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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How to end up with Newtons in the calculation of the lift force

In another StackExchange Physics question, @Rego had found the following equation to calculate the lift force generated by a simple rectangular blade. $$F = \omega^2 L^2 l\rho\sin^2\phi$$ in ...
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How can you calculate air resistances at different speeds?

I've read that at 50mph air resistance to an average car is the equivalent of driving through water and at 80mph it's the equivalent of driving through oil. I can't find any references online to ...
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Why does mini quadcopter doesn't maintain altitude?

I have a mini quadcopter controlled by remote controller. I have set the motors (e.g 50% thrust) it will remain at altitude at 10 cm~ but once I increase to 80% and then follow by decrease to 50% I ...
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Motion of elevating airplane

I wonder how the motion of an airplane which will not try stop to elevate should look like. Of course, at some point the plane will no longer be able to go to higher altitudes but is it going to stay ...
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How can electrostatic forces provide lift to the gossamer spider?

I was reading this article entitled "“Ballooning” Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift". What I would like to know is how can a electrostatically charged object generate lift within the ...
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What is the physics behind Roger Federer's & Rafael Nadal's iconic shots

Two Iconic players of Tennis, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal, with two iconic shots. One with a top spin forehand & other with a slice backhand. I want to understand the physics of these two ...
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Efficiency estimation for small-scale (~15cm) propellers

First up, apologies if this isn't quite the place for this; Aerospace is still in Area 51 so there doesn't seem to be a better place for it. If it helps, feel free to give theoretical answers and I'll ...
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What is wrong with this downforce calculcation?

I tried calculating the downforce of a spoiler I need for a robot. I used this formula. $$F = \frac{1}{2}Ac_a\rho v^2$$ Where $\rho$ is air density, $v$ is the speed of my robot, $c_a$ is the lift ...
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Book recommendations for fluid dynamics self study [closed]

I have my bachelors degree in engineering science: computer science, option electrotechnic. I have a good understanding of basic mechanics and dynamics, calculus (differential equations). The books ...
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In a turning plane, will the vector of combined centrifugal plus gravity force experienced by passengers be perpendicular to the floor?

In a turning plane, will the vector of combined centrifugal plus gravity force experienced by passengers be perpendicular to the floor? In other words, will the passengers experience the feeling of ...
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Calculating rotor torque out of mass center

Suppose I have an engine with propeller. I know there is aerodynamic force pushing the propeller opposite direction the engine is turning it. One component of this force is creating lift, but second ...
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Aerodynamics drag of hollow cylinder vs solid cylinder of the same cross area?

I wonder how a hollow cylinder at the same cross area perform vs a solid one, i.e the hollow cylinder has larger radius? I guess they have a similar drag, is that true?
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Ducted or open fluid flow, which is best for aerodynamics and lift [closed]

I'm designing a copter and trying to decide if the propellers should be ducted or open axial flow. I've read some theory on ducted and open air flow but I can't find any where that compares the two. I ...
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Why can't supersonic planes “just fly higher” to go faster while maintaining cost?

First post to this site, and I've got at most a high school background in physics - I really appreciate any answer, but I may not be able to follow you if you're too advanced. I suppose this goes for ...
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Why do wind power plants have just 3 blades? [duplicate]

Why do wind power plants have just 3 blades? It seems that adding more blades would increase the area that interacts with the wind and gather more energy. (Image from Wikipedia.)
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Equal Transit Time Fallacy [duplicate]

I learned, in grade school, that lift was generated via the particles on either side of the wing having to reach the other end at the same time. Looking back, that indeed has no physicality to it. So ...
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Are the hypotheses of the Bernoulli equation satisfied for a bird or airplane wing at low Mach number?

A previous question by David Zaslavsky was a request for a broad, "how things work" type of explanation of the lift of an airfoil. The answers given there are enlightening, but don't address a more ...
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Enginering question about F1 car

In formula F1 car, air coming infront of the car goes up with very high velocity as a result pressure difference is created which is very high from Bernoulli theorem.. The F1 car is very light so ...
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Why is it hard to breathe when cycling against the wind?

Sometimes when I bicycle against hard wind, I find it difficult to breathe. Others I have discussed it with have also noticed this effect. A possible related phenomenon that I heard from an ...
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Concerning the curvature of an airfoil (shape)

I am wondering about the reasons for the shape of a turbine blade airfoil, see here Do you know the reason for this shape? Usually, very large curvatures like this are to extract high lift from LOW ...
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Could some design of a propeller be used in both air and water?

Propellers in water are smaller in diameter. They also move more slowly. On the other hand, aircraft propellers are larger in diameter, have narrower blades and operate at very high speeds. An ...
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Liquid oxygen how do they use it as fuel?

Rockets are said to be using liquid oxygen as fuel. How do they use liquid oxygen since it's just oxygen, it only helps in the combustion process. How can it be a fuel on its own?
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Whats the anti-torque mechanism in horizontal take-off aircraft?

In most helicopters there is the anti-torque tail rotor to prevent the body from spinning in the opposite direction to the main rotor. What's the equivalent mechanism in horizontal takeoff single ...
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How does an aeroplane maintain balance during maneuvers?

I understand the principle behind flight, how the lift is generated etc. What I don't understand is when there are maneuvers made where the plane flies such that the wings are in vertical plane, how ...
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Surviving Free Fall with the Help of Mr. Bernoulli

What is the best strategy to survive a free fall naked out of a jetliner at cruising altitude (ignoring temperature)? For instance, my strategy would be to streamline my fall so that my terminal ...
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effect of internal forces to a glider's descent

This is a continuation of a previous question, with more thinking applied, thanks to a helpful comment. Imagine a glider is airborne in a breezeless sky. The glider is 3 KM high, is traveling at 100 ...
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Why does an airplane need to climb during a takeoff even if it is in emergency situation?

Right after take-off (which means an airplane already exceeded V1) it is recommended that an airplane keeps climbing even when emergency occurs. Beside worries of crashing into houses and buildings by ...
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What is the optimal weight for a golf ball?

I am 32 now, and have forgotten the basic physics formulas we used in school. I am sitting with a question that is bugging me. If I had to hit two golf balls of different weight with the same force, ...
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Is the total pressure coefficient always 1 in incompressible flow?

I have to do some calculations to get the drag from an experiment with a wake rake. In the equation I have to enter the total pressure coefficient $C_{pt}$, but in my calculations it seems to always ...
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Effective angle of attack of a wing

Is the angle of attack of a rectangular wing influenced by the dihedral ($\Gamma$) of the wing? If e.g. a wing exists with $\Gamma$ = 0$^{o}$ it has angle of attack $\alpha$. If the dihedral is set ...
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Aircraft nose-up glide

In the pilot's introductory book "Stick and Rudder" it claims that a nose-up glide is possible. It doesn't state how, why or when. It implies it's possible to do and maintain a constant forward ...
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How fast does water fall in the middle of a very very thick waterfall?

Let me create a very artificial experimental set up. Take a bathtub the size of Delaware and suspend it a mile above the ground. Fill it with water (though I'm not sure to what depth - and it might ...
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Forces on an aircraft - thrust, lift, drag, weight

I'm extremely sceptical about the wikipedia page on aircraft flight mechanics. When describing 'straight climbing flight', it says: lift is unable to alter the aircraft's potential energy or ...
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Position of aerofoil force moment, center of pressure, aerodynamic center

I'm confused by wikipedia's page on aerofoils, the aerodynamic center, and center of pressure; it seems to contradict itself. The airofoils page says the center of pressure is at the same position as ...
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Propeller modelling

I need a (very) approximate model of a propeller on an aircraft. My principal question is this: what would the relationship be between: Propeller rate of rotation Aircraft speed Force generated by ...
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Air Turbulence and DIY laminar flow hoods

So for years on the mycology, plant tissue culture, and DIY laboratory websites there has been this ongoing debate on how to achieve laminar flow in a home built laminar flow hood. Flow hood link! ...
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How should holes in a Tesla turbine look like?

I think of building a Tesla turbine out of old hard drives. Now I wonder how to cut ventilation holes in the platters. On the internet there are a lot of different attempts on that matter. A lot of ...
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What causes an aircraft to roll when rudder is applied

When continuous rudder is applied in a typical light aircraft during straight and level flight at "normal" flying speeds and altitudes, the primary effect is that the aircraft will yaw to the left - ...
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Do modern Formula One cars produce enough down-force to drive upside-down?

For example, if they were driving at top speed through a long tunnel, could they transition to and stay on the ceiling?
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Estimating drag due to wind - ribbon-shaped sail

In the countless calculations and discussions concerning the "space rope" I've never found any addressing its capability to resist winds. Consider, as in most current works, it's a 1m wide ribbon, ...
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Disconnected aileron/surface deflection in terms of speed?

Would a disconnected surface, especially aileron, deflect upwards as you slow down due to increased alpha? I figure out it is more likely to deflect upwards as you increase your airspeed, thus having ...
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Control cable failure and critical flutter speed margin?

I'm a private pilot, and I have some questions to those who have knowledge of the aeroelastic effects and flutter phenomenon. I would like to talk a little about aerodynamic flutter onset speed and ...
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Limitations of drag equation

The magnitude of the air resistance for objects with Reynolds numbers greater than 1000 is given by the formula: Why it does not hold for objects with lower Reynolds numbers? Can I use this ...
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Why do cars gain lift while going at a high speed?

I've been researching the physics involved with spoilers and I've just been turning up the same information about spoilers giving the back wheels of a car more traction by acting as an up side down ...
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Energy from man-made tornadoes

Peter Thiel just paid $300,000 to Canadian inventor Louis Michaud who is working to construct useful "man-made tornadoes" or "atmospheric vortex engines" which could be components of future power ...
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Stability of balanced masses with different surface areas

Say I have this setup. The two round objects have equal mass and their centers of gravity at the same distance from the shaft. The objects only differ in that they have different surface areas ...
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Does a wing in a potential flow have lift?

I have a hard time understanding whether or not a wing placed in a potential flow, assuming there is no viscosity and no friction with the wing, will produce a lift. I've seen several contradictory ...
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What velocity must an aircraft achieve for its shock wave to transform to plasma?

A follow-up to After what speed air friction starts to heat up an object? I understand there may be technological limitations at present ... but, is it theoretically possible for a body to travel ...
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Turning an airplane - coordinated turn and inclinometer (“the ball”)

I'm flying, turning in a stable orbit, i.e. at constant level with a constant angle of bank, at constant airspeed, with a constant radius of turn, as in the picture here (sorry it's my first post, ...
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What alternative shapes may a rocket heading into orbit have?

It looks like most rockets that head out of Earth, or even into orbit are pencil shaped (or nearly so). I would take this to mean there is some mass of air such vehicles push out of their way. What ...