Physics of fluids group

Department of Electronic Materials Engineering

Self-propelling self-navigating vehicles a step closer

Vehicles that can propel themselves along the water and self-navigate around any object in their path could soon be a reality thanks to new research from The Australian National University (ANU). According to lead author, ANU physicist Associate Professor...

Wave physics encourages bacteria to grow biomaterials

Physicists at ANU have developed a way to use waves to manipulate the growth of bacteria biofilms – one of the most abundant forms of life on earth. The team found the growth of biofilms in a liquid could be promoted or retarded by different regimes...

ANU scientists make new high-tech liquid materials

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have controlled wave-generated currents to make previously unimaginable liquid materials for new technological innovations, including techniques to manipulate micro-organisms. The new kind of dynamic...

Physicists create water tractor beam

Physicists at The Australian National University have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats,...

Searching for objects in turbulent seas

Imagine an object was dropped in the stormy sea. It may be a life raft, a person overboard or a black box from an aircraft. One needs to find it, or at least predict where to search for it. Even if dominant currents and winds at the time of the search...

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