

Crown sealing and buckling instability during water entry of spheres: Publication in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

May 31st, 2016|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the publications of our article "Crown sealing and buckling instability during water entry of spheres" in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics in May 2016. The abstract is below and the [...]

The effect of ambient pressure on ejecta sheets from free-surface ablation: Publication in Experiments in Fluids

April 16th, 2016|0 Comments

In May of 2016 we had an article published in Experiments in Fluids entitled "The effect of ambient pressure on ejecta sheets from free-surface ablation." The full article can be found here, and the abstract [...]

Third Annual Utah Underwater Robotics Competition

March 20th, 2016|0 Comments

This week the 3rd annual Utah Underwater Robotics competition at the Lehi Legacy center.  Over 175 teams of middle and elementary school-age students participated. ROV kits were given to the students at the start of [...]

Elastic spheres can walk on water: Publication in Nature Communications

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

We are proud to announce that we were published in Nature Communications in February for our work on skipping spheres. Our article called "Elastic Spheres Can Walk on Water" further clarifies understanding the interaction [...]

Urine Black Hole

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

As a follow up to our work on reducing urinal backsplash at APS in 2013, Splash Lab PhD student Randy Hurd has developed a urine black hole which prevents urine from splashing back. At APS in [...]

2015 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

We are excited to announce that Dr. Truscott is a 2015 Office of Naval Research Recipient! The award is linked the work entitled Natural swarms and crowds: Observation and Modeling.  This grant allows the Splash Lab [...]

Goodbye BYU, Hello Utah State University

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

  I hope those of you reading this have had a chance to experience the BYU Splash Lab during its short tenure, whether in person or through one of our videos. Though I [...]

Eggs Spinning in Milk: Publication in Physics of Fluids

April 9th, 2015|0 Comments

We are proud to announce that our work on spinning spheres in a shallow bath has now been published and featured on the cover of Physics of Fluids!  When a hard-boiled egg spins through a pool [...]

Swarms and Flocks

March 4th, 2015|0 Comments

We have been working towards methods of determining the positions of birds in 3D space as they fly using our Synthetic Aperture imaging approach.  Pigeons are particularly easy to film because we can trick them [...]

67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics – Splash Lab Entries

December 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

We are happy to announce that we were selected as winners of the 2014 gallery of fluid motion. The contest hosts approx. 150 entries with 12 winners, which were really fun to see this year. [...]

3D flow fields of a moth and toy: Published in Experiments in Fluids

November 1st, 2014|0 Comments

We are happy to announce that our 3D flow fields around a flapping toy and moth is now published in Experiments in Fluids.  This work demonstrates the marriage of data from our SAPIV system, wherein [...]

Catastrophic cracking courtesy of quiescent cavitation

October 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce another publication in Physics of Fluids entitled "Catastrophic cracking courtesy of quiescent cavitation" in the September issue.  We are featured as one of the Gallery of Fluid Motion papers.  These [...]

Water entry of axisymmetric bodies

July 31st, 2014|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that our article "The water entry of slender axisymmetric bodies" was just published in Physics of Fluids!!!  Congratulations to Kyle, Stephen and Tadd.  This work was really fun and was [...]

Bubbles and Balloons

July 17th, 2014|0 Comments

BYU Productions just finished a wonderful video that highlights some basics of bubbles and balloons as highlighted by our lab through high speed photography.  We are extremely grateful for the coverage.  The video turned out [...]

Congratulations BYU Class of 2014!

April 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Splash Lab made a short video of commencement at BYU to congratulate the class of 2014. Enjoy!  

Second Annual Utah Underwater Robotics Competition

March 21st, 2014|0 Comments

This week Splash Lab ran the 2nd annual Utah Underwater Robotics competition at the Lehi Legacy center.  The only ROV competition in the state of Utah.  Over 450 middle and elementary school-age students participated. Throughout [...]

“How to find a Valentine?” by Splash Lab

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Splash Lab made its first Valentines Day YouTube video. Enjoy!  

Saturday night live

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Our Urinal Dynamics study was featured on Saturday Night Live.  As a kid I dreamed of being on Saturday Night Live, and I couldn’t believe that our research was featured there!  Surely, once your research [...]

Milton Van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Winner 2013

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

At the APS DFD meeting in 2013 we were honored to receive the Milton Van Dyke award for our video entitled “Cracking Courtesy of Quiescient Cavitation.”  The video highlights a method used in some social [...]

APS DFD Participation 2013

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

In 2013 at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting (APS DFD) in Pittsburg, PA we presented several talks, posters and videos. Each of the titles is listed below along with a short [...]

Urinal Dynamics: A Tactical Guide

November 6th, 2013|0 Comments

The BBC just covered one of our conference talks entitled "Urinal Dynamics".  This research highlights the physics of urinal usage.  Through high-speed videos we show that significant splash back can occur when using a [...]

“A new angle on water entry” Article Published in Physics of Fluids

September 24th, 2013|0 Comments

On September 18, 2013 our lab was published in Physics of Fluids (Vol.25, Issue 9).  The article is called: "A new angle on water entry" by Kyle Bodily, Ken Langley, Jordan Huey, and Tadd T. Truscott. To [...]

Collaborative “Hawk Moth Wings” and “Moonlight on your Excellent Wings” Video

July 31st, 2013|0 Comments

Splash Lab's YouTube video "Hawk Moth wings captured in slow motion" was used in a new video created by Garth Horner.  Below is the collaborative video:

Cavitation of a Submerged Jet: Publication in Experiments in Fluids

June 20th, 2013|0 Comments

The article Cavitation of a submerged jet was published in Experiments in Fluids in June. The abstract is below. A cavitation cloud forms when a high-pressure water jet is submerged in a tank of quiescent water. [...]

Sloshing Dynamics

May 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Professor Tadd Truscott along with Masters Student Robert Klaus and undergraduate Taylor W. Killian investigate the impact dynamics of hollow elastic spheres partially filled with fluid in a research paper and podcast featured on Physics [...]

Splash Lab Featured on BYU Homepage

March 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Happy Easter everyone! We made another video in conjunction with BYU news to highlight some of our research with an Easter theme. KSL also wanted to come, and they created another segment about us. We were very [...]

First Utah Seaperch Competition Success

March 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Last week the SplashLab organized the first-ever Seaperch competition in the state of Utah. Although, it was the first competition of its kind in the state, over 200 middle and elementary school-age students participated. Throughout [...]

SAPIV Article Published in the Journal of Visual Experiments

March 13th, 2013|0 Comments

Last week an article from our lab featuring a detailed overview of Synthetic Aperture Particle Image Velocimetry was published in the Journal of Visual Experiments. You can watch the video and read the article on the [...]

Research Update: New Sloshing Video

January 10th, 2013|0 Comments

We just added a new sloshing dynamics video on YouTube. We've added it to our Research section, but if you don't want to make three more clicks, you can make only one click and watch [...]

New Video: How to Tie a Bowtie with Dr. T.T. Truscott

January 10th, 2013|0 Comments

Dr. Truscott is well known for his tasteful collection of non-pretentious bowties. In this video he shares his secret, so that you too can rock the bowtie.

New Video: Guns Being Shot at High Speed

January 8th, 2013|0 Comments

Hey look at this! Jesse and Jon made a video of guns being shot at high speed. They used a Schlieren process to visualize pressure gradients in the air.

Splash Lab Christmas

December 17th, 2012|0 Comments

The Splash Lab was featured on the BYU homepage, KSL, Deseret News, grooveyglue and many more. As you can see from the video, that we made good use of the color high speed video camera (Thanks to [...]

2012 APS Poster Winner

November 29th, 2012|0 Comments

One of our posters won the poster competition at the 2012 American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Conference this past week. You can check it out below:

Dry Ice in Slow Motion

November 13th, 2012|0 Comments

  We had some left-over dry ice from our Halloween celebrations, so we decided to take some photos of dry ice sublimating underwater. Check out these photos, and this YouTube video!  

APS 2012 Video Submissions Complete!

October 16th, 2012|0 Comments

We've submitted two videos to APS this year, but since most of you won't be going to APS, we've decided to share them on our website as a sneak peak. Enjoy these little morsels of  fluid dynamics.

Splash Lab Featured in the News

September 30th, 2012|0 Comments

Over the past month the Splash Lab has been featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and The Daily Universe! The Daily Universe article pretty much sums up what we do here at the Splash Lab. The [...]

Balls that walk on water: Publication in Physics of Fluids

September 18th, 2012|0 Comments

We are happy to announce that we were published today in Physics of Fluids highlighting our video entitled "Holy balls! Balls that walk on water."  We won last years Milton Van Dyke award at the [...]

3D bubble field measurements: Publication in Experiments in Fluids

September 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Today we were published in Experiments in Fluids.  Our article entitled "Three Dimensional Bubble Field Resolution Using Synthetic Aperture Imaging: Application to a Plunging Jet" outlines a method for measuring bubble fields in three dimensions. [...]

Flapping Flight

September 17th, 2012|0 Comments

As a moth flaps its wings, a vortex is generated on the leading edge of the wing. The flapping motion allows the vortex to remain attached and provide a lifting force. It is thought that [...]

Eggs in Milk

September 17th, 2012|0 Comments

A hard-boiled egg spinning on a countertop and passing through a puddle of milk draws milk up the side of the egg and then ejects it at the maximum [...]

BYU TV highlights the Splashlab

August 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Reporter Jessica Rasmussen for BYUTV highlighted our lab last week!  Their piece highlights how we got started, the types of research we do, how we come up with some of our ideas and where we [...]

Rock Skipping

July 20th, 2012|0 Comments

Today we were highlighted on the BYU homepage with a video made by BYU broadcasting about rock skipping.  The video highlights two methods of skipping stones and our recent work with the Waboba-water bouncing ball. [...]

Bouncing in Puddles

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

When a ball is dropped into a puddle, momentum is exchanged between the impacting ball and the surrounding fluid, decreasing the rebound height. At impact, a radial jet and splash curtain are formed as fluid [...]

Buoyant Rising Spheres

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

When a buoyant rising sphere exits the free surface there are several angles of trajectory and heights observed. Children experience this when playing with a ball while swimming. The pop up height and direction of [...]

Skipping Stone Media Coverage Fall 2011

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of our Waboba/Skipping Stone research made its way to the MIT Technology Review  and to the New Scientist!

3D Flames

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of our work on 3D imaging of flames was featured on Science Friday and BYU Radio Below is the video from the Science Friday piece.

APS 2009 Media Coverage

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of the media coverage about APS in November 2009: On Feb 2, 2010, the poster we presented at APS was highlighted in National Geographic. BYU also highlighted our submissions for APS in an article on their [...]

Time Warp – Again

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

I was very excited to visit the set of Time Warp last April and talk about the work I did as a PhD student.  I haven’t posted the event until now because I thought it [...]

Discovery Channel – Time Warp

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

On TV: Tadd Truscott and Alex Techet show how bullets can enter the water on the Discovery Channel “Time Warp” starting Wednesday Nov. 19th 8:30 pm Episode: Breakdancing (11/2008).  

Axisymmetric Projectiles

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Previous studies have shown that applying a hydrophobic coating to one-half of a hydrophilic sphere will cause asymmetric cavity formation and a deflection in the trajectory of a sphere.  Half of an axisymmetric projectile will [...]

Bubble Rupture

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

           When the conditions are right, a solid sphere can pass through a soap bubble without rupturing the soap film. As the sphere passes through the soap film, a pinch-off occurs [...]

Water Entry of Spheres

July 12th, 2012|0 Comments

From Dynamics of Water Entry by Tadd T. Truscott, Jeffrey M. Aristoff, Alexandra H. Techet & John Bush, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The videos illustrate the hydrodynamics associated with water-entry of spheres, which can be [...]

Alcohol and Oil

July 12th, 2012|0 Comments

The patterns formed by droplets falling through a different liquid was studied over a century ago. We perform similar experiments here, whereby droplets of naphthenic oil approximately 3 mm in diameter are released from several [...]

Sloshing Dynamics

July 12th, 2012|0 Comments

When a hollow, elastic ball has been partially filled with a fluid, the rebound after being dropped is suppressed quite substantially. This principle helps a roller hockey ball to remain on the ground rather than bounce during play. [...]

Vocal Folds

July 11th, 2012|0 Comments

We utilize the synthetic aperture particle image velocimetry technique to visualize the air flow past an artificial vocal fold. The video explains the technique in more detail and highlights the jets formed in the wake [...]