Expert in fluid mechanics heads USU’s Splash Lab

There is a functioning laboratory on the Utah State University campus called the Splash Lab.

It’s director is Dr. Tadd Truscott, an MIT graduate, expert in fluid mechanics and professor of mechanical engineering.

He said not every university has a splash lab.

“The word splash lab, no, but there are tons of great universities around the world with great professors and labs and they just have different names, some more creative than others.”

He said the lab studies how objects move through fluids.

“I study mostly how things move at the interstates of water and air,” Dr. Truscott explained. “So things like boats, ships, divers, swimming, that kind of stuff. It’s important to understand how it works and it’s important especially for the design aspect in order to make different things move through water better.”

Dr. Truscott said the Splash Lab seeks to unravel the physical mechanisms of fluid behaviors.

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