kelvin water dropper: prototype
this is a kelvin water dropper
watch and listen to the water dripping as it passes through each ring
notice how the sound and motion of the water droplets change over time
water droplets passing through each of the rings begins to move chaotically
as the system steadily builds an electrostatic charge.
the rhythm of the droplets passing through each ring oscillates from a stream of steady drips, to an almost inaudible tinkle near the moment of electrostatic discharge. at the moment of discharge there is an audible snapping pop, and a visible spark arching across the two closest points on the buckets below.
2010 --- san mateo, ca