Surface tension occurs due to the tendency of liquid molecules to favor their own kind. Surface tension is important in fluid multiphase systems typically at small length and velocity

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
65 views

Resource(s) for developing a good understanding of surface tension?

I have read through several junior undergraduate level explanations of surface tension. Here is a typical presentation at that level: Molecules at the surface of a fluid experience approximately ...
4
votes
0answers
62 views

Why do floating objects attract? [duplicate]

Objects floating on the surface of calm water seem to be attracted to one another and tend to come together in a drift. Is this attraction like gravity?
5
votes
1answer
80 views

What are circles on broth (eating soup) surface?

Think about broth in the soup, usually it has circles on its surface. What are their properties? Why there are many of them (not a few big blobs)? Are they depended on liquid's temperature? What needs ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Why doesn't the water spill out?

In this experiment, a number of coins are put into a cup full of water, without spilling it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2mKpZHnEzw Firstly, let me clarify one thing. If you fill up a cup ...
3
votes
1answer
354 views

Formation of meniscus

If molecules at the surface of a liquid have higher energy and want to minimise the surface area, then why is a mensicus formed which of course increases the surface area?
1
vote
2answers
165 views

What is a good model for computing water dropping on a surface?

Before introducing my question I would like to outline the fact that I'm a coder, so I can be wrong when using some kind of terminology. What is a good model for computing the flow, the shape and all ...
2
votes
0answers
208 views

Needle Floating on a Water Surface

So, I'm trying to find the largest radius of a needle before it ends up sinking, and I know that it's a balance of needle weight vs surface tension. However, I'm not really sure how the surface ...
4
votes
1answer
161 views

where does the energy of water droplet go?

My experiment: I took a string (3 mm diameter and wet) and a water source (1 drops per 2 seconds). Then I attached the string to the water source. The string was then tied to ground Observation : ...
7
votes
2answers
338 views

Tension in string due to surface tension

Suppose you take a loop of string and place it on the surface of a liquid, the string should become taut due to surface tension. How would you be able to calculate the tension in the loop of string? ...
2
votes
1answer
119 views

Non-determinitric flow of water stream on vertical porcelain surface

I noticed several times while washing my hands that accumulated water when starts streaming vertically does not flow vertically in straight line on vertical porcelain surface under the force of ...
4
votes
2answers
148 views

Why is it tension in surface tension?

Why is it called surface tension not surface compression?
1
vote
1answer
980 views

Problem with ring-method of du Nouy for calculating surface tension

I need to calculate the surface tension of a liquid with the ring-method of du Nouy and the correct formula to use is: $\gamma = \frac{F}{4\pi R}$ I understand that the surface tension is the ...
19
votes
4answers
3k views

Why does a cork float to the side of a glass?

What is this physical phenomenon and when it's happen ? Please take a look at this picture: Link to picture Notice: This is a cork ball attracted to sides of a glass of water
3
votes
2answers
99 views

Does quasi-static motion imply zero energy dissipation?

When a droplet is deposited on a surface with some surface roughness and subsequently tilted it can stick due to pinning (think of droplets on a window after rain). What I am interested in is ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How is the water meniscus at the edge of a capillary tube

Suppose we have a capillary tube in which water can rise to a height of x cm. If we dip the tube such that the height above the surface is less than x, then how will the water meniscus be at the edge ...
5
votes
2answers
754 views

Can water pressure ever be high enough to trap gas bubbles or keep them from surfacing?

Can water pressure ever become high enough to trap gas bubbles and/or keep them from surfacing?
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Problem understanding the capillary action equation

As you know the equation of capillary action id given by: $h=\dfrac{2\gamma\cos\theta}{\rho gr}$ Where: $h$ is the height the liquid is lifted, $\gamma$ is the liquid-air surface ...
1
vote
2answers
508 views

Water doesn't flow above the rim, one reason is surface tension. Is another reason viscosity?

According to Surface tension, water molecule don't get the force from outside and get little bit outward. Is one reason viscosity? Let's look at the water in a fully filled glass. No part is outside ...
4
votes
1answer
176 views

Variational principles: Meniscus

In determining the shape of a meniscus, we have to minimize the energy per unit length along the direction perpendicular to the cross-section of the meniscus: $$\frac{E}{L}=\int^L_0 dx [\gamma ...
6
votes
0answers
427 views

Surface tension between water (liquid) methane (gas)

In my project I should calculate surface tension between water and methane with lammps. I write the program.I use SPC model for water and $l_j$ for methane and water - methane. But now I don't know ...
3
votes
5answers
386 views

How can the surface of a liquid exist if there are no attracting molecules above it?

Okay this is probably a stupid question but here goes: We know that molecules in a liquid are attracted from all the molecules around it so there is no net attraction. Well, then how do the ...
2
votes
1answer
165 views

Why do new towels dry better after a few uses?

Most of you will be familiar with the phenomenon: you have bought a new towel and you first have to wash it or use it a couple of times before it starts to work properly, i.e. dry your body after ...
2
votes
1answer
513 views

Dynamic simulation of surface tension [closed]

Is there any substantial body of work in physics on dynamically simulating effects of surface tension on liquids? The texts i found so far on fluid dynamics all seem to ignore surface tension, ...
0
votes
1answer
112 views

Is there a way to define a function of a meniscus curvate?

If you cut a thin slit in thin opaque material and then put it into water and pull it out, the meniscus will be formed in the slit. For my research I need to know if it is analytically possible to ...
9
votes
3answers
267 views

Surface energy as thermodynamic potential

Consider free energy of sharp interface $\Gamma$ $$ \int_\Gamma \sigma\;\mathrm{d}S $$ or also free energy of diffuse interface of characteristic width $\epsilon$ given by Cahn-Hilliard/Allen-Cahn ...
1
vote
1answer
578 views

Stability and lifetime of soap bubbles formed with light gases like helium or hydrogen?

A friend asked me if it would be possible to make soap bubbles out of a gas like hydrogen and if you did, would they float higher, faster. Due to the lower mass of light gases (compared to the air) I ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

English/German translation of Latin scientific texts in general, “Principia Generalia Theoriae Figurae Fluidorum in Statu Aequilibrii” in particular

I am trying to get my hands on an English or German translation of the seminal work by Gauss on fluid shapes in equilibrium: "Principia generalia Theoriae Figurae Fluidorum in statu Aequilibrii ...
0
votes
1answer
181 views

Absorption of Water

I was just watching the videos Chris Hadfield put on youtube from space, and was wondering why water doesn't get absorbed as well onto his toothbrush in space? And what characteristic of ...
4
votes
1answer
620 views

Explanation for breaking up of a stream of water into droplets

Water falling from a tap eventually breaks into droplets at a particular distance from the tap. The distance(from the tap) at which it breaks into droplets is observed to be an increasing function of ...
3
votes
1answer
621 views

boundary conditions for liquid with surface tension

so one uses equations of motion to describe liquids (e.g. Navier–Stokes equations). These are equations for $\vec{v}(\vec{r},t)$ with boundary conditions on the surface $S$ of the liquid (e.g. ...
0
votes
1answer
703 views
0
votes
1answer
449 views

Depression of Water Surface by a Needle

Given a needle of mass $m$ modeled by a cylinder of length $l$ and radius $r$ placed on an infinitely large water surface, what is The maximum depression in the water surface; and The equation of ...
6
votes
2answers
713 views

Hydrostatic pressure on a teapot spout

The phenomenon where water flows on the outside side of a teapot spout is named "The teapot effect", and occurs due to a difference in pressure between water and the atmosphere. Consider the image of ...
17
votes
2answers
442 views

Stripeless cleaning of windows

Cross post: http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/4377/22 Last week I was discussing with a friend how we thought the stripeless cleaning of windows is achieved when using a cleaner like Windex ...
0
votes
2answers
296 views

Water entering hole at a depth, surface tension

The following is the question that very commonly appears in all HS textbooks. A hollow sphere with a hole is taken to a depth of 40cm when the water starts entering the hole. if the surface tension of ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

Surface tension and capillarity

The cause of surface tension is said to be asymmetry in the forces experienced by the molecules at the surface due to different interactions with air and liquid, but then the same argument also ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Collision frequency at surfaces

Collision frequency for particles in gases is well known, and collision theory is used to derive chemical reaction rates in gases, (and particles in liquid solutions as well). Using the mean velocity ...
0
votes
2answers
230 views

Why molecular forces do not obey inverse square law?

Most of the forces in physics obey inverse square law, but why molecular forces don't obey it.. Since molecular forces is also a form of electromagnetic force..
7
votes
1answer
1k views

How to measure a solid-solid surface energy?

Many techniques exist to measure the surface energy between a liquid and a liquid or a liquid and a gas (see e.g. the wiki page). Methods to measure the surface energy between a solid and a fluid are ...
54
votes
3answers
2k views

What causes insects to cast large shadows from where their feet are?

I recently stumbled upon this interesting image of a wasp, floating on water: Assuming this isn't photoshopped, I have a couple of questions: Why do you see its image like that (what's the ...
0
votes
1answer
100 views

Do gasses always mix because of their Gibbs free energy?

As far as I know there are no two gasses that don't mix (excluding demixing by gravitational effects). For me, as someone working with fluids and surface tensions a lot, this means that the surface ...
2
votes
1answer
288 views

Why do some liquid metals have anomalously-high surface tension/heat of vaporization ratios?

In a didactic article, Victor Weisskopf estimated the size of molecules in a liquid from measurements of their surface tension and heat of vaporization. If atoms are exceedingly small, then only a ...
0
votes
1answer
153 views

Contact angle of liquid drop on surface

How do you explain point 44 of the attached pdf document on surface tension? Here's the link. How is the direction of surface tension found out? (I know it tangential but in which direction along ...
6
votes
2answers
818 views

Surface tension of solutions and mixtures

The inspiration for this question is over on cooking.stackexchange, asking more about actual measurements for commonly consumed liquids, but I'm interested more generally as well. What determines the ...
3
votes
2answers
714 views

Need help understanding dynamic and static contact angles

I've run into a conceptual road block. I'm coming to you guys because I think my adviser is getting annoyed with me. The concept involves a meniscus being pulled up a cylinder. I understand that ...
2
votes
1answer
455 views

Satellite droplets in a breaking liquid jet

The famous example of a dripping faucet is an example of a Rayleigh-Plateau instability in which there is a certain jet radius below which perturbations on the surface will grow to break the jet into ...
1
vote
1answer
221 views

Surface Tension of a Liquid - When a liquid body is acclerating

As far as I understand it (which admittedly isn't very far), surface tension forces are made up by the tension-attractive forces of molecules at the liquid-gas/vacuum interface, such as those between ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Hydrostatic friction: why do water droplets stay at rest on an inclined glass surface?

Tjis is a non-expert question on a (seemingly simple) text-book topic. The question is about "hydrostatic friction", defined as follows. Consider a drop of water resting on a flat surface. If the ...
2
votes
0answers
97 views

Wrinkling paint - soluto/thermocapillarity - is it due to the primer or solvent [closed]

This is really a one-and-a-half part question. I know that when paint is mixed with a solvent or used with a primer, it sometimes wrinkles. As I understand, a key physical phenomena here is a ...
1
vote
1answer
278 views

Why does water make a liquid film?

Cut a narrow slit in a thin sheet of opaque material. Immerse the sheet in a liquid, such as water. After removing the sheet from the liquid, you will see a liquid film in the slit. The question is: ...