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Theme : "The Conference of Fluid Engineering Division"

  1. Preface
    M.Oshima, D. Sakaguchi, Y. Takahashi
  2. Aeronautical Industry Overview and Brief Introduction of Fluid-related R&D Activities at JAXA
    Kazuhiro NAKAHASHI (Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
  3. 3D flow configuration of multiple circular impinging jets
    Yoshiyasu ICHIKAWA (Tokyo University of Science)

  4. Relationship between Flow characteristics and Shear-banding on step shear in wormlike micellar solutions
    Masatoshi ITO (Nagaoka University of Technology)
  5. Effect of a Sinusoidal Riblet on Advection of Vortices in Wall Turbulence
    Monami SASAMORI, Hiroya MAMORI, Kaoru IWAMOTO, Akira MURATA (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
  6. Highly temporal analysis of underwater streamers with a streak camera
    Hidemasa FUJITA (Tohoku University)
  7. Digital holographic particle measurement using deconvolution and its application
    Yuto ASAI (Graduate School of Kyoto Institute of Technology), Shigeru MURATA, Yohsuke TANAKA (Kyoto Institute of Technology)
  8. The Soap Bubbles Art
    Megumi Akashi (Hokkaido University)
  9. The Dream Aquarium
    Daichi SAITO, Tomonari Sato (Hokkaido University)


The Soap Bubbles Art

Hokkaido University


The Soap Bubbles Arts are art works drawn by flows on a film of soap bubbles.

Gravity, a breath of air, heat, evaporation of water, and Marangoni effect cause complex flows on the film and we can see flow patterns shining like a rainbow with illumination by a light in a dark room (Figure 1).

A method of drawing the soap bubbles art is as follows. First you simplify a drawing you choose (Figure 2). Second you put it on a ramp and illuminate the drawing in a dark room. Third you set the film of soap bubble near the ramp and you can see iridescent flows on the drawing projected on the film. Finally you enjoy seeing the scene and taking pictures to leave the scene as your work. Because the flow is unstable and you never see the same scene. I think this is the most important point of this art.

I produced some works using drawings of great painters. For making “The scream of convection” (Figure 3) from “Scream” by Edvard Munch, I modified naturally appeared flows by heating the frame of film to express the scream of nature. In addition to this, I made “The land scape of convection” (Figure 4) from the drawing of Vincent Willem van Gogh and “The lady of flow “(Figure 5) from “La Gioconda” by Leonardo da Vinci with challenging of some ways to generate additional flows.

Key words

Art, Bubble , Marangoni



Fig.1 The flow on the film of soap bubble

Fig.2 The drawing simplified on the light

Fig.3 “The scream of convection”

Fig.4 “The land scape of convection”

Fig. 5 “The lady of flow”

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