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Red Hot Ball Of Nickel Submerged In Water

Hits: 8830 | Rating: (2.5) | Category: Science | Added by: Matwix_2004
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Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 298 Posts
Monday, January 07, 2013 6:17:13 AM
Its called the liedenfrost effect(see video below), the noise is when the effect wore off and the nickle began to cool rapidly.

Mythbusters Liedenfrost Effect video

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 958 Posts
Sunday, January 06, 2013 10:30:49 AM
It seems as if the nickel being so hot made a field of heat around the water and the water cooling it over time at the rate it was cooling was "pricing" layers of heat eventually hitting the surface and rapid cooling causing vapor heat to expunge profusely ending. The ping noise I cannot guess.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11735 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:16:55 PM
demon magic!

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 1143 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 6:47:41 PM
Was it making those sounds?

Male, 18-29, Europe
 592 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 1:50:14 PM
mythbusters actually did a segment about this effect and ended up dipping their hands into molten metal.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 638 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 11:57:07 AM
leidendratingfrost effect

Male, 30-39, Canada
 1496 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 10:54:25 AM
Same thing happens on a nickel plated grill.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 611 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:44:58 AM
the water around the hot ball is vaporizing almost instantly, thus creating a vapor shield around the ball. What i would like to see the the temperature change of the water.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 776 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:44:10 AM
Ah no. I got it. It is being insulated by its steam. The steam is trying to float up but is instantly turned back into liquid so the steam only exists around the ball. The chirping is still the sound of water touching the ball and instantly turning to steam. As the temperature of the water and ball get closer the steam is eventually able to reach the top of the water by bubble without being cooled back into water. The bubble around the ball is then broken and more contact to cooler water makes all the noise and rapidly cools and the steam breaks away.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 3025 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:40:27 AM
Well I presume the area of gas you can see around the ball when it goes in is the leidenfrost effect in action but how that makes for the really cool sounds I'm not sure...pressure waves as it cools rapidly?

Male, 18-29, Western US
 776 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:38:33 AM
It looks like it is being insulated by the steam it is creating and each chirp is water breaking through the steam wall and touching the ball. I just don't understand why the steam isn't floating up and away from the ball.

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 687 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:32:31 AM
the water is vaporizing faster than it takes to touch the metal.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 2105 Posts
Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:24:57 AM
Link: Red Hot Ball Of Nickel Submerged In Water [Rate Link] - That's pretty awesome! Can someone explain what's happening?

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