- Smoke ring
A smoke ring is a visible
vortex ringformed by expelling smokethrough an opening. It can be created by blowing smoke from the mouth, while smoking. In general, a smoke ring occurs when a mass of fluid (from the mouth, lungs, or another reservoir) is impulsively pushed through a roughly circular opening, forming a vortex ringjust outside of the opening. The smoke ring travels roughly straight from the opening and maintains its shape until dispersed by turbulence or other interference. The smoke serves to make the flow pattern of the air visible, and does not significantly affect the fluid behavior.Another method of creating a smoke ring involves releasing a mass of fluid with a different density than the surrounding fluid. This can be done in several ways:
Releasing air underwater forms rings of bubbles.
Scuba diversoften do this, and dolphinshave also been observed performing this trick.cite web|author=Don White|title=Mystery of the Silver Rings|accessdate=2007-10-25|url=http://www.earthtrust.org/delrings.html]
vortex ringor smoke ring can be formed in the atmosphere by a rising (falling) mass of warm (cold) air, which is also called a thermal( microburst). One is occasionally at the core of a mushroom cloud, and they can be seen at fire eaterpresentations.
There are five main ways of making a smoke ring with the mouth.Fact|date=October 2008 Although all require the formation of an 'O' with the mouth, they differ in the way the smoke is physically expelled. The first technique is to let smoke into the mouth, then gently flick the tongue to expel a short burst of smoke. The second is to let smoke into the mouth, then while pushing the jaw out, slowly open and close the jaw to push smoke out. The third is to form the 'O' with the lips, then gently say just the very beginning of 'Oh'. The fourth technique is to let smoke into the mouth, and then tap your cheek. The fifth technique differs from the previous three in that one does not need to fill up the mouth with smoke beforehand because the smoke is actually being expelled from the lungs, not the mouth. Most smokers blow rings using some combination of these five techniques. A trick often performed in conjunction with mouth-blown smoke rings is the
French inhale.A lit cigarette or stick of incense can also be used to create a smoke ring. To do this, hold it vertically and quickly raise it about 4 inches, then gently pull it back down. This creates the vortex needed to create a smoke ring.
A smoke ring is also the name for the pink ring that forms around the edges of meat prepared by Texas barbecue, caused by
myoglobinin the meat reacting with carbon monoxideto form a heat stable pigment.Fact|date=July 2007
Vortex ring toys
* [http://www.smokinghookahs.com/how-to-puff-smoke-rings.html How to puff a smoke ring?]
* [http://www.wikihow.com/Blow-Smoke-Rings Blowing a smoke ring] (
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agka9db7sxA Video of a smoke Ring being made]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsftxSLdfgA Video of smoke rings being made]
* [http://www.stromboli.net/etna/etna00/etna0002photovideo-en.html Smoke rings generated by eruptions of Etna volcano]
* [http://www.stromboli.net/volcano/sciara0203/preflow-en.html Smoke rings from Stromboli volcano]
* [http://www.amasci.com/amateur/vortgen.html Instructions on building a smoke ring cannon]
* [http://www.sunbelt-software.com/stu/iraq/ordinance_disposal.htm Smoke rings at US Army disposals in Iraq] (see images on bottom)
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