Thermal Spray

Geyser

You know that you are hanging out with engineers when you share that you have a great thermal spray shot to show them, and they seem confused that you show a picture of a geyser (like the one I am featuring here today). I was quickly informed that in industrial terms, Thermal Spray, is a method for applying specialty coatings to mechanical equipment and parts…not a geothermic phenomenon. Oops!

This photo is not of thermal spray (well kind of) but of the Great Geyser in the Haukadalur valley, Iceland. As shared by the photographer, Mei Burgin:

“It the oldest known geyser and one of the world’s most impressive examples of the phenomenon. The English word geyser to describe a spouting hot spring derives from Geysir (which itself is derived from the Icelandic verb gjósa meaning to erupt. The English verb gush is probably related to that word). Geysir lies on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill at [show location on an interactive map] 64°19′0.05″N 20°17′59.64″W / 64.3166806, -20.2999, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 400 metres south.

Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 60 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time.”

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