# Static Electricity Experiment: Control Static Cling

by Ron Kurtus (revised 17 November 2012)

Static cling is when some clothes come from the dryer, they cling together. It also happens when dress slacks or a skirt will cling to your legs when your wear them. A good experiment would be to study this phenomenon and propose a way to control or minimize static cling.

Questions you may have include:

• What is the purpose of the experiment?
• What research must be done?
• What is the experiment?

This lesson will answer those questions.

## Purpose of experiment

To determine a way to reduce the static cling on certain items

## Initial experiments

Do some research about static electricity to determine possible factors in static cling. Some factors include:

• Type of material
• Other materials in dryer
• Humidity

### Measuring cling

Determine how you will quantify static cling. In other words, how do measure the amount of static cling? Is there some sort of a test you can use to compare the amount of cling from one experiment to another?

Have some rating system for amount of static cling observed

• Perhaps take pictures
• Perhaps write out description
• Could use a numbering rating system

### Experiment

Keeping everything else constant, perform some experiments to determine:

• What materials seem to get the most static cling?
• Do other materials in the the dryer affect the amount of static cling?
• The affect of humidity on static cling
• Other factors

Wet items the same amount for each test. Also keep items in dryer the same amount of time.

### Record data

Keep a record of your experiments and data.

## Minimize

Once you have determined the major factors in static cling, you can decide on a way to minimize the amount of cling. Try a given combination under the same conditions as before to see if the cling is much less that before.

## Summary

By studying static electricity, performing experiments to study static cling, and recording the results, you can determine the best way to minimize static cling. Then you can perform an experiment to verify your results.

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