A subset of [tag:fluid-dynamics] concerning primarily forces such as lift and drag generated on bodies as they move through gasses or as gasses move through the body (typically air).

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Calculating rocket thrust

for my recent project I'm trying to compute somewhat accurate rocket physics (although approximations are good enough - for example for aerodynamics). The project is about making "game-like" ...
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Roll angle for banked turn of an aircraft on a tilted plane

It is known that for a banked turn of an aircraft on a plane parallel to the ground, the roll angle $\Theta$ computes as $\Theta=\arctan(\frac{a}{g})$, with $a=\frac{v^2}{r}$ the centripetal ...
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Vacuum chamber in a space rocket? [on hold]

FYI I am a complete noob in the field of rocket design. Question: Why don't space rockets that take off vertically from the ground have a vacuum chamber in the rocket during takeoff? Also, is the ...
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When a tram brakes there is a huge volume of air getting inside the vehicle, if the windows are open. Why?

I have noticed this weird phenomenon. When a tram brakes with the windows open, there is a huge volume of air entering the vehicle. Much, much more air gets in when it brakes than when it accelerates ...
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Height formula of a sphere inside a pipe

I have a pipe with a ball inside it and a blowing air through it. Look this image: The air is blowing in the direction of $F_a$. $F_a$ Is the air force and $P$ is the weight force. What I want ...
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Spin on the rack

Bike mounted on hitch rack. Why wheels spin constantly while I drive? I can't find anything on the internet. The kids in the other cars love to watch them
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If a high speed car or train enters a tunnel, will the aerodynamics effect slow it down and hence requiring more energy to maintain speed?

Speed and distance are two main determinants in this question. A slow moving vehicle or train entering a tunnel is unlikely to be affected by the presence of solid stationery object covering them. But ...
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Is a falling leaf an example of a chaotic system?

Let´s assume is a wind still day in autumn. When a little change is made in the initial motion of a leaf at the time it falls off a tree, the resulting path of motion of the leaf is very different ...
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Intuitive explanation for lower pressure above airfoil

From Bernoulli's principle we know for an incompressible fluid (constant density $\rho$) in a gravitational potential $\psi=gz$, that we can state the equation along a streamline from point 1 to point ...
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what causes airborne bodies to tilt?

Imagine a Helium-inflated oblate spheroid floating still (A). Buoyancy force cancels gravity force on Y axis. Object is tied to ground with a rope. If a wind force is applied on X axis, why does the ...
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When does the shock occurred?

I'm between this 2 conditions that when does the shock occurred over an airfoil. When the speed of point of an airfoil reach to sonic velocity of environment. When the speed of point of an airfoil ...
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Plane landing into a tunnel

Typical action movies cliché is landing a plane in a tunnel or even a flight in a tunnel. Let's drop any doubts about supreme heroic piloting skills of the characters etc. and focus on aerodynamics. ...
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Why does the shock in viscous flow occur sooner than non-viscous one?

Why does the shock in viscous flow occur sooner than non-viscous one? If we want to discuss about drag, which one has bigger drag? This figure may help.
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How does quadcopter's battery capacity relate to it's maximum flight time?

Suppose that we have a quadcopter weighing 3 kg (without a battery) and a battery (let it be Li-Ion type) weighing 2 kg. With this battery our quad can hover for 20 minutes until the battery runs ...
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Modelling an Airplane Question

For an assignment of mine I am creating a very basic model of an airplane, where I choose to consider a fixed amount of parameters that affect flight and to disregard others which I find too difficult ...
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Is it possible that viscous flow has a higher lift to drag ratio than inviscid flow?

I have a code for airflow around an airfoil. When I compare viscous and non-viscous flow at the same Mach number for a cruise, viscous flow has a higher lift to drag ratio than non-viscous flow. Is it ...
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What forces are involved in bending a freekick like that? [duplicate]

Look at this amazing, incredible goal (higher resolution at youtube). What are the possible forces that can conspire together to make the ball bend like that?
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Calculate ballistics using Pejsa method (bullet physics)

I'm not sure if it was already asked, but, could someone please explain the Pejsa method of ballistics, specifically the velocity and trajectory (no energy, wind or lead etc.) (just drop drift and ...
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Effect of paint on drag force [closed]

Aerospace engineering as well as automobile engineering gives a particular significance to the shape of a vehicle to enable proper and more effective transportation.What I want to know, is, about the ...
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Physical intuition for Lamb vector

In many aerodynamical descriptions involving vortex structures (e.g. the Crocco's theorem) there is a useful physical quantity called Lamb vector: $$ \vec{\omega} \times \vec{v} $$ where ...
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Why is an airplane propeller so different from a boat propeller in shape? [closed]

Examples: Airplane propeller Source:http://www.sensenich.com Boat propeller Source:http://www.nauticexpo.com It is obvious that the airplane propeller is drastically different from the boat ...
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Boeing 737 Homework Problem [closed]

I have done the above problem, but have come out with a rather large surface area. Could someone point out my mistake(s)? Given/Assumptions: I assume $\sum F_y=0$ because it's level and straight. ...
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Simulating supersonic flight in game

So this question about how to implement a good looking simulation of super-hypersonic flight of a rocket from launch point to orbit. I have an idea how to implement a good looking aerodynamic on ...
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How is egg shaped ball different from a spherical ball, aerodynamically?

I don't know whether this is the right place to ask this question or not but, how is an egg shaped ball aerodynamically different that the spherical ball? What advantages could one have over the ...
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Power vs. Speed - Indoor rowing

In the sport of indoor rowing (and probably others) I know that to double your speed you must increase your power output by a factor of eight. I am wondering why this is the case. The indoor rower ...
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Are raindrops actually “shaped like tears” when they fall?

Raindrops are always pictured like this, people imagine they have this shape when they fall, but is this true? Doesn't this shape create too much drag? What shape do they really have? It would also be ...
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Aircraft Thrust to weight ratio contradiction with energy conservation

Usually, airliners have (Thrust/Weight) T/W ratio in the range of 0.2 to 0.8 and for steady flight W = lift My question is, for example, that Antonov 225 has Thrust/weight: 0.234 for max takeoff ...
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rocket vertical landing [closed]

SpaceX has published a couple of videos that show one of their heavy-lift rockets landing vertically in a highly specific location. How is it possible that they are able to control so many ...
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How to estimate wind speed from a pressure difference?

Does a formula (or a rule of thumb) exist to estimate the wind speed between a high pressure area and a low pressure area given the pressure difference between the two areas? Only the wind resulting ...
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Can the Arcaboard fly?

Recently, BBC news had a video that claimed to show a "real" hoverboard: As far as I can tell, there are 36 small fans on this device, and it seems to be flying just a few inches off the ground. ...
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Equal transit fallacy in viscous materials

Does the equal transit theory work in viscous materials? It would seem here that if one were flying through something like gelatin the particles would come together at the tail end of the wing.
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How do I figure out the totally airborne height for a given machine?

Technically "airborne" can just mean to move through the air, but I would like to know how high you have to be before you are entirely supported by air in a helicopter-like machine, as opposed to ...
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Why do throwing knives need to be balanced?

Indeed, unbalanced throwing knives are used, but I have read that balanced throwing knives are easier to use, because due to their geometric center being the same as their center of mass. Why would ...
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Lift provided to an aeroplane [duplicate]

We say that aeroplanes find lift due to an effect explained by Bernoulli's theorem. But isn't newton's third law of motion applicable along with Bernoulli's theorem? otherwise, an aeroplane wouldn't ...
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Conflicts between Bernoulli's Equation and Momentum Conservation?

The well known Bernoulli's equation states that $P+\frac{\rho V^2}{2}=c$ However, a simple momentum conservation considering $P_1$ and $P_2$ acting on two sides, and velocity changes from $V_1$ to ...
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How can we calculate the maximum height of a fountain? [closed]

There are two limiters in this question. First is drag of air. Second is the viscous forces of pipe.(belong to the tube where water hitts up) The question is how can we calculate the maximum height ...
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How drag force relates to velocity in the air?

As you know in the formula of drag $$F=0.5 *d*A*C*v^2$$ in different velocities we have different Reynolds number. and the Reynolds number relates to coefficient of drag. my question is how can we ...
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Do objects have a tendency to fall in their most aerodynamic position?

In one of my physics classes, we are using slow motion video to analyze the falling motion of an object and then find out the drag coefficient of that object etc. I noticed while doing this that if I ...
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What is the difference between the Method of Characteristics being formulated in terms of theta & alpha and theta & nu?

So I'm doing an MSc thesis involving the method of characteristics in rocket nozzles. My lecture notes have the MoC formulated such that the positive characteristics are defined as: C+ = Tan ( ...
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Why don't surfboards fly out the back of a utility truck when driving on the highway?

I have never had it happen myself and every time I throw my boards (shortboards not malibus) in the back of someone's ute, with no cover on the tray, they always assure me they'll be alright( the ...
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Can a glider maintain a constant forward velocity component?

I have a puzzle which asks me to consider a (engineless) glider descending at a constant rate and flying at a constant forward velocity (in still air). The question asks how to derive sink rate, $v_s ...
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How does a nozzle behave differently at different velocities of flow?

A converging duct acts as a nozzle for subsonic flows while the same nozzle acts as a diffuser (decelerator) for supersonic flows? How does this actually work?
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Can Bernoulli fly a car?

I need to settle an argument. How much influence, if any, does the Bernoulli principle have in sending a stock car traveling at 200 MPH sailing through the air when the air pressure unexpectedly ...
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Could a bladeless “Tesla Turbine” type air compressor be used as a high vacuum pump?

I have a wacky idea for a new vacuum pump, I'm trying to figure out why it shouldn't work. I'm interested in learning about Tesla Turbines, specifically when used in reverse as compressors or vacuum ...
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Gliders in a trailer

Everybody has heard I the old thought expirement of the birds in the trailer where the man hits the trailer the birds take flight and the trailer gets lighter. This has been disproven by the ...
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How does wind cause a wind turbine to spin? [duplicate]

How does wind cause a wind turbine (pictured) to spin? I cant find a good source on google to explain this to me. This question should help me understand better how a turbine is spun in a jet engine. ...
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How does gas spin the turbine in a jet engine?

I am confused about how the energy from the ignited gas spins a turbine in a jet engine, as pictured below ...
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Speed limit to air travel? [closed]

Is there a hard limit on the speed of air travel on earth? That is, if you consider the way the human body reacts to gravity. Is there active research ongoing in this area?
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Why do papers fly off the wall when you run past?

Another example is walking past a book and the pages of the book will fly forward. When you run, why do you blow air to knock over papers off the wall or turn pages of a book?
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How does a boomerang behave in microgravity?

Let's say I have perfected a boomerang throwing machine - in Earth surface conditions the boomerang is always thrown the same way, and always returns to the throwing arm. And let's say I've sponsored ...