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Experimental Fluid Mechanics Videos Series

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Mar9-06, 06:34 PM
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Hi everyone,

Maybe this resource is new for someone. It's a collection of videos made in the 60's by the very best experimentalist scientists of the best universities of the United States. There you may watch how Taylor gives you a lesson in Low Reynolds Flow, how Lighthill gives a lesson in Compressible Flow, how Shapiro talks about Vorticity. It's wonderful to see the experimental techniques available in those times. I've only watched a 30% of the videos, but I must admit they are of an extraordinary quality, accurate and worthy.

They try to explain basic and traditional concepts of fluid mechanics, and how we've reached an status in which the formulation widely fits with the real world. I wish I had the opportunity to watch this videos when I was an undergrad.

People who enters in this forum and asks about fluid mechanics is encouraged to take a look at this webpage:

Enjoy them and pay attention to every second, every word of these videos!!!
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Mar9-06, 07:45 PM
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I am taking Fluids this summer, so I am watching these old clips right now, all I can say is WOW! These are GREAT! I love old videos like these from the 60's, look at his clean cut parted hair cut, GREAT stuff
Mar10-06, 05:47 AM
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Great find Clausius. For some reason I can't get the videos to work, but that just may be my work firewall.

Mar10-06, 01:32 PM
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Experimental Fluid Mechanics Videos Series

Happy to see people enjoying them.

Fred, you need realplayer to run them. Try on another computer.
Mar11-06, 02:02 PM
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Great resource, Clausius2, even if they are 50 years old.... Definitely worth stickying. The first one I clicked on was the drag one - I remember seeing the feather and ball bearing in a vacuum tube demonstration in junior high. Even in college, the best of my basic physics and intro to aero courses were in big lab rooms where they did such demonstrations.

Good stuff.
Mar19-06, 04:17 AM
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this is the one that i am searching definitely. thanks a lot
Mar19-06, 05:20 AM
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There's another link for experimental fluid mechanics videos, but I haven't checked it yet. The files are very large.

If somebody manages to download it, I will be glad of listening opinions.
Apr23-06, 10:28 PM
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A jewel. Each time I see one of these videos, it's incredible!!!!. Awesome!!! Cool!!! Sorry for that, but I had to say it again.
May10-06, 09:30 PM
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Another cool and usefull site is They have a number of good links and some pretty sweet images in the gallery. You should check it out.
Jul2-06, 10:11 AM
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Clausius, Rocketman... those are both excellent sites. Thank you so much for letting us in on them.
Jul6-06, 01:10 AM
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is it not possible to download these videos (shapiro) onto my hard drive? Im going on a trip and would like to be able to watch them on my psp or video ipod. If you know how please message me or reply below.

So far i have watched them and i have to say i cant get enough of them! They are so fasicnating and i love learning about this sort of stuff. I really enjoy on how the ones ive watched so far how basic they are and easy to understand becasue ive only ever had one course in physics (im still in high school). Thanks a lot for giving me the link!

Edit: I know how to put the vids onto my ipod or psp i just need to know how to download these videos onto my harddrive.
Jul20-06, 09:04 AM
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Right click the link to the file and click Save File As/Save Target As and then save the file on your comp.

Open it in notepad and copy the URL on RSTP protocol.

Download FlashGet and paste this URL in it.

This will work (I tried it but didn't download the whole file) but I don't know if its legal or not.
Jul30-06, 07:54 PM
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Your technique does indeed work, 'sid_galt'. Thanks so much.

Jul31-06, 06:28 AM
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Now if that isn't a handy tip. I always wondered what those DL managers were good for.
Nov25-06, 06:32 AM
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thank you
i cant download from
but i download from
Dec26-06, 06:34 PM
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Hi there!

You need both flashget and the Mozilla plugin flashgot in order to download the movies from the MIT website. I cannot access the second website. I think it was taken down in the meantime.

Let me know if you have problems using flashget and flashgot.
You can easily find them by searching on google and the download/installation takes no time.

Dec31-06, 03:32 AM
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Thanks very much for the links Clausius! The MIT fluid mechanics videos are really awesome! I didn't have any experimental labs this semester, so the videos were very useful and helped me to *understand* the fluid mechanics which I learnt as part of my momentum transfer course.
Jan17-07, 01:02 PM
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Hey guys. I'm just starting a Introductory course and would love to view these clips. I can't save them to my computer, maybe the server is down.. Anyone have the same problem?

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