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Analyzing and optimally controlling the Kelvin water dropper

Knapen, T.J. (2015) Analyzing and optimally controlling the Kelvin water dropper.

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Abstract:On 19 June 1867, sir W. Thomson (later known as lord Kelvin) presented the paper "On a Self-acting Apparatus for multiplying and maintaining Electric Charges, with applications to illustrate the Voltaic Theory." Years later his 'apparatus' still seems to intrigue physicists, judging on the wealth of information that can be found about the described setup and the physical 'working principle' it relies on. At the same time however, the apparatus is not as popular as it might seem. Although one can easily find several short inspiring articles on the device, as well as detailed internet links and demonstration videos, the device does not seem to be well known to the vast public. This is a bit of a pity, as the device suits itself perfectly to be used as a standard physics experiment in secondary schools.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:31 mathematics
Programme:Applied Mathematics MSc (60348)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68015
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