Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 15:33:43 -0500

Author: Gerald Zani

Subject: Re: Flame tube


If my memory is correct I think the fluid used is Kerosene. I saw Wolf do
it at Harvard in 1994. Jerry

At 02:00 PM 11/5/2002 -0600, you wrote:
> There is a rather spectacular version of the standing waves in a
> tube is to fill the bottom with a fluid and the peaks of the anti-nodes
> break the surface tension and to form little spurts of fluid drops. If I
> remember correctly the fluid used is kerosine. Wolfgang can you help me here.
> There is a function version at the Boston Science Museum.
> wrote:
>>I'm interested in building a flame tube -- basically a large "gas grill"
>>with a speaker in one end that shows standing waves by the corresponding
>>heights of the flames. I have a student who has the know-how to build
>>one, but we'd appreciate any information & advice -- or, best of all,
>>some plans! In particular, we're wondering whether anyone knows anything
>>about choosing the hole spacing and diameter.
>>As a related demonstration, my student was suggesting that, instead of
>>putting gas in the tube and burning it, we might put two immisicble
>>liquids with different densities in a clear plastic tube and see whether
>>the periodic density gradient produced by standing waves would result in
>>a visible pattern. Does anyone know if this has been tried before?
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