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On anomalously low values of the tensile strength of water

  We provide an explanation for the anomalously low values of liquid tensile strength recorded in some experiments involving the reflection of a pressure pulse (as tension) at the free surface of a column of water, or at a flexible membrane. The present work, which involves a development of the {\textquoteleft}bullet{–}piston{\textquoteright} method of subjecting a liquid to tension, reconciles previous dynamic stressing results with those obtained for water in a steel Berthelot tube under static stressing. It is shown that the anomalously low values of liquid tensile strength cannot be explained in terms of the effect of the free{–}surface transition layer in pulse reflection (as was previously thought) but may be attributed to deficiencies in the techniques previously used to record dynamic tensions.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    08 June 2000

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    The Royal Society

  • DOI:

    10.1098/rspa.2000.0564

  • ISSN:

    1364-5021

  • Library of Congress:

    TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    620 Engineering and allied operations

Citation

Williams, P. R., & Williams, R. L. (2000). On anomalously low values of the tensile strength of water. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 456, 1321-1332. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2000.0564

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