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The speed of air rising through a heated tube

I would like to get an explanations of an observed physical phenomena. When a metal tube is placed vertically and heated and the air inside rises, the speed of the air moving through the tube ...
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When I open a window to air out the room, how does the smell disperse?

Let's say I'm in a room with some kind of noxious stink, possibly of flatulent nature. The quickest way to right the world that comes to mind is to open a window. When I open a window, how do the ...
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Repel air by electrostatic charge

It is known that an electrostatically charged object can repel or attract a flow of water. Can this also apply to an air flow? And if so, would it happen only due to the humidity via water molecules, ...
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Which air will give more effective cooling ? Dry or Moist?

Yesterday, I had an innovative idea. I live in India, and in summer season, the temperature can reach up to 45 degree Celsius. We use Split 1.5 Ton AC in our small office. The idea is to put an ...
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Compute affect of a shower on density altitude

As a pilot I have a basic understanding of density altitude, how temperature affects the effective air pressure: I noticed recently that I have difficulty breathing when I take a shower in Santa ...
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Air friction at supersonic velocities

I know that if an object moves in the air, it can experience two types of drag, laminar and turbulent. For instance, I have a meteor of ideal spherical shape falling from edge of space, say, 100 km up ...
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Does a ceiling fan sound louder when humidity is higher?

It seemed to me the ceiling fan is making louder noise(of cutting through the air) when the day is a bit damp/humid, especially after a rainy day/hour. Is this a valid observation? Can the increased ...
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How much does humidity affect air expansion in a heated raft tube?

Whitewater rafts that are subject to the sun while off the water, and cold in the water, are subject to significant changes in pressure. In the water this can mean reduced performance due to lower ...
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If you brought a hollow one-inch cube of steel filled with air into space, would the air exert a pressure of 14.7 psi on the cube?

In my thought experiment, since air exerts $14.7$ psi at sea level, the air within the cube of steel should exert the same pressure outward, $14.7$ psi. Right? The whole thing about balanced air ...
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Simple air resistance experiment

I have a paper plate, and I'm taping paper streamers to it. I have 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 streamers. I tried to place the streamers at places equidistant from the next. 2mm are attached to the plate and ...
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Density and statistical models for visible air dust

If a laser beam is looked at from the side versus a dark background, a sparkling effect can be seen caused by dust particles in the air hit by the beam. Is there any simple model or coarse ...
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Air Thermal Conductivity vs Humidity

If air of a certain temperature blows through a car radiator (or a computer case), what effect will air humidity (non-condensing) have on cooling rate?
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Calculating PSI generated by water entraining air as it flows down a pipe

This is the concept used in a trompe. Basically, the idea is that if we allow water to flow down a pipe and if that pipe has inclined air intake orifices near the top where the water enters, then the ...
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Why does the perforated tin foil on a shisha pipe rise when smoking?

Imagine this setup (just without the windguard): When applying negative pressure at the hose, I can observe the perforated tin foil separating the charcoal from the bowl rise a few millimeters, ...
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Air resistance of a general shape object

I'm trying to code a simple physics simulator in C++ but I'm stuck on the air resistance issue. Surfing the Internet I only find a drag coefficient for very basical area shapes when the air is ...
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What exactly is Breakdown Voltage of Air?

Most of the online sources say that the breakdown voltage of air is 30kV/cm. I've made a Cockcroft Walton multiplier and I can see the air breaking in between 17-18kV/cm. Only in a discussion at one ...
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Calculating optimal heat dissipation/air-flow out-of/into an enclosure - hole size vs number of holes

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I figured it would be a physics question. Essentially I have an enclosure that I will be using to house the components to build a computer. I am ...
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Lining up fans in a row

Im new to this website, and not extremely educated in the world of physics. I have a very basic (mostly high school, some college) understanding of physics. That being said, I work for the fire ...
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Air flow through a tube

During a discussion, a friend explained to me that the volume of air flowing through a tube could be increased up to the point where the air reached supersonic velocity. Presumably the pressure ...
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How to calculate maximum wind speed in a funnel (Venturi Effect)?

It must be in an open area, so nothing forces the wind, just himself. Lets assume that the wind is blowing only one direction. I assume that at some point the speed will stop increasing and it will ...
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What is the critical diameter ratio of a cone shaped reducer before air overflows

Let's assume we have a cone shaped cylindrical reducer with $D_1$ inlet and $D_2$ outlet diameter (funnel). Air flows through it with velocity $v_1$ at inlet and $v_2$ at outlet. With the velocity ...
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Forced convection: temperature gradient in conical pipe

My situation involves a conical pipe of known dimensions and material composition. Warmer-than-ambient air is added to the small end at a steady, known flow rate. I'm hoping for a way to estimate ...
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Heat transfer between river and air

There is a temperature sensor about 200 feet back from a large river, at about the same height as the river. A sewage pipe continuously dumps water of about 12 degrees C in the river directly in front ...
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unknown stresses in double-layer glass window

I live in cold place where outside temperature drops to -20. Currently, we have -20 and on my window, which is doubled layer glass with trapped air in between, I found a "polarized stress spectrum" ...
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Which is the most accurate way to model the fundamental atmospheric parameters of the Earth?

I need to calculate the fundamental atmospheric parameters, I mean the actual ones, this is not an exercise but a model for a real world application so I need to take account of the humidity of air. I ...
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What kinds of reactions happen when bubbling air through water?

Mostly I have seen air bubbling used to remove impurities in the water itself, like exemplified in this course packet. This is called "Sparging," but I have yet to learn much about transfer between ...
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Closed pipe/sound resonance sound type sound coming from mineral processing plant

I work near a very large mineral processing plant which does vibrate our building and there is also a sound/feeling very similar to the closed pipe/sound resonance that is achieved when opening a back ...
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What liquid has the lowest known solubility of O2 at 20°C, 1 atm?

I have recently started a project on hydropneumatic devices, i.e. devices that use hydraulic fluids in conjunction with high pressure gases. In such systems, the most immediate thing you would want ...
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Excitation of air with the eigen-frequency

I was just wondering (as a layman) what the eigenfrequency of breathable air is? If it exists: what would be the effects of exciting air with its eigenfrequency (w/ regard to humans, matter nearby?)
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What amount of force could be created by a person “swimming” in air?

Had a question on a physics test, a person is at rest on a frictionless surface and can not throw anything, can they move? I said yes, by "swimming" against the air and got docked because "it ...
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power of an engine with wind

I know the power of an engine to overcome air drag is $1/2 c_d ρAv^3$. If the speed of the car $25\ \mathrm{m s}^{-1}$ (relative to the ground) and it travels in opposite direction to a wind at a ...
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How can air pollution contribute towards light pollution?

I was just wondering if air pollutants such as soot, could reflect light into the night sky, and thus be a potential source of light pollution. If that's true, can you please suggest any other air ...
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Affect of temperature and pressure on humidity

If the temperature outside is 0°C and the air is fully saturated, when I heat the air to 21°C without adding any water the relative humidity inside the house would be a very dry 25%. The dewpoint does ...
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How to restict air flow without reducing pressure

I have a large volume of lightly pressurized air say 10000 cubic feet at 1 psi above atmospheric pressure. I want to move it to another area through a duct which is 20 in by 20 in. Airflow will be ...
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Can 1km diameter ball of water preserve it's integrity before hitting the ground falling from 10km altitude?

I still argue with my friend over some big ball of water (1km in diameter) that is being instantly created 10km over the surface of the earth in perfect sphere form. I stated, that as it hit the Earth ...
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When does $PV = const$ stop being true?

My problem is the following: a 15-liters cylinder contains air compressed at 370 bar. How many liter will flow out of the cylinder once uncompressed at 1 bar? I thought that I could use $PV = const$ ...
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Why does individual N2 molecule rise when heated?

I get that hot air is less dense so it rises due to floatation and all, but what happens to one individual diatomic Nitrogen that it increases it's distance from ground? And why is it that the air is ...
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Simulating pneumatic tools/devices?

I need to simulate an air compressor/pneumatic system for a train simulator. How do I find the pressure of an air tank after lots of things have used small portions of the compressed air? For ...
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how can VOC filters work given that atmosphere has 1800 ppb methane?

I have an IQAir HealthPro 250 air purifier that has a 2.5 kg activated charcoal volatile organic compound (VOC) filter. According to the manufacturer, the replacement interval is from 12 to 24 months. ...
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Fluid Dynamics - How does air behave out a window?

I often smoke out a window, and I know that if you're driving a car, the passing air will affect the pressure inside and "suck" out the smoke for instance. But what if you're in a window pane? I have ...
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Can I induce draft in my chimney by heating the end of the pipe?

If I were to heat air surrounding the end of chimney cap outside could I create a difference in air pressure such that I could prevent backdraft?
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How long does it take for an Oxygen to diffuse around Earth?

We drill into the ground and find a huge pocket of oxygen. How long does it take for that oxygen to diffuse around Earth? I'd like to know for the first oxygen molecule how long it takes to effect the ...
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Using AC with the windows open - will the house cool off quicker?

The other night, a few of my friends and I got into a cool (although some would argue it was heated) argument about the efficiency of cooling a house with air conditioning. I wanted to leave the ...
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Temperature and air flow - are they related?

If I open a window, does the air "changes" (e.g. the $O_2$ concentration) in the room more quickly if there was a temperature difference between inside and outside?
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Visible wavelengths of air fluorescence data - needed for school demo laser telephone design

I'm seeking information about fluorescence in visible wavelengths (390-700nm) of any of the main constituents of air ( $ N_2, O_2, CO_2, H_2O, CO, etc. $) that can be excited with a (hopefully ...
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What happens if you blow at a paper wad sitting at the doorway of an airtight room?

Sounds like a hilarious scenario, but this is why it got me thinking: A common experiment demonstrating air pressure is to put a paper wad at the mouth of a bottle, and then blow into the bottle. The ...
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Self-made air pump - What does it take to pump up a balloon?

We are building a simple altitude-controlled balloon (idea borrowed from Google Loons). As part of that, we need an air pump to inflate a balloon acting as ballast (which is called a Ballonet in ...
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What is the refractive index of air at high temperatures (> 200 °C)

Is there a method/formula to calculate the refractive index of air at high temperature (e.g. 400 °C - 800 °C)? I could only find formulas specified up to 100 °C and our physicist at university ...
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Help with vacuums?

Okay, here is my understanding. Please correct me if anything here is incorrect. Suppose I have a cube with a side length of ten inches. It has a surface area of 600 square inches, and at an ...
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Where to find information about rocket launches (speed, height, trajectory)?

I want to find experimental data from real launches, with some description of a rocket like full mass, fuel mass, thrust and so on. Just trying to model it. Where to read about precise methods of ...