The Leidenfrost Effect: How to Make a Liquid Levitate

The Leidenfrost Effect: How to Make a Liquid Levitate

In this video Michael Aranda explains what the Leidenfrost Effect is, and how it can cause liquid to ‘levitate’.

Hosted by: Michael Aranda
———-
Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow

Or help support us by subscribing to our page on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
———-
Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow
Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2058218

https://books.google.com/books?id=9wmgYl49YQ0C&pg=PA91&lpg=PA91&dq=joh

ann+leidenfrost&source=bl&ots=13dysZZkrP&sig=3n1Xj1n6f8omb1OmTcARMV0fL

RU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xunDVPLqMcGmgwShloPoDg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAzgK#v=one

page&q=johann%20leidenfrost&f=false

http://pages.uoregon.edu/msiuo/taylor/fractalfiles/Film-Boiling%20Liquids.pdf

http://link.aps.org/accepted/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.074301

http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/121010/srep00720/full/srep00720.html

http://www.pmmh.espci.fr/fr/gouttes/Publications_files/Dupeux2014.pdf

http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/docs/cleanup/nanotechnology/chapter-3-lab-on-

a-chip.pdf

http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2013/09/05/leidenfrost-maze/

You may also like...

20 Responses

  1. James Ovenden says:

    Wtf?!? I literally just started doing my physics coursework about this when
    I saw you uploaded this video! :D

  2. Ivan Brekalo says:

    Leidenfrost more like Leidenhot! No? Okay :)

  3. Ziggy Mankini says:

    This is what happens when you stick your hand into liquid nitrogen.

  4. omer shaik says:

    waterbending

  5. amr mahmoud says:

    your voice, tone, phrasing is so correct, they helped me concentrate :)

  6. xyzNexus says:

    What if we had the water in lower than atmospheric pressure? Than the hot
    surface wouldn’t need to be so hot. I guess it doesn’t work like that but
    who knows.

  7. Erk Terk says:

    Where is the normal guy? It isn’t the same with this dude with half frosted
    hair.
    Please change 

  8. banndsand says:

    Nice to have an explanation for what liquid nitrogen was doing when we
    poured small amounts on a room-temperature surface. :)

  9. Nikolaj Lepka says:

    the irony of this, is that the guy was called LeidenFROST…

  10. Paul Alvarez says:

    does this work only with water?

  11. Faye Mitchell says:

    2 former University of Bath undergraduates contributed to this (1:08)…
    proud to be a Bath student :)

  12. David Kehrer says:

    There just had to be a Starwarsreference in the intro ._. there is always a
    bigger fish

  13. Amos Backstrom says:

    Because of the Leidenfrost effect you can dunk your hand in liquid nitrogen
    and it won’t freeze. You can even drink it!

  14. roguedogx says:

    that maze is so freaking cool! so does this mean I could make a hot stunt
    course for water?

  15. Capt777harris says:

    Interesting. Does this happen with other elements in liquid form?

  16. Rave Tech says:

    YouTube survey really fuck YouTube I’m done

  17. Matthew Jenkinson says:

    If only you made this a couple of years ago, I could’ve used it in my
    presentation. (You have bonus points for pronunciation)

  18. augustosj says:

    cant they just use something else than water? like liquid nitrogen or
    helium and then a room temperature surface? or maybe some molecule that has
    the boiling point of 30 degrees C. like pentan or maybe something else
    thats a little more stable, and none flamable xD

  19. Oliver Lane says:

    Has this experiment been attempted with liquid gasses? Or other such
    liquids that boil at a very low temp?

  20. William Tannery says:

    GOAT LOBE