A variety of MIT research projects could aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A new study from Assistant Professor Lydia Bourouiba shows how bubbles contaminated with bacteria can act as tiny microbial grenades, bursting and launching microorganisms out of the water and into the air.
Researchers have captured extremely fine details in a droplet as it splashes and creates a classic, crown-like sheet of fluid.
We use a combination of theoretical (applied mathematics, including differential equations, linear algebra, nonlinear dynamics, waves and stability) and experimental approaches (flow visualization, high speed imaging techniques, microscopy, image processing) to elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms of transmission of nosocomial diseases, respiratory diseases, waterborne diseases, and foliar diseases where fluids are ubiquitous and to design and formulate new control strategies.
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Bourouiba, L., Lee, S., and Heldt, T., (2019) Cerebrospinal fluid space draining catheters. Provisional US Patent - serial number 62/937,975.