2011-12 Recap: Fluids Lab in National Geographic News


Oil jets pre-mixed with soap are injected into stratified fluid, mimicking the internal spreading of a Gulf oil plume. Photograph by Steve Harenberg, Rich McLaughlin, Johnny Reis, William Schlieper, Will Owens, Brian White, UNC Joint Fluids Laboratory and Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics

On the second anniversary of the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that caused the Gulf oil spill, National Geographic News profiled work in the UNC Joint Fluids Laboratory that describes how dispersants break oil into micro-droplets that can be suspended in underwater layers. This research was led by Profs. Richard McLaughlin and Roberto Camassa in the Department of Mathematics and Prof. Brian White in the Department of Marine Sciences.