A lifter is a device that is used to generate thrust using ionized air and with no moving parts. Ion-propelled aircraft is one such example. An ion-propelled aircraft, also known as the ionocraft, provides lift or thrust in the air without any combustion or moving parts with the help of electrohydrodynamics (EHD). It was explained in a book titled Physico-Mechanical Experiments On Various Subjects by Francis Hauksbee in the year 1709. In this article, let us discuss how to make a lifter, but before we learn how to do that let us look at what electrohydrodynamics is in the next section.

What Is Electrohydrodynamics (EHD)?

Electrohydrodynamics is the study of the dynamics of electrically charged fluids. It is also known as electro-fluid-dynamics. In this study, the behavior of ionized molecules or particles, their motion, and their interactions with the electric field are studied. The mathematical representation is as follows:



  • F is the resulting force
  • I is the electric current flow of electric
  • d is the air gap
  • k is the ion mobility coefficient of the working fluid in

What Is A Hydraulic Lifter?

A hydraulic lifter is also known as a hydraulic tappet or hydraulic valve lifter and is defined as the device used to maintain zero valve clearance in an internal combustion engine.


  • There are no service requirements.
  • It is not expensive in terms of operations.
  • The whole process is operated using hydraulic pressure.


  • The noise production will be more due to the oil drain from the lifter.
  • These need more complicated and expensive cylinder head.

How to Make a Lifter?

How to Make a Lifter

Things Needed

  • Card for Indexing
  • Glue
  • ¾- inch round table (1.87- cm)
  • Scissors

How to Make

  1. Try to cut a strip from the index card which would be wider by one third and longer by the same size than the to be lifted object. For instance, a lifter of ¼ inch width and 1-inch length lifter would be necessary for a ¾ round label. Please note that there is no need for the strip size to be accurate.
  2. Try folding the strip of paper in the style of an accordion resulting in the shape of the alphabet letter N. This is the lifter you intended to create.
  3. Rub a dot of glue on one side of the lifter and attach the end with the glue cover against the backside of the diagram where the image would be placed for raising.
  4. Let the glue to settle and then attach the label on the other part of the lifter of paper. If the object intended to be attached does not possess a label with a sticky side, try using glue to secure it at the lifter end.

The above working model would have shown you as to how we could make a lifter of paper with easily available materials in our households like scissors and glue. Such working models would be helpful in engaging the interest of students to a level where they would opt for science as their favorite subject from a claim it to a boring one.

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