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    Kelvin Water Dropper Experiments


      The Kelvin water dropper, invented by Lord Kelvin, is an electrostatic generator that uses falling water drops to generate voltage by using electrostatic induction.

      Source: Wikipedia (GNU Free Documentation License; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License)

      Background Information

    • Kelvin Water Dropper [View Resource]
    • Kelvin water dropper - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin Life and Work [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Science Fair Projects

    • Test if different types of salts were added to water, then there will be an increase in the efficiency of generating electricity using the Kelvin Water Dropper [View Experiment]
    • Build a Kelvin electrostatic generator and investigate the effect that the water flow rate has on the generator's time to spark [View Experiment]
    • Lord Kelvin's water-drop electrostatic generator [View Experiment]
    • The Kelvin water dropper and how it works (video) [View Experiment]
    • Kelvin Water Dropper Demonstration [View Experiment]
    • Kelvin Water drop experiment [View Experiment]
    • Kelvin's Thunderstorm [View Experiment]
    • Kelvin Water Dropper [View Experiment]
    • Kelvin Water Drop Generator [View Experiment]
    • Electrostatic Experiments [View Experiment]
    • Lego Kelvin Water Dropper [View Experiment]
    • Electric Fields and Charge [View Experiment]
    • Demonstration experiments in physics [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Conducting rod on the axis of a charged ring: The Kelvin water drop generator [View Experiment]
    • An Electrostatic Experiment of Lord Kelvin with Running Water [View Experiment]
    • Can Water Store Charge? [View Experiment]
    • The Electrostatic Production of High Voltage for Nuclear Investigations [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Investigation of climate effects on the global atmospheric electrical circuit using surface potential gradient data [View Thesis]
    • Measurement of Atmospheric Electricity During Different Meteorological Conditions [View Thesis]


    • Polyphase alternating current generator (US Patent 3578998, 1971) [View Patent]

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