Research solves centuries-old riddle
"Since the seventeenth century, famous scientists and natural philosophers have been trying to understand the exceptional properties of these drops," said Srinivasan Chandrasekar, a Purdue professor of industrial engineering and director of the university's Center for Materials Processing and Tribology. "Rupert's drops have been a curiosity for about 400 years."
These small glass structures resembling tadpoles that can withstand the blows of a hammer and yet burst into powdery dust by simply snipping their threadlike tails have been a source of fascination and mystery since they were discovered in the 17th century.
Now an international research team has pinpointed the source of the bizarre shatter-resistant behavior behind Prince Rupert's drops. The work was a collaboration of researchers from Purdue University, the University of Cambridge in the UK, and Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.
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