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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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Jaycub (author)2009-02-11

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

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Jaycub (author)Jaycub2009-02-11

But you may be able to engineer a solution.

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Goodhart (author)2008-02-11

it might be a really slow "fountain" if it is possible.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)Goodhart2008-02-12

I was thinking of making something where it pulls up water and then it collects into a tub and gets pured over a generator

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gmoon (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-02-12

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.

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Goodhart (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-02-12

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.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-02-11

. Wicking is a form of cap action, but it's not exactly a fountain.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)NachoMahma2008-02-12

But could it move water from a lower place and pour it into a bucket up higher?

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uguy (author)2008-02-12

Can you say "Perpetual Motion". No!

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tech-king (author)2008-02-12

not easily. however, boilling the water then condensing it at the top of a tube could work.

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Juklop (author)2008-02-11

I doubt it. Maybe even more so if you had magical powers.

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Juklop (author)Juklop2008-02-11

Err-- I forgot what doubt mean. I meant I don't doubt it.

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Juklop (author)Juklop2008-02-11
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tech-king (author)Sun Gear2008-02-12

that supplies dell ink lol

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Sun Gear (author)2008-02-12

probable not but if it could it would barely come out

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jtobako (author)2008-02-11

No. Surface tension is what draws water up the tube-but also holds the water together at the top.

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Gordon Freeman (author)2008-02-11

I would say not easy or impossibles but I have no clue.

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