## injecting an unflated balloon with vacuum

Would the balloon inflate , deflate or do nothing if I injected the balloon with nothing but vacuum? Is it even possible to inject vacuum into an unflated balloon?
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 Recognitions: Homework Help Science Advisor inject vacuum = suck air out. If it is un-inflated it would do nothing (assuming it is totally un-inflated = flat)
 Mentor To me, "inject with a vacuum" is just a meaningless self-contradiction. Can you describe exactly how you would do that?

## injecting an unflated balloon with vacuum

 Quote by russ_watters To me, "inject with a vacuum" is just a meaningless self-contradiction. Can you describe exactly how you would do that?
But don't you have to create a vacuum environment in a proton accelerator in order to create conditions where there is no material except protons and only protons smashing into each other? Why could you not inject vacuum into the inside of a balloon?
 Recognitions: Homework Help Science Advisor A vacuum enviroment (like space) isn't filled with vacuum - it's just empty of air. injecting with vacuum is meaningless - except as a humorous way of saying 'suck air out'. If you had a full balloon and connected it to a vacuum the air would be sucked out - actually vacuum doesn't suck as such. The air pressing on the outside of the balloon pushes the air and there is no air on the vacuum side pushing back, so the air moves toward the vacuum.

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 Quote by pentazoid But don't you have to create a vacuum environment in a proton accelerator in order to create conditions where there is no material except protons and only protons smashing into each other? Why could you not inject vacuum into the inside of a balloon?
As simply as I can put it: you're misusing the word "inject". Vacuums are created (usually) with a vacuum pump. The word "inejct" does not apply.
 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor You could inject vacuum, so long as that vacuum is encased in something. A small rigid capsule with vacuum inside could be "injected" into the balloon. This would have the effect of occupying space, displacing the air that is in the balloon, and making it expand.

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 Quote by LURCH and making it expand.
contract?
 A process like suction relies on a relative vacuum, i. e., where one volume has less air pressure compared to another. So if I try to suck all of the air from the balloon, I am actually allowing atmospheric air pressure to squeeze whatever balloon air there is into the partial vacuum of my mouth and lungs, which perform work against the atmosphere.

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 Quote by mgb_phys contract?
No; I'm saying that, if you put an evacuated container inside a balloon, the container will occupy space, displacing air and causing the balloon to expand.
 A balloon that is initially deflated but still open to atmospheric, still contains air inside its cavity. Sucking that remaining air out would make the deflated balloon further collapse to a certain degree, but because the material of the balloon is not hermetic and is permeable, if you keep running the vacuum pump then the air from the atmosphere on the outside of the balloon will be sucked through the balloon material into the pump so it's as if the balloon is no longer there and you are just running a vacuum pump that is open to atmosphere.

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 Quote by pentazoid But don't you have to create a vacuum environment in a proton accelerator?
Experiemental vacuums are created in rigid chambers that compress very little in response to pressure differential inside and outside. The balloon is very flexible and there is only a tiny difference between inside and outside pressure, when the baloon is expanded. You'd need a rigid balloon in order to have the pressure inside less than the pressure outside.
 So if we inject the (tied) uninflated balloon with a wireframe, it will inflate with a vacuum?
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 Quote by LURCH No; I'm saying that, if you put an evacuated container inside a balloon, the container will occupy space, displacing air and causing the balloon to expand.
Sorry I thought you meant - and then open the container.
(And then made one of those embarrassing typos I generally manage)

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