Videos of ferrofluids in art and science

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  1. Guest says:

    veg oil and printer toner

  2. eeyore says:

    No, that’s not veg oil and toner.  It’s definitely a lab quality fluid.  The suspension is too regular, and the fluid progression too smooth to not be using a surfactant.

    Does anyone have any idea what they coated the spires with to make the ferrofluid slide off so well?  Normally it leaves behind a nasty brown haze on pretty much anything it touches.  

    • Guest says:

      Since I can read the article, and did, I knew that before you leapt to prove me wrong. 

      But veg oil and toner does make a ferrofluid.

      A cheap one, available to you. You might enjoy it. Maybe not. 

  3. robotnik says:

    Is that you, T2?

  4. Ultan says:

    Ferrofluids are more than just pretty. They make great fluidic bearings, allowing high RPMs with low noise and no wear (commonly used in disk drives). Even more importantly, they can be used as seals to allow sliding and rotating bits to pass through the walls of even ultra-high vacuum chambers, giving direct mechanical control of what’s going on inside. (High vacuum is the secret sauce behind most of the high technology of the last century.)

    Other common applications:
    Controllable suspension dampers allow changing stiffness in milliseconds. The controllable variable density of ferrofluids allows separating out the different mineral components of ores. Some speaker designs take advantage of the cooling and resonance-damping properties of ferrofluids.

    Emerging applications:
    Pumps with no moving parts for cooling and other applications. Shape-shifting mirrors. Transformers, solenoids, switches, magnetic circuits. Microfluidic valves and actuators. Drug delivery carriers controlled by magnetic fields. Cancer therapies where the ferro-particles accumulate where there is a static magnetic field, then kill the tumor when heated by an AC magnetic field. MRI contrast agents. Sensors of acceleration, pressure, vibration, density,  and fluid level.

  5. Soliloquy says:

    There’s something beautiful and terrifying about these. 

  6. miasm says:

    I want to stick my hand in there so badly…

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