Phenomena

Egg-Spinning Fun

If you have any leftover hard-boiled eggs, you can recreate this bit of fluid dynamical fun. Spin the egg through a puddle of milk, and you’ll find that the egg draws liquid up from the puddle and flights it out in a series of jets. As the egg spins, it drags the milk it touches with it. Points closer to the egg’s equator have a higher velocity because they travel a larger distance with each rotation. This variation in velocities creates a favorable pressure gradient that draws milk up the sides of the egg as it spins, creating a simple pump. To see the effect in action check out this Science Friday video or the BYU Splash Lab’s Easter-themed video. (Photo credit: BYU Splash Lab)

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