Why a Shower Curtain Is Blowing In on You

Date: 2020-03-08 17:00:06


Have you ever wondered why is the shower curtain clinging to your leg like a wet, frightened puppy? What makes it blow towards you? Almost every theory about drifting shower curtains says c that the curtain isn’t really attracted to you. Instead, the water is somehow pulling your curtain inwards.

Most people blame the heat of your shower. But any Bright Sider knows: heat rises. The idea is that this rising heat creates an updraft that lifts the shower curtain towards the source of heat – and — because you’re standing between the curtain and shower’s stream, the curtain collides with you on its heat-ward-bound journey. The problem with this premise is that… your shower curtain behaves the same way when you take a cold shower!

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Does the temperature of the water matter? 0:56
A little physics (don’t be scared, it’s easy!) 2:15
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How to deal with your shower curtain 4:29
Vortex in your shower 6:51

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– One of the theories regarding your shower curtain’s attraction to water is that warming temperatures reduce air pressure—causing the shower curtain to blow in.
– It could be caused by lower pressure that stems, not from heat, but from rushing water.
– Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli suggested that the faster water moves, the lower the pressure around it.
– Are you one of those people whose shower curtain never floats all over them? You probably have a heavy shower curtain.
– The amount of potential lift we’re talking about, from air pressure change in the shower, is slight. It’s enough to affect a very thin, lightweight curtain.
– Manufacturers often sew weights into the hems of their shower curtains.
– Magnets are another popular fix. Of course, magnets will only work if your tub or shower base has a metal surface.
– Curved shower rods don’t quell the tendency for curtains to billow inward, but the rod’s outward bulge does increase the distance between you and the curtain.
– David Schmidt, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, wondered about this so much that he created a computer program that simulated the conditions inside a shower using “modern fluid-simulation technology.”
– Schmidt concluded that the culprit is… a vortex! A vortex is the center of a whirlpool or tornado; it’s that hollow in the middle of a swirl.
– In nature, vortices slow down and disappear rather quickly, but— while the one created in the center of your shower spray may be too weak for you to see—it’s strong enough to draw a lightweight curtain into it.

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