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Ripple Tank PM02

Ripple Tank PM02

£878.85 exc. 20% VAT(£1,054.62 Inc. VAT)


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  • Equipment for demonstrating properties of waves
  • Uses example of waves in water
  • Can generate circular and straight waves
  • Control unit for frequency and amplitude 
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Ripple Tank PM02

The Ripple Tank PM02 is an equipment set used for demonstrating and investigating the properties of waves, using the example of waves in water.

The unit can generate both circular and straight waves, and an external counter can be connected to the control unit to measure the frequency.

The Ripple Tank includes a drawer for storage of accessories, as well as carrying handles for easy portability. It comes complete with a 12V AC plug-in power supply, ready for use.

How Does the Ripple Tank Work?

The Ripple Tank is a shallow tank with a glass floor inside an aluminium frame, which is filled with water. The tank can be aligned so that it is horizontal via adjustable feet. 

It is possible to generate both circular or straight waves in the tank by means of localised oscillations in air pressure. The frequency and amplitude of those waves can be set up using a control unit, whilst an external counter can be connected to the control unit in order to measure frequency.

An LED lighting system illuminates the ripple tank from above and takes the form of a stroboscope, for which both asynchronous and synchronous frequencies can be set. Underneath the tank, there is an inclined mirror which projects the waves onto a viewing screen.

Contents of the Ripple Tank PM02

  • 1 x ripple tank with projection mirror, viewing screen and lighting system
  • 1 x control unit
  • 1 x plug-in power supply
  • 1 x module for generating straight waves
  • 1 x module for generating circular waves
  • 1 x module for generating two interfering circular waves
  • 1 x long hose
  • 3 x obstructing bodies for reflection and refraction (prism, biconcave lens and biconvex lens)
  • 4 x obstructing bodies for setting up a single slit and a double slit
  • 1 x drainage hose

Experiment Topics

The Ripple Tank can be used within the following experiment topics:

  • Generation of circular and straight waves
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Diffraction
  • Interference
  • Doppler effect

Technical Specification

  • Frequency range: 1- 60Hz, continuously adjustable
  • Stroboscope lighting: LED
  • Terminals for frequency counter: 4mm safety sockets
  • Power supply: 100 – Ÿ 240V plug-in power supply
  • Dimensions of tank structure: 400 x 300 x 320mm
  • Dimensions of projection screen: 375 x 32mm

Delivery Information

The Ripple Tank PM02 is usually delivered within 3 to 5 working days of ordering via UPS courier.

If you would like up to the minute delivery and tracking information for your order, please contact the Lab World Customer Care Team by telephone on 020 7501 1105 or by email using the form below. We look forward to helping you with your enquiry.


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