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Water's meniscus reversed

  1. May 5, 2004 #1
    All else being unchanged, how would the surface properties (sound propagation, fountaining, breaking waves, ripples, bouyancy, suspensiveness, cavitation, bubbling, boundary conditions, etc.) of water differ if its meniscus were reversed?
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  3. May 6, 2004 #2


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    Doesn't the curvature of the meniscus depend on the wetability of the interface material? If the material wets the meniscus is concave, if it is non wetting the meniscus is convex.
  4. May 6, 2004 #3

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    Mercury has an inverted meniscus, it isn't just the properties of the interface material.
  5. May 6, 2004 #4
    So you all are saying that of the phenomena on my list only the boundary conditions are affected?
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    The sense of the meniscus is an adhesive phenomenon.
  7. May 6, 2004 #6
    If you want to put a volume in the minimum space, you have to use a sphere That is why the form of the meniscus is convex or concave, the particles don't want to be in the interphase of water and air.

    The form of the meniscus depends on van der waals forces, that is, the interaction between particles. If the interaction between a particle of water and a particle of recipient is strong than the interaction between water itself, then the water rises and the meniscus is convex. Alcohol does exact the same, but mercury for example, not.

  8. May 6, 2004 #7
    Interesting, MiGUi. A good visual.
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