Would this work?

Is it possible to use capillary action to create a fountain that doesn't use a pump (or any outside power) using capillary action? Thanks!

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Jaycub8 years ago
Prbably not. The capillary effect will only lift the water as high as the end of the tube or wick, not out of the top.

Read this:

http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/unwork.htm#capillary1
Jaycub Jaycub8 years ago
But you may be able to engineer a solution.
Goodhart9 years ago
it might be a really slow "fountain" if it is possible.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
I was thinking of making something where it pulls up water and then it collects into a tub and gets pured over a generator
That darn capillary action also prevents the water from leaving the capillary at the top. The energy you expend in releasing the water would cancel any energy gain.
Like rainfall, it would create an intermittent situation whereas you would have to collect enough to do work, but because of the slowness of the collection process, it could only be on for a little while every so often.
NachoMahma9 years ago
. Wicking is a form of cap action, but it's not exactly a fountain.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
But could it move water from a lower place and pour it into a bucket up higher?
uguy9 years ago
Can you say "Perpetual Motion". No!
tech-king9 years ago
not easily. however, boilling the water then condensing it at the top of a tube could work.
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