Engineers developed a mathematical model of Ooblek

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These are terrible use cases…what is the point of the liquid phase? So that the pothole can overflow in a light drizzle, and the soldier gets to have a sloshy vest until she gets shot? Ooblek is cool AF, and I’m sure non-play uses can be found, but these are weird ones to throw out…

that said, I had no idea that it hadn’t already been modeled, that makes it even cooler.

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Use Case #1176:



Ooblek physics engine for games?


a rapid repair crew can tool around with a vat that never goes off. They can then find potholes and apply a temp fix, which lasts until the main road crew can turn up. Also they can quickly apply a temp fix that’ll last until after the rush hour is over, before closing the road during a quieter period for a more permanent fix.

Body armour:
Liquids are flexible in a way that rigid plates really are not. Flexible is comfortable, and can reshape to conform to different postures - sitting in a vehicle, prone, twisting to see around a door or window frame, etc. Flexible is possibly also a lot more useful and safe for airborne troops. Also also, it could be combined with a circulatory cooling system, where the oobleck acts as the heat transfer medium, rather than carrying body armour AND several kilos of cooling water.

Will any of that actually work in practice? Dunno. But with a model there’s a better chance of figuring it out. Blue sky thinking rarely comes out exactly as planned, but it beats the snot out of “well that’ll never work” thinking.


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