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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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JaycubJaycub

Reply 10 years ago

But you may be able to engineer a solution.

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Goodhart

11 years ago

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

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LinuxH4x0rGoodhart

Reply 11 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

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gmoonLinuxH4x0r

Reply 11 years ago

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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GoodhartLinuxH4x0r

Reply 11 years ago

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

11 years ago

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

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LinuxH4x0rNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

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

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uguy

11 years ago

Can you say "Perpetual Motion". No!

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tech-king

11 years ago

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

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Juklop

11 years ago

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

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JuklopJuklop

Reply 11 years ago

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

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JuklopJuklop

Reply 11 years ago

We need an edit button.

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Sun Gear

11 years ago

probable not but if it could it would barely come out

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jtobako

11 years ago

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

11 years ago

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