Crank It Up! George Mason Students Designed Device That Puts Out Fires With Sound Waves

By: | March 26th, 2015

George Mason University’s Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have designed a device capable of extinguishing fires with sound waves!

Who knew cranking up dubstep and waiting for the drop could actually be used for something helpful?

Using $600 of equipment in total, encompassing amps, a speaker and something thing they call a collimator, Robertson and Tran discovered sound in the 30 to 60 hertz range seems to vibrate the oxygen away from the fuel, causing the flame to die out.

The two students have already proven many of their peers and professors wrong, and actually already have a preliminary patent for their invention.

Next, is deciding whether or not the idea is scalable and if a full patent is necessary?

I’ll guess we’ll just have to wait and see what these two college students decide…

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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