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A researcher blows into a tube to create a soap bubble



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38.51 x 27.77 cm / 300 dpi


A researcher blows into a tube to create a soap bubble on a heated rotating brass disk. Heat creates a thermal convection effect on the surface of the bubble. These flow simulations approximate as closely as possible a simple model of atmospheric flow, as soap bubbles reproduce the curvature of the atmosphere. The vortices obtained are comparable to tropical cyclones. The rotation rates of the bubble vortices help determine their path and intensity. The relationship obtained can be used to study variations in cyclone intensity and predict their trajectory.

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