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Hadron Collider Model

  1. Jul 11, 2014 #1
    Hi guys,

    I have the idea of putting together a model collider that fires two smashable objects (eggs or whatever) at each other and show a high speed camera footage of the objects hitting each other - this is all as an analogy of what the hadron collider does at CERN.

    Any ideas what I could use to accelerate the objects?

    Any alternatives to eggs that I could use?

    I've a mind to buy a couple of spring loaded projectile launchers, fit some clear plastic piping to a fish tank or some-such in the middle and fire them simultaneously at each other.

    This is aimed at high school students,

    your thoughts please...
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  3. Jul 13, 2014 #2


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    A very simple setup would be a set of model train-tracks with two carts carrying something you want to collide. You can just push them towards each other until splat!

    I do think you had a decent idea of piping with two spring loaded launchers. Just set them up to fire simultaneously and BAM!
  4. Jul 14, 2014 #3
    It would be fun to use two opposing compressed-air "potato guns". Differing densities of "ammo" could be used and the force easily controlled. I like your idea and I wager your class will love it.
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