Geometric Model, Fluid Flow Mapper Record

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This ceramic disc has a white circular hole on one side, with numerous blue lines emerging from the hole and spreading toward the edge. A signature on the back reads: ADM (/) 1-4-1950. A card stored with the slab describes the operation of the mapper, and indicates that the instrument was perfected by Professor A. D. Moore.
The flow of fluids can be used both to study problems of fluid flow itself and to simulate fields associated with electrostatics, electromagnetism, heat, and chemical diffusion. Arthur Dearth Moore (1895-1989), a member of the department of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, developed a “fluid flow mapper” in the course of the 1940s. In January of 1950, he produced this record.
A.D. Moore, “Fields from Fluid Flow Mappers,” Journal of Applied Physics, August, 1949, vol. 20, pp. 790-804.
University of Michigan, “Open House Displays,” The Michigan Technic, April 1951, vol. 69, p. 16.
Currently not on view
date made
A. D. Moore
place made
United States: Michigan, Ann Arbor
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: .8 cm x 20.3 cm x 20.3 cm; 5/16 in x 8 in x 8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of the Department of Mathematics, The University of Michigan
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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