Non-Newtonian fluids have been shown to react differently from normal fluids. It has both fluid-like and solid-like properties. A mixture of starch and water can form shapes and patterns when sound waves travel through the substance. Its unique properties show that it is a versatile substance yet it currently does not have a significant purpose to it.
We want to further understand the properties of this fluid, while at the same time, finding out if we can manipulate it to move and form patterns the way we want it to by using sound waves. We are going to do this by generating sound waves through the Non-newtonian fluid by placing the fluid in a speaker cone then playing music with the speaker and observing the motions and forms that it creates. We will be making our own sound track to be played through the speakers so that we can monitor what kind of sound frequency is being used. Therefore, our MacBook will be acting as a signal generator in this experiment.
By being able to manipulate this substance through sound waves, we further understand the properties of it and we can thus apply it to different situations. At the moment, the Non-Newtonian fluid’s ability to form shapes and patterns is used for merely recreational purposes. From our observations and research, Non-newtonian fluids are only being used in small-scale experiments carried out by ordinary people and its possible uses have not been explored enough. We believe that we can further expand the usage of this versatile substance, with its unique properties, using it maybe to build structures or using it for defense. We may even be able to use it to manipulate ocean waves.