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CLIP 10906

Vortex Cannon

Vortex Cannon
Key Info
  • Vortex Cannon
  • Duration: 04:50
  • A mixture of acetylene and air is used to create an explosion to provide the power for a supersonic shockwave. The experiment is then scaled up still further to produce a powerful vortex cannon which produces a visible shockwave vortex that will knock down a brick wall.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Forces - Motion

  • Keywords: forces, air, vortex, sound, shockwave, acetylene, cannon, BangGoesTheTheory
Ideas for use in class
  • Clip 55 from the Bang Goes the Theory teachers pack. To download the pdf please go to Showing how energy can be transferred through the air as in a sound wave.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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