Collapsing Can Experiment

Collapsing Can Experiment

C002/8080 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 18.9MB

Downloadable file size: 1.0MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: CHARLES D. WINTERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This aluminum soft drink can was filled with 1 tablespoon of water and heated over the bunsen burner until the water boiled. Then, as seen here, the can was grasped with tongs, turned upside down, and dipped into a beaker of cold water. The can collapsed almost instantaneously due to the change in air pressure. Boiling the water drove the air out of the can and replaced it with water vapor. When the water vapor condensed, the pressure inside the can became much less than the air pressure outside, causing the can to collapse.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: air pressure, aluminum can, can, chemistry, collapse, collapsing, crush, crushes, crushing, demonstration, educational, experiment, lab, pressure, science, soft drink can

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.