4C30.25 - Geyser

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Bernoulli Principle, Convection, Pressure Effects on Changes of State
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Geyser demo, Fisher burner. Liquid Nitrogen Reservoir, 3/8 inch ID Tygon vacuum tubing, Liquid Nitrogen, Gloves, Safety Glasses.

See the 8A50.85 entry.

Fill the geyser demo with water to a depth of about 2" above the central hole.  Place the fisher burner under the demo and bring to a boil.  The cycle period for this geyser is about 30 sec to 1 min once completely warmed.  NOTE: The splash screen may be taken out of the demo for better viewing, however extreme caution must be taken due to the boiling water that splashes out.

This Demo is located at 8A50.85 in the Astronomy Section.  A liquid nitrogen geyser may be produced by inserting a piece of Tygon Vaccum tubing into a reservoir of liquid nitrogen.  Gas and liquid will spew forth quite dramatically. 

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  • Prof. Robert Griffith, "Geysers and How to Make One", Boys' Useful Pastimes, p. 136.

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