It doesn’t break — it explodes

Ever heard of a Prince Rupert’s drop? Me either. It’s formed by dropping a blob of molten glass into water, causing the outside of the blob to cool much faster than the inside. Result: weird internal pressures that make the drop incredibly strong and impossible to break. But…you can explode it.

Check out the video here, which shows what’s happening in awesome slow motion, and also has a pretty amusing illustration method for the internal stresses. Max resolution and full screen is advised.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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One Response to It doesn’t break — it explodes

  1. Ana_ñ says:

    How cool!
    Indeed awesome the slow motion.
    It amazed us, imagine 17th century people…

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