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 must [...]

Eggs spinning in Milk

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 [...]

Wired Magazine highlights Urinal Dynamics Study

July 17th, 2014|0 Comments

We are grateful to be covered by a story in Wired magazine in June.  The article highlights our work and methods of decreasing splash back.  The article is illustrated by Eric Anderson (Wes Anderson's brother)!!! [...]

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 YouTube video for Valentines Day. 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, [...]

Milton Van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Winner

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

At the APS DFD meeting 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 situations to [...]

APS DFD Participation

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

At this years 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 abstract [...]

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 urinal, [...]

“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 [...]

Quiescent Cavitation featured on NBC News

August 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Splash Lab was featured on NBC News.com for their project "Quiescent Cavitation".  They discovered why a glass bottle filled with water breaks when hit on the top of the bottle with an open hand.  Here's the [...]

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 party trick featured on BYU’s College of Engineering & Technology website

June 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Splash Lab was featured on Brigham Young University's Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology website for Professor Tadd Truscott's recently published paper on cavitation. Here’s the link: Cavitation: the party trick with engineering applications    

Cavitation of a Submerged Jet

June 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Cavitation is the formation of vapor cavities in a liquid flow, which occurs where the local pressure is less than the liquid vapor pressure.  Cavitation is an important limiting factor in the design of efficient [...]

Splash Lab reveals secret to bottle-exploding trick

May 10th, 2013|0 Comments

Professor Tadd Truscott and graduate student Jesse Daily were featured on Inside Science TV demonstrating the science behind the bottle-exploding trick.  Jesse's thesis elucidates the phenomenon in more detail with a publication to come.

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 CNN, KSL and 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 [...]

1st Annual Utah SeaPerch Competition

March 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Over Students 200 from 9 middle schools in Utah and Davis county will be coming to the Lehi Legacy Center on March 14th to compete in the first Utah SeaPerch Challenge. Students will be bringing [...]

MIT Technology Review Highlights Cavitation Research

February 13th, 2013|0 Comments

Last Fall The Physics arXiv Blog highlighted us in the MIT Technology Review. Thanks guys we appreciate all of the good press. A link to their article can be found here.

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! We made 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.  

SplashLab Christmas

December 17th, 2012|0 Comments

SplashLab was featured on the BYU homepage, KSL, Deseret News, fmzik.com, 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 Itronx [...]

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:

AIP Gallery of Fluid Motion is Online

November 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Last year our video "Holy Ball! Balls that Walk on Water" won the Milton VanDyke Award at the 2011 American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Conference. You can see the video as well as [...]

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 these YouTube videos!   [...]

Quiescent Cavitation

October 18th, 2012|0 Comments

A popular party trick is to fill a glass bottle with water and hit the top of the bottle with an open hand, causing the bottom of the bottle to break open. We investigate the [...]

Featured in the Daily Universe

October 16th, 2012|0 Comments

On Sept. 21, our lab got a spot in the Daily Universe's website. This article pretty much sums up what we do here at SplashLab. To read it click on the link.  

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.

Balls that walk on water: pub 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: Pub 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 radius.  This same phenomenon occurs for [...]

Salt Lake Tribune Highlight

September 9th, 2012|0 Comments

Brian Maffly of the Salt Lake Tribune highlighted the Splash Lab yesterday!  The article highlights a few of the things going on in our lab and tells a little about what the Splash Lab is [...]

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 water bouncing ball [...]

Science Friday – Cracking the Egg Sprinkler Mystery

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Our research was on Science Friday again. This time they highlighted some of our spinning egg studies. Here's a link to the article and the video that they made.

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 [...]

Daily Herald – Splash Lab Spot

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

The Daily Herald decided to join us filming wabobas on Utah Lake. Here's a link to their article "BYU researchers combine toys, technology" written by James Roh. And a photo from the same [...]

BYU Magazine – Drops of Light

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Our image of oil dropping into alcohol was featured in BYU Magazine. Spring 2012. Here's the link.

BYU Radio – 3D Flames

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Dr. Tadd Truscott and Dr. Dale Tree talks about 3D flame imaging on BYU Radio. Here's the clip.  

New Scientist – Wabobas

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of our Waboba/Skipping Stone research made it to the New Scientist. The article "How water-bouncing balls mimic skimming stones" was written by Caitlin Stier. Here's the Link.


July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Our skipping stone/waboba research also made it onto MSNB's Future of Tech. The article "The why of water bouncing balls" was written by John Roach. Here's the Link.

Technology Review

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of our research on stone skipping and Wabobas made its way to MIT's Technology Review. Link.  

Cosmos Magazine

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Fluid Fantastica by Kate Arneman, Full page introduction to the Annual American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Gallery of Fluid Motion, in relation to the publication in Physics of Fluids September 2010, published in Cosmos [...]

Science Friday – 3D Flames

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of the work done on 3D imaging of flames was featured on Science Friday. Here is the link.

Sphere Drop in Popular Mechanics

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Some of our photos and research were featured in the Popular Mechanics article "Kerplop! The Physics of a Cannonball Splash" and "The Anatomy of a Splash: High-Speed Photo Gallery" Read more: Kerplop! The Physics of a [...]

Highlighted in National Geographic and Discovery News

July 13th, 2012|0 Comments

On Feb 2, 2010, the poster we presented at APS was highlighted in National Geographic and Discovery News. National Geographic link. Discovery News link.  

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 and the soap film reseals [...]

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 [...]