Recreating a Burning Wire Experiment

The goal of this paper is to recreate a burning wire experiment, so it can be used in teaching purposes at Penn State. In this experiment nichrome wire 80 is used. The purpose is to get the wire to be red hot and then introduce a magnetic field at its resonance to show the nodes and antinodes. It was seen that thicker the wire easier it was to get red hot and nodes and antinodes were clearly visible. As the wire got thinner, nodes were visible, but antinodes were not. Thinnest wire used was a 30g nichrome 80, which, when subjected to a large amount of current, broke. The wires were attached to a mass of 1000g to provide tension. As this experiment is very complicated, there are many things that still needs further research. Why a wire of certain thickness stays red hot at its antinode while others cannot at their respective resonance. The experimental setup used in this experiment works well and can be used in the future to do in depth study on the wire and its nonlinear properties. Furthermore, wires of different materials can be used and compared with the nichrome wire.



Work Title Recreating a Burning Wire Experiment
Open Access
  1. Aash Chaudhary
  2. Stephen C Thompson
  1. vibrating wire
  2. capstone
License All rights reserved
Work Type Capstone Project
Deposited July 01, 2020




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