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Van Der Waals force

  1. Mar 24, 2012 #1

    Is there an eqauation to work out the Van Der Waals Force between solids?
    I am enquiring this in relation to how a gecko is able to walk up a wall.

    I have done some research and it says that a gecko can walk up walls because of Van Der Waals forces, I want to know is there an equation to work it out?
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  3. Aug 10, 2012 #2
    As another person interested in the exact same thing I'd like to request this too.
  4. Aug 10, 2012 #3
    Have you checked the papers which report these results? (See here and here.) There's also the "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_der_Waals_force" [Broken] which may be of interest.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2017
  5. Aug 10, 2012 #4
    I'd seen the wiki pages but hadn't seen the papers.
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