Utah State University's Splash Lab researchers discovered a new way of jumping over water surfaces called "watercourses."
Working with scientists from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Newport, RI, and Brown University, Utah State University, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Tadd Truscott and his colleagues at USU's Splash Laboratory have the physics of running elastic spheres discovered. on the water. Their findings were recently published in the prestigious research journal Scientific Reports .
This research not only reveals the physics of the interaction of elastic spheres with water, but it also forms the basis for the future design of water. Walking drones.
Truscott's team used high-speed cameras to pick up elastomeric balls that jumped over a water tank. Water running occurs when elastic balls receive considerable speed at the first impacts, leaving the ball with a deformed, elongated shape ̵
This behavior is characterized by the fact that the ball moves almost parallel to the surface of the water, with the tip of the elongated shape dipping below the water surface with each rotation, while the shorter sides just pass over it, giving the impression that the ball is over the water surface is running.
"Although this was a long study, the newly discovered modes make it easier for us to imagine how to use the technology for practical applications such as water drones," said Truscott.
The team discovered that there are two different types of water. The first type skips every full turn once and the other twice every full turn. This distinction can be controlled with an equation that can predict the number of leaps that occur.
Truscott said this research provides new insights into the physics of water influences – an important area of investigation in naval operations and maritime and marine engineering.  Walking on the water: Researchers solve the science of skipping bullets
Randy C. Hurd et al., Watercourses as a New Way of Skipping Free Surfaces, Scientific Reports (2019). DOI: 10.1038 / s41598-019-42453-x
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