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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How much of water's surface tension is entropic?

Water molecules on the surface of an air-water interface have preferred orientations that lower their energy. This implies that these molecules are not uniformly distributed in orientation space, ...
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Explaining the shape of a raindrop and a drop of mercury

I saw on wikipedia that the shape of a raindrop is explained by using Laplace pressure. But why? Since the drop is in motion, we shouldn't be able to use an hydrostatic law, am I wrong? ...
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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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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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What is the difference between pressure in water droplet and that in an air bubble?

The question is at least supposed to be simple but yeah, I need some detailed answers. I have tried thinking about it in the lines of surface tension but it seems what is required of me is more than ...
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Is there a conclusive correlation between viscosity and surface tension?

I'm working on a project and I need to know if the viscosity effects on the surface tension or not?
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Why does water remain as a “hemispherical bubble” when it falls on a page?

Today while drinking water, a drop of it accidentally felt on a page of my book, and I was thinking that, "Oh my god! The water will spread instantly, making the part of page wet". But, I observed, ...
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Can a wheeled vehicle remain stationary on a water surface?

There are many field examples[1] of motorized, wheeled vehicles capable of staying on the surface of water. It appears that the requirement is sufficient "reverse-pressure" against the part of the ...
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If the surface tension is reduced to half(say by using a surfactant), what would be the effect on the size of an air bubble in the liquid

If I reduce the surface tension to half of the original value, what would be the effect on the size of an air bubble in the fluid? What would be the effect on buoyancy and drag forces? Also, if I ...
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Why does surface tension of water-ethanol binary mixture decrease with increasing concentration of ethanol?

I was thinking that it must be due to weaker hydrogen bonding in ethanol than in water. But then I learnt that Raman Spectroscopy and viscosity measurements suggest that upto a certain ethanol ...
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Is surface tension the result of a pressure drop over the air-water interface or visa versa, for a two sphere system?

For a liquid bridge between two spheres the Young-Laplace equation states that: $\vartriangle p= \gamma\bigl(\frac{1}{R_1}+\frac{1}{R_2}\bigr)$ where $\vartriangle p$ is the capillary pressure ...
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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 ...
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Fluidics and surface tension

If a one cent coin is set carefully onto the surface of water horizontally (flat side parallel to the water surface). What are the relevant forces to determine if it would sink.
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Could a hydrophobic surface increase a liquid's resistance to compression/displacement?

Imagine a quantity of an aqueous (yet slightly viscous) solution is resting on a hydrophobic surface with a contact angle around 100°. A downward force is then applied as a (repellant) surface is ...
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What are the dynamics of the “break the surface tension with a drop of soap” experiment?

There's a common experiment exemplified in the first few seconds of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsksFbFZeeU You put some food coloring in the center of a plate of milk, then put a ...
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Shape of a water drop

Some years ago (1987 time frame), a mechanical engineering professor asked a question in a graduate level heat transfer class that I have never been able to solve. The questions is: "Given the ...
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Formation of vortices in superconductors

So I'm trying to understand how mixed state of a type II superconductor becomes the energetically favourable state. I've been through a simple approximate calculation considering a S-N boundary to ...
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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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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 ...
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Surface tension between the glass slide and cover slip during wet mounting

When I was going through the chapter "Surface Tension" from high school physics, I read about surface tension acting on glass slide during wet mounting. It says that one free end forms concave surface ...
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What is the highest frequency for ripples on water

I want to transmit sound vibrations as ripples on water, as an experimental audio delay effect. Can I make ripples at audio frequencies, that will travel over about 10cm or more? How about other ...
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percolation permeability threshold in Helium before and after lambda point transition

There's an experiment demonstrating the properties of super-fluid Helium compared to normal fluid Helium, in which the Helium is put in a jar who's bottom is porous. The super-fluid can pass through ...
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Solving for diameter of a glass tube to hold water

I have a tube with length $l$. I then fill it with water. I then turn the tube upside down. What is the diameter as a function of $l$ such that the water does not spill out? I need to do a force or ...
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Why is surface tension positive?

My book describes surface tension as $e=dW/dA$ and work as being negative when it is done against a force. Therefore, if i increase the surface area of a liquid i am doing work on the liquid against ...
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Thermodynamic derivation of condition for equilibrium of triple line

Edit:(4/1/2016) Okay, I get how the required equation arises from force balance. All forces are acting on the same length, so the length cancels out of the equation and what we've got is essentially ...
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standing waves on a cylindrical jet

as we know, there are some perturbations on a falling jet which are always present and according to their wave number and the radius of the jet, they can grow and decay over time. so, imagine a jet ...
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The Optics of the Vortex (in Water): why there is a bright ring also in reversed flow?

This question is closely related to this one; The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring? In this case "physics girl" gives somehow an plausible explanation, and it's only debatable ...
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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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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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Why is there roughness on every surface?

Why is there roughness on every surface? I think a smooth surface could better minimize the surface energy. Besides, why does the roughness happen to be fractal?
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What kinds of reactions happen when bubbling air through water?

Mostly I have seen air bubbling used to remove impurities in the water itself, like exemplified in this course packet. This is called "Sparging," but I have yet to learn much about transfer between ...
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Measuring the solid air surface tension

For hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials, $Y_{SG}$= Interfacial tension between the solid and gas $Y_{SL}$ = Interfacial tension between the solid and liquid $Y_{LG}$ = Interfacial tension ...
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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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what is the mathematical expression of the water drop curve on the surface?

As a part of a high-school research about water drops on surfaces, I've been trying for a long time to find some theory that gives the expression of the curve, without any success. In fact, the ...
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Beading of water on a hot surface

dropping water on a hot metal surface covered in dust results in the water forming beads. but if the surface is cold the water just flows over it. The temperature of the surface is roughly 120 degrees ...
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Gibbs isotherm and calculating interfacial tension change from first principles

Question: Is it possible for a solid particle to change the surface tension between two phases? (or: Does a solid particle have a chemical potential?) This question stems from the more fundamental:...
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Changing the Density of a liquid while its surface tension is constant

I'm working on Plateau-Rayleigh waves and I want to investigate the effect of density of the liquid on the wavelength of these waves How can I change the density of the liquid while its surface ...
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Plateau–Rayleigh instability according to liquids $Ca$ number

For examining whether viscosity or surface tension dominates each other effects, we can't refer to $Re$ or $We$ numbers because they just tell us about one of them ( surface tension and viscosity ). ...
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How to make glass surfaces with different hydrophobicity level?

I have a number of small glass beads (d= 2.0 mm) and I need to use a method to make the glass surface hydrophobic. How can I create glass beads with different wettability levels (i.e. various contact ...
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How does surface tension and adhesion lead to this phenomenon?

Surface tension is the elastic tendency of liquids which makes them acquire the least surface area possible Adhesion is the tendency of dissimilar particles or surfaces to cling to one another (...
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Magnetic Fields and Surface Tension of Water

Here's a research paper exploring the effects of a magnetic field on the surface tension of water. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/156/1/012028/meta The conclusions were that ...
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What are the physics principles behind “amphibious” camera lens windows?

Underwater camera housings have a window through which the lens looks. When the camera surfaces, a couple of things can happen, and I've seen both captured in the camera footage. In one case, water ...
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Should cohesion be considered as a resistant force here?

In some droplet generators, a pressure pulse is applied on top of a liquid reservoir connected to a nozzle and FIRST, a liquid jet is emerged from the nozzle and THEN, pinch-off of a droplet will ...
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How can I estimate meniscus height and surface area of liquid metal in a crucible at high temperatures?

Is there any methods that can estimate the height of meniscus or the surface area of liquid (liquid metal) in terms of temperature, pressure, viscosities of liquid and contacting gas, and the ...
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Wetting the surface for soaking Nylon fabric in metal

I'm trying to create metal covered lace. My sister would use it as an artistic material. An interesting material A relevant point is that the mechanical rigidity of the metal is used, so it is not ...