Turbulent Flow is MORE Awesome Than Laminar Flow

Everyone loves laminar flow but turbulent flow is the real MVP.
A portion of this video was sponsored by Cottonelle. Purchase Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and try them for yourself: bit.ly/2WJm9Hq
Special thanks to:
Prof. Beverley McKeon and team www.mckeon.caltech.edu
Destin from Smarter Every Day althe.info
Nicole Sharp from FYFD ve42.co/fyfd
Pavol Dobryakov turbulent simulations: paveldogreat.github.io/WebGL-Fluid-Simulation/
I got into turbulent flow via chaos. The transition to turbulence sometimes involves a period doubling. Turbulence itself is chaotic motion, it is unpredictable and sensitively dependent on initial conditions. What surprised me is all the ways turbulent flow is useful to us. It is diffusive, meaning it causes mixing. This is useful in jet engines or rocket nozzles (which Destin studies) and is important to achieve in microfluidic devices, which are so small that turbulent flow is actually difficult to achieve. Turbulent flow can energize a boundary layer, which is important to maintain flow attachment over a wing, maintaining lift and delaying stall. Similarly a turbulent boundary layer over a golf ball reduces pressure drag allowing golf balls to fly further. This is the reason for the dimples on golf balls. Flow transitioning to turbulence in the wake of a bluff body can create periodic vortex shedding. This beautiful phenomenon can be seen in the von Kàrmàn vortex street in clouds viewed from space. Turbulence is everywhere, in the air currents in a room, in your aorta, in the breaths you exhale, in oil pipelines and water pipes, in the flow over cars and ships and planes. Animals have evolved for it (like dead fish swimming up stream) and we have engineered our environment, our planes and golf balls for it. Laminar flow may be nice to look at (which is why we use it in decorative fountains) but turbulent flow does the real lifting.
Animations by:
Jonny Hyman (Sun, Jupiter, Reynolds, airfoil, Earth time-lapse)
Research and writing:
AJ Fillo and Derek Muller. AJ also created the wind tunnel golf ball shots
Filmed by:
Daniel Bydlowski and Derek Muller
Additional footage:
Images of Jupiter courtesy of NASA
Turbulence in air currents by the Physics Girl, Dan Walsh, and Grant Sanderson althe.info/number/tGrFj4aQrICrZZU/video
illBird "Shaffuru" althe.info/number/m6XMpGlsmX-Cmsg/video
From EpidemicSound epidemicsound.com "Seaweed" "Colorful Animation 4"
Kevin MacLeod incompetech.com "Sneaky Adventure"


  • Ted Cameron
    Ted Cameron4 orë më parë

    lol, that car looks really lucky :~) I bet they won the lottery ;~)

  • Emily Rose Lacy-Nichols
    Emily Rose Lacy-Nichols6 orë më parë

    Ad plug with science? You have captured my attention, sir.

  • Ryan Cornwell
    Ryan Cornwell10 orë më parë

    If you had a laminar flow of say some mystical invincible water in space that just began existing at a high flow rate, without interference would that mean laminar flow could be sustained

  • Mr Tea
    Mr Tea15 orë më parë

    Im not proud to talk about this.. I purchased cottonelle flushable wipes a few a couple months back... Im still finding remnants of them stuck to my ass.

  • Jord Mosselman
    Jord MosselmanDitë më parë

    Nice video! One mistake, its the angle of attack from an airplane wing or helicopter rotor that makes the stall, not speed. Helicopters have rotors that turn with a constant speed mostly, to heavy a load or to thin of an atmosphere and the angle of attack on the blades will pass the limit of laminairflow and stall = turbulant. But thats an other video. Anyhow, well done, both laminar and turbulence are great!! Grtz

  • Johan
    JohanDitë më parë

    *We need both!* Just ask a Glider (Sailplane) pilot… Laminar flow is crucial on his aircraft’s wings for them to produce lift so he can fly. On a larger scale he does want turbulence in the air because that means thermals that can help him stay in the air…

  • perception ascending
    perception ascendingDitë më parë

    Those turbulence flags would be a great flight training tool. I'm sure it's been done but have they used the flags as ass wipe yet according to this videos ending.. jk it was educational XD

  • Bamarailfan
    BamarailfanDitë më parë

    Laminar = order.. Turbulence = chaos. Chaos is the natural order of the universe. From chaos comes order.

  • wildcardNS
    wildcardNSDitë më parë

    I've never seen so much effort, observation and scientific reasoning used to justify something that's just flat-out wrong before.

  • darkforestinc
    darkforestincDitë më parë

    All points are still connected, like strikethrough text?

  • PirateDion
    PirateDionDitë më parë

    4:36 ok ok I'll play KSP again! Music instantly made me nostalgic for more rocket mishaps :D

    「CELLO KID」Ditë më parë

    Fluid Dynamics girl is cute

  • Tom Georgin
    Tom GeorginDitë më parë

    "We have turbulence"

  • Vizibl3
    Vizibl3Ditë më parë

    at 4:08 that "auhh" you hear is from an anime girl named Rikka Takanashi from a show called Chuunibyou. Look up on youtube "Rikka is a ninja" and you'll see the scene where she makes the noise XD

  • Jorge Millan
    Jorge Millan2 ditë më parë

    I’m sorry Dustin.. but umm I can’t be part of this laminar flow club anymore. 😢 sorry it has to be this way but... I found a club that is better for me and I hope you can understand. It’s called turbulent flow and I hope you understand. It’s not you.. its me. I’m sorry 😞

  • Thoop
    Thoop2 ditë më parë

    Veritasium: “See? Turbulent flow is *EVERYWHERE!* Me: So, its not special at all? Derek: OK HOLD ON

  • the unknown
    the unknown2 ditë më parë

    heard somewhere (recently) that a black hole vortex has exactly the same properties of a hurricane/tornado vortex

  • HxghLxnder
    HxghLxnder3 ditë më parë

    From my understanding, and being a gamer, laminar flow is linear, and turbulent flow is tactile, or bumpy.

  • Some dude Hee hee
    Some dude Hee hee3 ditë më parë

    As soon as you said that it’s disorganized and messy I instantly loved it

  • Holly Davidson
    Holly Davidson3 ditë më parë

    why be uniform when you can be turbulent and unique. Turbulent flow is more powerful and chaotic and all around more beautiful

  • Nitin Tonk
    Nitin Tonk3 ditë më parë

    5.8 million people (views) are interested in Turbulent vs laminar flow ? How interesting is that ?

  • Nitro Engine Hoarder
    Nitro Engine Hoarder4 ditë më parë

    As an RC plane builder/pilot im aware of this, too. It is well known that especially for small and slow models a rough paper or silk covering is superior to a super smooth plastic film. It goes so far, that someting having a very nasty stall behaviour can be fixed by just "dusting" a light coat of hair spray over the wing. Speed/racing models of the same size are as smooth as possible though, likely because skin friction begins to dominate then.

  • Richard Shane
    Richard Shane4 ditë më parë

    Thank you, I'm experiencing life turbulence of near end of life...our time on planet Earth is very short, I'm saddened of my journey towards turbulence...may your journey be blessed...

  • Beano N Daddy
    Beano N Daddy4 ditë më parë

    at 14:40 a dead fish is swimming due to turbulence!

  • Snow Beard
    Snow Beard5 ditë më parë

    There's the phenomena with turbulent flow on dimpled surfaces at different velocities - that can reduce drag coefficients on objects. It's a fun quirk of turbulence and would love to have seen it in this video :) maybe next time?

  • Lars's Wig
    Lars's Wig5 ditë më parë

    5:12 they were forming fractals!!! this is so cool

  • Henry Forbes
    Henry Forbes5 ditë më parë

    Can't stop seeing this with the vape

  • Keeva Grace
    Keeva Grace5 ditë më parë

    Poggers for God..,..,

  • Mick D
    Mick D6 ditë më parë

    Makes zealots that believe they can predict weather, based on levels of a trace gas look even MORE stupid.

  • Thomas Stoudenmire
    Thomas Stoudenmire6 ditë më parë

    Nature likes turbulent flow

  • scfog90
    scfog907 ditë më parë

    "there is no Definition for turbulent Flow..." Reynolds number: "am I a joke to you?"

  • Warren Luke
    Warren Luke7 ditë më parë

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous and detailed explanation on Turbulent Flow and Laminar Flow. It completely enplanes a video i made in 2016 on a gentlemen named Erle Pedersen Kewarra Jet bottom surfboards that he has been making for some 40 odd years and the industry had rejected the concept saying that it increased drag but in reality it went faster .

  • Bryant
    Bryant7 ditë më parë

    It's funny, cause if their characters were going to be designated a flow based on content it could be argued that Destin leans laminar and Derek is turbulent lol

  • Snuckytoes


    11 orë më parë

    So their preference of flow matches their personality. Neat.

  • Serena Bissanti
    Serena Bissanti8 ditë më parë

    They need to start making baby wipes flushable

  • Attila
    Attila8 ditë më parë

    Life is turbulent, and the things I love are laminar

  • Canyonero CZ
    Canyonero CZ8 ditë më parë

    Hi Eddie

  • Orching
    Orching8 ditë më parë

    Yeap, as long as you are not working in a laminar flow hood.

  • Terry Davis
    Terry Davis8 ditë më parë

    Well thanks for making me but tickets to Huntsville just so I can yell at Destin "Turbulent FLOW IS BETTER NERD!"

  • cptnoremac
    cptnoremac8 ditë më parë

    Why don't they make cars with dimples in them like golf balls?

  • bit_mate ֫
    bit_mate ֫9 ditë më parë

    the only reason I like turbulent flow now (not better than laminar) is the music lol

  • James Jansson
    James Jansson9 ditë më parë

    No room is safe from the turbulent power of turbulent juice.

  • Esther Cook
    Esther Cook9 ditë më parë

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  • Ashton Gardner
    Ashton Gardner9 ditë më parë

    there is a game called fluid simulation

  • kubala123m
    kubala123m9 ditë më parë

    Hmmmmm... still with the laminar flow

  • Chopstick Cunt
    Chopstick Cunt10 ditë më parë

    Since kid, I've always been a fan of turbulent flow.

  • Mandy T Walter
    Mandy T Walter10 ditë më parë

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  • cursed mailman
    cursed mailman10 ditë më parë

    When you introduce colours and dyes turbulent flow is a hair cooler than laminar. However with a colourless solution (i.e. 99% OF THINGS) laminar flow is way cooler zero doubt

  • HM
    HM10 ditë më parë

    In college I would blow my weed smoke into the sunrays coming through my window and watch the flow for hours

  • Murfie's law Defined
    Murfie's law Defined11 ditë më parë

    If u don't mind . Why did u feel it was Necessary to tell everybody that video was filmed before the covid saftey requests?

  • Jim Morgan
    Jim Morgan11 ditë më parë

    They’re both great, but turbulent has the edge.

  • Curtis Kahre
    Curtis Kahre11 ditë më parë

    Suspending reality for a second, would a frictionless fluid flowing over a frictionless surface create turbulence?

  • Døde Brø
    Døde Brø11 ditë më parë

    laminar is bae, you heretic.

  • Andrew Thomas
    Andrew Thomas12 ditë më parë

    I give up...What is in the fish tank to demonstrate Turbulent Flow..?

  • SAFR Projects
    SAFR Projects12 ditë më parë

    Dead fish swimming is fuckin freaky

  • Sarabhai Bhavan
    Sarabhai Bhavan12 ditë më parë

    I will try to simplify. If you can define a flow through equations, it is bound to be laminar flow. If you can't, it is turbulent flow. When you showed vortex motion in the beginning, it can be easily described by equations. Hence, Laminar. On the other hand, if you think you can define the stream which is not laminar, via equations, it loses the it's being as turbulent flow. All because, turbulence by definition cannot be defined and is random. BTW I am pro TRANSITIONAL FLOW. 2400

  • Logan
    Logan12 ditë më parë

    This video is exactly why laminar flow is better- it's so much more unique! Turbulent flow is everywhere, but laminar flow is a very rare occurrence

  • R.K.K Y
    R.K.K Y12 ditë më parë

    Great! I'll buy 5 of these turbulent thingies!

  • Na No
    Na No12 ditë më parë

    Man you could have roasted SmarterEveryDay in 10 seconds instead of 18 minutes

  • 吳俊廷
    吳俊廷12 ditë më parë

    Oh this is beautiful!!!

  • rex Previously
    rex Previously12 ditë më parë

    "Micro-meter" scale? "Mi-crometer"?

  • Survival of the Fittest -only truth
    Survival of the Fittest -only truth12 ditë më parë

    2:19 I was about to comment about this hefty prize money announced for the solution of the N-S equation as well.

  • Pinapples & Lollies
    Pinapples & Lollies13 ditë më parë

    Damn ... I learned a lot more from this 18 mins video than a whole semester on Aerodynamics 1&2.

  • Nicolas Acevedo
    Nicolas Acevedo13 ditë më parë

    he's a dead fish swimming

  • Ichbims Derepep
    Ichbims Derepep13 ditë më parë

    Smarter everyday AND Vertassium together? Now you just need Vsauce and you get a wish.

  • Ichbims Derepep

    Ichbims Derepep

    11 ditë më parë

    @Conan Green 7

  • Conan Green

    Conan Green

    11 ditë më parë

    Dude why did it take you 9 months to comment that 😂😂

  • AlgenCrew
    AlgenCrew13 ditë më parë

    Why do american always flush every thing in the toilet

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  • Michelle Giacalone
    Michelle Giacalone13 ditë më parë

    "...if you put a dead fish..." OMG dead fish can swim? What?

  • Josh O
    Josh O13 ditë më parë

    Laminar Flow is still much better, but cool video.

  • Adrian Caminiti
    Adrian Caminiti13 ditë më parë

    Picture fluid flowing over a flat surface. Poetic

  • King Webb
    King Webb13 ditë më parë

    A dead fish can still swim in the in wake of an object in water news to me 14:37 was it a ca fish for the experiment.

  • Mark Taylor
    Mark Taylor13 ditë më parë

    4:43 Tragically, during same said experiment, Osbourne Reynold's assistant was killed by an arrow. As diagram clearly shows.

  • Toronto Disc Golf
    Toronto Disc Golf13 ditë më parë

    Just saw this video now. Could you get a laminar flow with in a turbulent flow?

  • Ryan Vess
    Ryan Vess13 ditë më parë

    2:55 stoners know what's up

  • Charge0Complete
    Charge0Complete14 ditë më parë

    4:37 Is that anything like throwing a knuckle ball?

  • LongLive Juice
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  • Lernyd
    Lernyd14 ditë më parë

    Alternate title: Average Laminar Flow Fan vs Average Turbulent Flow Enjoyer

  • Steven Van
    Steven Van14 ditë më parë

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  • Xhaan A
    Xhaan A14 ditë më parë

    Im still not convinced

  • Samrat Sengupta
    Samrat Sengupta15 ditë më parë

    What's the camera you are using that stands by your side at 1:29?

  • Chris Sabal
    Chris Sabal15 ditë më parë

    We have the difference between a physicist mindset and an engineer lol the engineer loves simplicity, elegance. The physicist loves the complex, difficult system. Neither is wrong, just different.

  • Syreeta Fraser
    Syreeta Fraser15 ditë më parë

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  • Kuya Kogz
    Kuya Kogz15 ditë më parë

    So we can make a giant vortex generator to reduce typhoon strength!!! Wait! How?

  • Kuya Kogz

    Kuya Kogz

    15 ditë më parë

    Can shock wave induce vortex ? then we can make shock wave capsule thrown into the typhoon eye! XD

  • TheFoolDude
    TheFoolDude15 ditë më parë

    Bruh stfu laminar is best

  • Aditya Suri
    Aditya Suri15 ditë më parë

    Hold up is the music at 6:13 the music from the KSP VAB :p

  • Paulo Andrade
    Paulo Andrade15 ditë më parë

    So, Chris Redfield went from killing zombies to space station commander?

  • Hypercube9
    Hypercube915 ditë më parë

    Veritasium: Laminar flow is perfect. Most of the world is not perfect. Therefore Laminar flow is bad. Faulty logic. Actually, ALL flow is laminar, turbulent flow is just a more complicated version of laminar flow. Just because we don't understand all the factors influencing it that doesn't mean it isn't still operating via a set of predictable rules!

  • Michel Ruchti
    Michel Ruchti16 ditë më parë

    what about those insane water cutter they use to cut the windows of airplanes? Are they laminar too even though the water flows really quick?

  • Dr. GreenThumbs
    Dr. GreenThumbs16 ditë më parë

    i would say people tend to adhere to either turbulent or laminar flow in the expression of their chi

  • Ricky
    Ricky16 ditë më parë

    I was full on team laminar right up to the point where the dead fish swam upstream. Go team turbulent

  • Tridecalogism
    Tridecalogism16 ditë më parë

    Is there going to be an Epic Rap Battle of History between Derek's Turbulent Flow, and Destin's Laminar Flow?

  • Laila Eileen
    Laila Eileen16 ditë më parë

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  • Joel Manu
    Joel Manu16 ditë më parë

    He looks so fed up at 13:17

  • Juan Pablo Sanchez Aveleyra
    Juan Pablo Sanchez Aveleyra16 ditë më parë

    The scots found about turbulent flow the hard way: playing golf. That must have been tough.

  • Kimi Meijer
    Kimi Meijer16 ditë më parë

    Lets see somting doesent seem right If the wheter peole can pridict were the rain will be ore when the clouds are doesent that make turbulence teadeble (idk how they are cald :/) Think about it like you move a plate at 2cm a second then you can pridict were the turbulence will go. But the problem is when will it seperat are become an eddy I think you can use math for it but im a kid im not to smard ;( Bye :/ 👋🏻

  • C List
    C List16 ditë më parë

    I got turbulent flow from eating Jack in the Box tacos

  • C List
    C List16 ditë më parë

    It " literally " cannot do anything . It can physically do something. The only way it can ( literally ) do anything is if you describe something in you're writing. I would think someone with a college degree would actually known the definition of the word literally. That's why people don't take Millennials seriously

  • Hayder Abdulridha
    Hayder Abdulridha16 ditë më parë

    5:04 KSP background music. Nice....

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  • Amit mohan Sharma
    Amit mohan Sharma16 ditë më parë

    Awesome video sir 🙏🙏you're great larner and great teaching. 🙏 One request you sir your video defferent defferent country languages. I request one language add our video this language is HINDI.🌍

  • Paul Larke
    Paul Larke16 ditë më parë

    Maybe the most interesting part is where turbulent flow meets laminar flow.

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