Can a siphon work in vacuo?

Boatwright, Adrian L., Puttick, Simon and Licence, Peter (2011) Can a siphon work in vacuo?. Journal of Chemical Education, 88 11: 1547-1550. doi:10.1021/ed2001818

Author Boatwright, Adrian L.
Puttick, Simon
Licence, Peter
Title Can a siphon work in vacuo?
Journal name Journal of Chemical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9584
Publication date 2011-11-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/ed2001818
Volume 88
Issue 11
Start page 1547
End page 1550
Total pages 4
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Used since the time of the ancient Egyptians as a method for transferring liquids from one vessel to another, the siphon is a dependable tool. Although, the act of siphoning beer from a fermentation barrel or wine from a demijohn is a skill that has been passed down from generation to generation, do we really know how the siphon works? It is widely believed that the siphon is principally driven by the force of atmospheric pressure. An experiment is described that shows that a siphon can function even under high-vacuum conditions. Molecular cohesion and gravity are shown to be contributing factors in the operation of a siphon; the presence of a positive atmospheric pressure is not required.
Keyword First Year Undergraduate/General
General Public
High School/Introductory Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Publications
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