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

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Size of a glass capillary for noticable capillary action

How big would a glass capillary have to be to have noticable capillary action? Also, does capillary action happen in plastic tubes?
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Fluid flowing into small pores

I have some open porous foams with pore sizes ranging from 50-100nm. I want to flow water into this structure but even at 30 atmospheres it would NOT go in. I am looking for a way to calculate the ...
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Wavy stream of liquid

When pouring a liquid into a glass some streams have a wavy shape, like the one in the following photo: (Couldn't find a better picture, sorry.) What causes the stream to be of such a shape?
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Why does water pouring from a glass sometimes travel down the side of the glass?

If you have a glass of water, say, three quarters full and you pour it at an angle of say, $45^{\circ}$ with respect to the the table, the water comes out of the glass and goes directly down towards ...
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Why pouring milk from a height makes a chain shape? [duplicate]

I have noticed a chain-like shape when milk is poured from a height into a cup. Actually the chain pattern repeats itself after some distance and again till it reaches the milk in the cup. Any ...
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surface tension force problem [on hold]

SO i was solving some surface tension problems and got stuck on this one: To determine water surface tension coefficient pipette is used with a hole of 2mm. Through pipette drips 20 water drops with ...
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Finding Surface Tension of water at certain Temperature and Pressure

The question is: Using the Young-Laplace Equation (if applicable), find the surface tension (dynes/cm) for water at 20 degrees Celsius with 2.5 psi. Round to the nearest tenth. ...
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How to find the maximum area of a slot that can keep water in a trough by surface tension?

Assume I have a trough of water 5mm deep. If I cut a slot (oval) into that trough what is the maximum size/area (length x width) that slot can be without leaking? This question is similar to Max. ...
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Does the contact angle of a drop depend theoretically on the size of the drop?

According to Wikipedia, contact angle depends on the hydrophobicity of the surface and on thermodynamic equilibrium. But how does it in theory depend on the drop size? In other words, how would a ...
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Water evaporation

It is known that molecules at the surface are strongly attached to each other (more attraction less repulsion) than those within the bulk attraction and repulsion are balanced). This is the molecular ...
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physics of wet hair

I'm curious about the physics behind the clumping of wet hair. More specifically, how the amount of water in hair and distance between hairs affect the clumping process. I know intuitively that when ...
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Thermodynamic quantities of thin soap film on wire frame

Here is a question I am trying to solve. Sorry for the highlighting, it is not relevant. Here are my answers. For a), I would write $dE = dQ + dW$, following the first principle of thermodynamics. ...
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Why can liquid mercury sit on salt?

A video shows liquid mercury sitting on top of table salt. Even though the mercury is much denser, it does not sink to the bottom. Why does this happen? Is the mercury just so thick that it is like ...
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About an upside down cup of water against atmosphere pressure

There is an experiment we learned from high school that demonstrated how atmosphere pressure worked. Fill a cup of water and put a cardboard on top of it, then turn it upside-down, the water will not ...
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What is the maximum net force of surface tension per gram of water?

I've always wondered how much force water exerted through surface tension. By maximum I mean the theoretical pulling/attracting power. Also, what would happen if you raised or lowered the power? ...
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Difference in electrons excitation in Au (111) between perpendicular and diagonal orientation?

In Au (111) single crystalline as shown in attached file, is there a difference the way electrons are excited when they are excited from perpendicular and diagonal orientation as shown in the figure ...
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triangular symmetry of surface tension configuration of small grains on water

This is freshly ground pepper on water. Why is there a triangular configuration of the water around the pepper fragment? Surely all these pepper fragments have different shapes? You can clearly see ...
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Capillary action meniscus height in a tube fitted inside another tube?

I was thinking about how would capillary action change in a tube (classic example) and in a tube fitted inside another tube (considering water as the liquid involved). Height of liquid column: ...
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Change in radius of a charged bubble

I was thinking about what'd happen to the radius of a bubble, if a charge is uniformly distributed over it. At the beginning, I thought that the bubble would expand, for sure, because of the ...
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Foam patterns on espresso

When just prepared, an espresso has a thin layer of foam, known as crema, on its surface. As I move my drink from the bar to a table, the motion destroys the homogeneity of the layer, but I've noticed ...
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How does surface tension enable insects to walk on water?

I understand that water molecules at the surface have a net inward attraction due to the lack of water molecules above them. I've been reading a bunch of articles, and they say that this inward pull ...
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Why is the pressure inside a soap bubble higher than outside?

Apparently, the air inside a soap bubble is under higher pressure than the surrounding air. This is for instance apparent in the sound bubbles make when they burst. Why is the pressure inside the ...
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Rate of Dripping of tube

My original problem was to discover the rate at which leaking taps dripped, and its relation with the tap's size, radius, etc. However, I have no clue how taps work, so I simplified the problem. ...
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Walking on water

I was wondering about walking on water. I wonder if we can use surface tension to do this. Lets say I make a pair of shoes in shape which has infinite perimeter (e.g a koch snowflake) with glass. Now ...
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Capillary tube of insufficient length

I was wondering if we have a very thin glass tube placed in a tub of liquid and the portion of the tube outside the liquid is lesser than the height to which the liquid can rise because of ...
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Negative pressure, tension, and energy conditions

We have lots of common everyday experience with positive pressure, the canonical example is a gas. But other examples of positive pressure are easy to imagine: for instance, a solid that gets ...
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Internal energy given surface tension

Could anyone offer some insight for the following problem: The internal energy and the entropy are proportional to the area. Show that the internal energy per area is given by $$u(T) = \frac{U}{A} = ...
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What could be added to tap water to reduce air bubble formation on a submerged object?

Submerge your hand in a bucket of water. Some air bubbles appear immediately and others add to the surface of the hand over time. Is there anything that could be added to the water to reduce the ...
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A cup of water in ZERO gravity

What will happen if I try to pour a cup of water in zero gravity, into another empty cup? Will the water come out of the cup? The adhesive force between the water molecules and the interior of the cup ...
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Can we break surface tension without physical contact?

It's my understanding that surface tension is caused by hydrogen bonding. My question is whether or not we can break that bond, without physical contact. Could we use electricity, light, heat, or ...
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Surface tension and soap bubbles

In a common experiment, you can make a paper clip float on water due to the strong surface tension. Adding just a tiny bit of soap immediately destroys the surface tension and lets the paper clip ...
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Violation of conservation of energy… or not? [closed]

The work done by surface tension is double the increase in potential energy. This is a clear violation of conservation of energy. What is the flaw here? Work done by surface tension is \begin{align} ...
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Under what conditions does Jurin's law work? (and what are its physical basis?)

I searched answer in wikipedia (and other sites) but I found disjointed and contradictory informations. In Jurin's law article they say that the law works if the radius of the tube is smaller than ...
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Surface tension on a sphere (contact angle)

A solid sphere with radius (r) is resting upon water surface due to surface tension of the water.The contact angle is $$\theta$$ . I want to calculate the sphere weight using the water surface ...
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How much energy to overcome surface tension and create air bubble at an air/water interface

here is my question. Hope you'll help me ;-) Consider a test-tube, almost completely filled with water, and closed with a stopper. Turn it over and then remove the stopper. If the diameter of the ...
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What is the effect of surface tension on an air bubble inside water?

When an air bubble is formed inside water, and while it's still inside, does a force due to surface tension act on it? Why and where does this force act? I read somewhere that a bubble would detach ...
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Maximum hole size to stop a fluid passing through a solid

In a previous question, the following is answered in a general sense: Assume I have a inverse cone which holds 200ml water. I am going to cut the tip of the cone to create a small hole. How to ...
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Why is Surface film a stretched membrane due to surface tension

Surface tension is the property of liquid at rest by virtue of which the liquid surface tends to occupy minimum surface area and behave like a stretched membrane. If surface tension is property ...
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How can a droplet of liquid float on the surface of the same liquid?

This can happen during the rain, or when pouring water. Sometimes small (1-2 mm) droplets of water float on the surface for some time (a few seconds) before coalescing with the big body of water. A ...
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What causes surface tension actually? [duplicate]

Surface tension has really made me crazy! Surface tension occurs at the interface of air & water. It is a force per unit length tangential to the intersurface. But what actually causes it? One ...
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Bubbles of Different Size

Suppose that I have 2 bubbles of different sizes located in a liquid, and assume that both of those bubbles are close to one another. What exactly will happen to both of those bubbles? From a ...
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Zigzag flow of water along a vertical glass window

I've observed this behavior many times. When it rains, the rainwater will form vertical channels along a glass window. The flow of water is mostly confined within these vertical channels and the ...
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Water VS Soapy Water

I recently did an experiment. I have a cup of tap water, and a cup of tap water mixed with soap. I used an eyedropper to slowly drip drops of tap water onto a penny. Then I cleaned the penny, and ...
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How thick is the “skin” formed from surface tension?

I learnt in class that surface tension is caused by an unbalanced force at the surface of the liquid due to IMFs, forming a "skin" on the top. Does this mean that the skin is just one molecule thick? ...
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What is the meniscus shape?

What is the shape of a meniscus? I suppose that the problem is very complex, but is the solution known at least for a liquid that wets the wall in a big vessel? (exponential, maybe?)
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Why is surface tension parallel to the interface?

A text says: The surface tension of a liquid results from an imbalance of intermolecular attractive forces, the cohesive forces between molecules: A molecule in the bulk liquid experiences ...
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Calculation of tension in a loop with force acting outwards

I'm having a few problems with understanding how to calculate tension in a loop. If I have a circular loop, and some force is applied uniformly radially outwards in such a way that the force acting ...
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Why does a pitcher with lemon juice have foam, while one with pure water does not?

Whenever I pour water into lemon juice (pouring directly from the tap into the pitcher, not quietly along its edge) I get a foam on top: The same pitcher with water (same water tap, pitcher, time ...
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Why drops form spheres?

Consider a drop of water floating in an inertial frame in STP air (e.g., the ISS). Intuitively, the equilibrium shape of the drop is a sphere. How would one prove that? Is it equivalent to showing ...
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Viscosity and surface tension

Both viscosity and surface tension are dependent on the intermolecular forces between the molecules of the liquid. Supposing from this, shouldn't there be a directly proportional relationship between ...