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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In aircraft design why are light materials preferred to heavy ones?

Especially given the relative cost between (say) steel and carbon composites. After all, I assume most fuel is consumed overcoming drag not accelerating mass. Once an aircraft reaches cruising speed ...
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Force on pilot ejecting at supersonic speeds?

Using the Rayleigh drag equation, and approximations for the air density, drag and frontal area of the pilot, and mass, at around 300 m/s (subsonic) a pilot might experience deceleration forces of ...
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Calculating wind force and drag force on a falling object

I'm trying to numerically integrate the motion of an object (say, a falling vertical cylinder). Here, there's a drag force: the wind "acting" on the body (presumably adding horizontal velocity) and ...
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Ratio between power of chaotic and regular airflow

Turbulent field is created as a result of an impact of an airjet on an edge (the flow velocity is high enough). The field of velocities have a regular and a chaotic component. What I need is to ...
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Equation derivation for skipping rocks

oWhy can rocks skip over water? For instance, if you conduct an experiment where you drop both rocks from the same height, but give one considerable acceleration in the x direction, one will fall in ...
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Does air density influence a football player's ability to “bend” the ball?

Whilst reading an article on nasa.gov, there was a claim that I found interesting: At higher altitudes, the density r is lower producing a larger radius of curvature and a straighter path. The ...
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How big is the power loss of a downwind wind turbine due to turbulence created by an upwind turbine?

When a horizontal axis wind turbine is placed downwind of another horizontal axis wind turbine (distance between the two is minimal), then the downwind wind turbine has a lower power output because of ...
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Explain an experiment: airstream between two hinged curved surfaces

Please, see the following video (the experiment starts at 3:40 and ends at 3:55): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pB6q_bH35s&feature=youtu.be&t=216 The basic idea: given 2 curved surfaces ...
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How are shock waves related to sound, and are there equations describing its density, size, and pressure?

How exactly does one model a shock wave? I've done a lot of searching and have failed to find any equations where we're able to relate things such as its pressure, density, temperature etc. I've ...
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The demise of the Tacoma Narrows bridge was casused by aeroelastic flutter. But isn't that just a special case of resonance?

Much of the research I've done on the Tacoma Narrows bridge disaster of 1940 attribute the collapse of the bridge due to aeroelastic flutter - not strucural resonance. But isn't aeroelastic flutter ...
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Why does a propeller suck in air from the front?

A rotating but fixed propeller sucks in air from the front. What is the cause for this acceleration of air particles? Since propeller blades act like rotating wings, my best guess is that the blades ...
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Is Magnus effect a corollary of Bernoulli principle?

Magnus effect is commonly explained using Bernoulli principle. However, taking the lift on a rotating cylinder as an example, the velocity difference is caused by the extra work done by the rotating ...
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How to obtain this equation for skipping stones over water?

I think I have a decent conceptual understanding of the forces at work when stones are skipped over water. My question pertains to the equation found in this [source][1]. Reproduced in Latex this ...
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Boundary Layer in aerofoil

I want to know how the top and bottom boundary layer interact at the trailing edge of an aerofoil (zero angle of attack) and what happens to the boundary layer after a small distance from the trailing ...
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How can a petrol car require less fuel at 55mph than a lower speed at the same rpm?

It seems to be widely accepted that somewhere around 55mph is the most economical speed to drive in a conventional petrol car. Recently I ordered an EV, and learned that (with the exception of at ...
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The torque produced in the rotor blades of an axial flow turbine

I want to ask about the torque experienced by a axial flow turbine, and how the torque is related to the ange of attack, or pitch angle of the turbine blades. (I'm new to technical terms, please ...
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How to calculate the actual drag force on a wing?

I want to calculate the actual drag force that a NACA 63-412 wing would experience at a given planform area and relative wind speed. Airfoiltools gives a drag coefficient of 0.01676 for the optimal ...
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How do you calculate/estimate hypersonic leading edge and skin temperatures?

At lower speeds (below Mach 5-ish), stagnation temperature (TAT) is a very accurate proxy for skin temperature. But at mid/high hypersonic speeds (especially in the thin upper atmosphere where mass ...
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Mass flow rate and force on moving disk

If I understood correctly, the force $F$ related to a given mass flow rate $\dot{m}$ through orifice area $A$ (or, say, on a disk of area $A$) is given by Newton's 2nd law of motion - assuming a ...
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Pressure-Velocity relation at a point in a flow

How can we relate pressure and velocity at the same point in a fluid flow? Why does pressure decrease with increase in velocity?
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Why does deflating baloon spurting through the air make circular motion? [duplicate]

When you inflate a balloon and then let it go again, it will fly through the air in an unpredictable motion. My kids (1 and 3 year old) love watching this. At some point my oldest asked how it worked ...
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In momentum theory, what happens if atmospheric velocity is larger than outflow velocity?

I am currently reading up on aerodynamics, essentially the actuator disk concept and momentum theory as it is described in e.g. Basic Helicopter Aerodynamics by Seddon and Newman. There they assume ...
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Why dosen't my boomerang return [closed]

My boomerang I built will only turn just a bit back towards me, but that's it, but why? Is it my design, I incorporated the recommended dimensions from the website I used, such as an 107 degree ...
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Airfoils contradict the law of the lever?

The law of the lever says that "the less force you use, the more distance you have". It is often exemplified by referring to simple machines, but it should apply to all technical systems. But I do not ...
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Why does a parachute open up faster on Mars than on Earth? [closed]

I recently heard that a parachute opens up much faster on Mars than on Earth. Why is that the case? More specifically, during a NASA Edge TV program, one of the scientists working on parachute tests ...
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how much air pressure can be varied (in dapa) when an empty syringe's plunger is pulled in and out?

I'm new to the forums so please guide me appropriately if this is the wrong place to ask this question. When the syringe plunger is puller out ,a negative pressure is created at the nozzle....Isn't ...
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Am i trying to fly by pulling myself up by my hair? [closed]

I'm currently trying to build a multi-rotor of my own, and am testing it when i noticed that the lift that i am supposed to be getting is wayy less than what i am expecting. I have a rectangular body ...
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Finding turbulent velocity Fourier mode amplitudes from kinetic energy spectrum

A random vector field, such as a turbulent flow, can be decomposed into Fourier modes. Taking a snapshot in time (say an initial condition) we have that the randomly fluctuating component of the flow ...
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Why golf balls travel faster if they spin?

From the book I have been given to read I found that balls spin due to the centripetal force but i am confused about how exactly do the resultant force causes it to spin and move forward about the ...
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Where does the loss of kinetic energy of the wind flowing over an airfoil go?

When an airfoil is tested in a wind tunnel the speed of the wind behind the airfoil is less than speed of the wind in front of it. That means the wind loses kinetic energy. The reason for that is drag ...
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How does a supersonic flight speedometer work? [closed]

I'm sure today they can use GPS and radar, but I was pondering the queation when I saw a film clip of a vintage analog dial labeled in mach number. I'm supposing that the usual way of measuring the ...
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Boomerang angular momentum

So I'm building a boomerang to fly 200 feet in order to do that I was told to increase the moment of inertia to increase the resistance from change in state, and I was told that it would increase the ...
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Helicopter, Tricopter, Quadccopter - what's really happening here? Are there generalized advantages on a small scale?

There have been, it seems, a proliferation of quad-copters commercially available. Amazon seriously tried to use them for deliveries. (Search Drone on their website.) The NFL uses one for cameras. ...
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Is this xkcd comic feasible? [closed]

I was reading through some xkcd comics, and I came across this one (http://xkcd.com/620/). In the comic, one of the main characters harnesses 91% his weight in order to be able to 'fly' with the lift ...
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What are the preferred height and diameter proportions for a rocket model?

I'm pretty sure, that if you make a rocket that's relatively small in height compared to diameter, it will most likely not fly very high and probably spin out of control. What about a rocket that is ...
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How much does grabbing a piece of a plane free falling change your survivial?

Just for context let's saying you are falling from a plane in free fall position at 56m/s(200 km/h or 120 mph) and you grab onto a wing which slows you down to 25m/s. You weigh 70kg. so ...
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What are the major differences in group-skydiving as opposed to “single” skydiving?

Surface area/the cross-sectional area is greatly increased, so my thinking is it should decrease terminal velocity as well as a couple of other factors. But mass changes too (since there would be more ...
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Boomerang physics and aerodynamics

I posted a question before on this website asking how to build a boomerang for a project which can fly at least 200 feet, so how would I increase the flight path. A user responded with: slow down the ...
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Thought Experiment: spinning ping-pong ball on International Space Station. What would Happen?

A ping-pong ball with a certain vector and rotation/spin in zero G, 1 atmosphere. If you did this experiment in a space station would the ball 'orbit in a circular fashion. or "Can you throw a ...
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Is there a way to convert CFM (rate of air moved) to kilograms of lift generated?

Is there a way to convert CFM as in a rate of volume of air moved to kilograms of lift generated?
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Boomerang torque and angular momentum

I'm building a boomerang for a project, but I've made it a goal for myself to have a boomerang which can fly at lest 200 feet, so how would I increase the flight path. Angular momentum increases in ...
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Books on experimental methods, fluid mechanics related

I need some good books on experimental methods, requirements are: Fluid mechanics related; Thermal, multi-phase etc. topics should be covered; Traditional methods are good, but it would be greater ...
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Why can't we fly? [closed]

Why can't we fly? It contradicts with our known laws of physics, but which one? Is it possible that once we know gravity better we would be able to fly using some sort of anti-gravity machines like ...
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When an aircraft flies over, glass window vibrates…Infrasound?

When an aircraft flies over, my big glass window vibrates, making a ticktack beating. Its frequency sounds low, less than 10 beats per second actually. I'm wondering about the mechanism of this ...
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Why are flight feathers asymmetric?

I've always heard that flight feathers were asymmetric because the shape generates lift, like an airplane wing airfoil shape. But, the feathers are not oriented with the shaft perpendicular to the ...
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Is more lift always better?

In the domain of aircraft, and more specifically powered flight, is there any case in which you wouldn't want the airfoil used to generate as much lift (and as little drag) as possible at a null angle ...
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Does drag produce heat?

When a solid object moves through a fluid drag is produced. Does this drag produce heat? I believe drag should produce heat as it is the friction between fluid and surface of object. Is this true or ...
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Would Superman's flight be damaging? [closed]

I recently asked this question on the effects of Superman's sonic booms and it's become clear that Physics.SE is better equipped to answer it. I'll set up some assumptions. Superman's travelling to ...
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Measuring small amounts of lift in a wind tunnel

I am doing a science project on how paper airplanes generate lift, and I need to know how to measure the amount of lift generated by the plane.
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Why do vapour cones form around jet fighters?

Apparently this phenomenon has nothing to do with jets breaking the sound barrier and has something to do with the Prandtl-Glauert singularity as described on Wikipedia. But, the Wikipedia article ...