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ERIC Number: EJ827414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Leidenfrost Point and Estimate of the Vapour Layer Thickness
Gianino, Concetto
Physics Education, v43 n6 p627-631 Nov 2008
In this article I describe an experiment involving the Leidenfrost phenomenon, which is the long lifetime of a water drop when it is deposited on a metal that is much hotter than the boiling point of water. The experiment was carried out with high-school students. The Leidenfrost point is measured and the heat laws are used to estimate the thickness of the vapour layer, d [approximately] 0.06 mm, which prevents the drop from touching the hotplate. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy