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Published on Jun 9, 2007
I wanted to fined a way to protect an egg from breaking when it decelerated rapidly. I wanted to apply extreme acceleration and then ultimate deceleration, hitting a solid object and have the egg survive. My plan was to surround the egg with a non-Newtonian fluid. The idea was that the force of hitting the ground would be distributed evenly across the surface of the egg. By doing this, the egg with its natural strength would stay in one piece.
As it turns out, the egg is buoyant when in the non-Newtonian fluid that I created. This meant that the force would only be distributed over 80% or so of the surface of the egg. Will it work? My vessel was a simple zip-lock bag.