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Jumping Discs - Set of 3

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Jumping Discs - Set of 3These little metal discs are bimetallic - they are made from two different metals - and this enables them to perform an amazing physics trick!The disc is slightly curved, and if you heat the disc in your hands you can then 'pop' the disk so that it bends the other way. You then place it on a flat surface, and it starts to cool. As it cools, the disc will, sooner or later, revert to the initial configuration. When this happens, the disc jumps several feet in the air!Make sure your hands are not too cold - one customer reported problems in getting the discs to work. However he then realised that he had just come in from helping his son make a snowman in the garden, and his hands were really cold. Once his hands warmed up, the discs worked again! One customer suggested holding the discs against a mug of hot tea, which certainly warms them up very effectively!These discs were originally supplied by Edmund Scientific in New Jersey some 15-20 years ago. When the man in charge of the operation sadly passed away, nobody knew how to produce the discs anymore. Now a new designer in Europe has started making them again.HOW DO THEY WORK?The discs are in interesting example of differential expansion. The disc is a bimetal, having stainless steel on one side and invar on the other. Invar is a nickel-iron alloy containing 36% nickel. This alloy has a very low coefficient of linear expansion by comparison with the stainless steel.Heat causes the bimetal disc to expand and cooling makes it contract. Since the two surfaces expand and contract at highly different rates in response to changes in temperature, it is possible to 'lock' the disc in the loaded position when it is hot; then, as the disc cools, the increasing tension will eventually cause it to jump into the air as it reverts to its original shape!Supplied as a set of 3 discs. Made in EU

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Customer reviews
Works great!
Paul K.
Delivered product exactly as expected.
Allan Velt Review collected by Feefo
When they work they are great, but I really couldn't get them to pop just by frictioning them with my hands, I had to use some hot object.
Pietro Battiston Review collected by Feefo
Quite difficult to operate with hand heat, and aren't incredibly impressive when they do pop up.
William Toohey Review collected by Feefo
Fun to just let hop, and interesting to explain the science of how they react like that.
David Whisler Review collected by Feefo
They work exactly as promised. Granted, you need warmer hands than mine to really make it work on the first go. But, the directions included noted a few cheats for people with chilly hands.
Grace Conyers Review collected by Feefo
Damien Dugas Review collected by Feefo
Can't get them to work at all.
Martin Frey Review collected by Feefo
John Watts Review collected by Feefo
Have Not received it yet.
James Bradley Review collected by Feefo