“Perpetual Puddle Vortex Experiment”

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Anthony Hall’s “Perpetual Puddle Vortex Experiment” is an intriguing display of several physical mechanisms. What looks like a puddle is actually a vortex constantly sucking fluid down a hole in the table. The liquid is re-circulated into the puddle so it never disappears. The table itself is treated to be hydrophobic, causing the distinctive curvature and large contact angle of the puddle’s rim. The oils mixed in float on top, creating patterns of foam that visualize the swirling motions of the fluid as the vortex pulls it in.   (Video credit and submission by: A. Hall)

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