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The Kaye Effect by Ellen Alice Eichelberger

Honorable - Contrived Category

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School: Kuna High School

Teacher: DaNel Huggins

The Kaye Effect, first observed by A. Kaye, is an example of the physics of complex liquids. The Kaye Effect occurs when a viscous-elastic fluid, e.g. shampoos and soaps, is poured onto a surface. The poured fluid builds up a heap of fluid on the surface. After the fluid heaps, the continuous string of fluid causes the heap of fluid to dimple, and the falling stream of fluid hits the dimple and shoots out in continuous arches. The dimple acts much as a ski jump acts and propels the fluid that builds up in the dimple off its lip. The angle of the arch shot from the dimple is continuous but unpredictable.

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