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1-D Fick's first law - partial derivative?

I've recently been reviewing some concepts, including diffusion. Fick's 1st law: $$J = -D\frac{\partial C(x,t)}{\partial x}$$ as I understand it, applies to the steady state. For 1-D diffusion and ...
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Derivation of the diffusion coefficient?

The diffusion coefficient relates the particle flux $J$ to the gradient in the number density (of the 'labelled' particles) $\frac{\partial \bar n}{\partial z}$ such that; $$J=-D \frac{\partial \bar ...
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Does nature really follow the heat equation?

I think the heat equation says that the first derivative of temperature with respect to time in a stationary solid varies as the negative of the second derivative of temperature with respect to ...
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can 3D diffusion be interpreted as superposition of 1D diffusion

Is diffusion of a substance in water independent in the X, Y and Z directions? In other words, if I want to solve how a substance diffuses through a volume, can I separately solve equations for its ...
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Extension of the advection diffusion equation with diffusion perpendicular to the flow

Assume you model particle flow in fluid in a cylinder by an advection-diffusion equation, thus taking into account both diffusion and bulk flow. What would happen to the model if you would, at some ...
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Rigorous derivation of Fick's first law

I am looking for a rigorous derivation of Fick's law, i.e. that the current density $\mathbf{j}$ satisifies $\mathbf{j} = - D \nabla u$ where $u$ is e.g. some concentration and $D$ the diffusion ...
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Thermal diffusion equation with heat per unit length?

Let us say we have a metal rod. Along that rod there is a rate of heat generation of H per unit length. If we assume we are in the steady state then I would expect us (from the thermal diffusion ...
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Heat Losses from water pan due to vaporisation before boiling

I'm studying heat transfer from an electric heater to a cooking pan (Stainless steel) filled with water; specifically, my problem is related to water vaporisation, as I've already found good models to ...
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Waterproof Case Time Limits [closed]

A lot of cellphone cases are rated safe for one hour at two meter depth. I assume this is due to water molecule diffusion along case seams (like the zipped zipper in a ziplock bag), right? Is ...
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trying to figure out an expansion in Brownian motion derivation

In the derivation for the diffusion equation on the wikipedia article for Brownian motion, they have these equations: I can't figure out how $\rho(x+\Delta,t)$ gets expanded, though. For a Taylor ...
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The change in time of a concentration in a fluid can be described by Reynolds' theorem. Is that the whole story?

Let $d\in\left\{2,3\right\}$ and $\Omega_t\subseteq\mathbb R^d$ be the bounded set occupied by a fluid at time $t\ge 0$. Moreover, let $\eta_t:\Omega_t\to[0,\infty)$ be the concentration of imaginary ...
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Fluid flow in porous medium with moving boundary

Everyone, I would like to numerically model axisymmetric fluid flow in a porous medium with a moving boundary, where the fluid pressure is specified on the boundary, whose radius increases with time. ...
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The validity of constitutive diffusive fluxes

In transport phenomena the diffusive fluxes for mass, energy and momentum are the constitutive laws: $$\boldsymbol{j}_c=-D\boldsymbol{\nabla}c \quad \boldsymbol{j}_T=-k\boldsymbol{\nabla}T \quad ...
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More intuition in understanding diffusion

This is a short conceptual question: (I think I'm confusing some very key concepts, here's an attempt to try and resolve it) Systems whose dynamics are governed by diffusion, for example a particle ...
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Why do we need Diffusion currents to explain semiconductor current flow?

Why do we need the idea of carrier concentrations to explain current flow? Can we simply not associate the disparity in carrier concentrations between two samples to a disparity in relative charge ...
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Speed of spontaneous mixing of different gases

Suppose we have a rectangular box divided into two equal cubic parts by a vertical impenetrable wall. Part 1 of the box contains a standard state mixture of $(1-x)$ mole of gas $A$ (e.g. Oxygen) and ...
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Heuristics behind Dirac delta function in Master equation for probability?

I'm reading this paper [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 160601 (2011)] and it studies simple diffusion where a particle stochastically resets to its initial position $x_0$ at a constant rate $r$. As you can ...
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Is it possible that my 750ml water bottle contains spent fuel from a space shuttle launch

Firstly I live in New Zealand which is very distant from USA which is where the space shuttle was originally launched from. So what is the possibility of molecules from the rocket engines spent ...
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alternative derivation of Einstein relation

Is there a derivation of the Einstein–Smoluchowski relation without the assumption of the Boltzmann distribution? Every time I see a derivation, it always assumes the Boltzmann distribution, such as ...
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Diffusion of magnetization (NMR)

In the context of MRI I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of magnetization diffusion. Consider a sample that is magnetized by an external magnetic field. We have displacement of magnetic moment ...
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Fick's first law inhomogeneous proof

I have seen Fick's first law of diffusion derived for a homogeneous material many times, however I am struggling to find a satisfactory proof for inhomogeneous, particularly for particle diffusion. ...
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diffusion velocity

i understand that diffusion is the movement of particles from high concentration areas to low concentration, but what is the cause of that movement atomically. And especially in the case of charge ...
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Brownian motion, net displacement, and diffusion - conceptual

I'm having trouble reconciling some conceptual issues of brownian motion. Let's say we have a box with two compartments separated by a membrane. Solute is at a high concentration on one side, and at ...
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Does diffusion current in semiconductor always exist?

According to what I understand, diffusion current is caused by the change in concentration of charge carriers in semiconductor (free electrons and holes) from higher concentration region to lower ...
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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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How can I get the boundary and initial conditions of the convection–diffusion equation consistant?

I want to solve the 1D convection–diffusion equation. The boundary conditions are a flux in from the bottom and a flux out on the top. Furthermore I want no concentration inside at the beginning. I ...
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Diffusion of gas into vaccum

I'm interested in solving the diffusion equation for gas in vacuum. I have a general question and a more specific questions. What I know: The Diffusion Equation: For density function ...
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Riemannian generalization/adaption of the Hubbard–Stratonovich transformation

I'd like to write the Hubbard–Stratonovich (HS) transformation of a scalar function on a Riemannian manifold. This transformation is quite simple in Euclidean space. One can consider it as a Fourier ...
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Confusion regarding interpretation of a diffusion related PDE?

So I was reading Keller & Segel paper related to mathematical model of cellular aggregation in slime molds. In the model (considering 2D assumption) we have an equation like below: ...
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Show that the boundary layers diffuse out from the plate with speed $\sqrt{\frac{\nu}{t}}$ [closed]

I was wondering if somebody would be able to help me with this problem. I know how to solve it using dimension arguments but I'm unsure what is meant by transformation techniques. Any help would be ...
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Stochastic process generating fractional diffusion

One way to generate Brownian motion is as follows: Define a waiting time probability distribution $\psi(t)$ and step length probability distribution $\lambda(x)$. Require also that $\langle \psi ...
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How do I apply a renormalization technique to estimate the fractal dimension of a diffusion limited aggregate?

Diffusion Limited Aggregation (DLA) is an interesting phenomena observed in nature and discussed here. From a theoretical view point, it'd be nice to know about the fractal dimension of a DLA formed ...
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How does the dissolution of salt affect the solution density?

Suppose you have a container of water as a solvent and you a certain amount of salt as a solute sitting at the bottom of the container that has yet to start dissolving. Supposing temperature and ...
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1D drift-diffusion equation with single absorbing boundary

If we have just the simple diffusion equation (in 1D): $$ \frac{\partial P(x,t)}{\partial t} = D \frac{\partial^2 P(x,t)}{\partial x^2} $$ with an absorbing boundary at x=0 and initial condition ...
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How does fluid velocity affect the dissolution of some solute in the fluid?

Suppose we have a perfect sphere of some solute such as sugar and we place it in a fluid such as water, at a certain temperature, that is not moving. It will dissolve and diffuse into the water due to ...
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No diffusion term in conservation of mass in Navier-Stokes equations?

I have followed derivations of the Navier-Stokes equations and I can see how the various terms arise in the "main equation", the momentum conservation equation. However I don't understand why the ...
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Can the energy/power required to mix two fluids together be calculated?

Given two fluids; say for example oxygen and nitrogen gases. By simply introducing, again for example 1 liter of each gas into a closed container, the process of diffusion alone will eventually cause ...
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What physical processes govern the formation and shape of clouds?

There are many kinds of cloud shapes that appear in the sky. In fact, it's not unusual to see several different kinds of clouds in the same sky. What kind of physics equations and processes govern ...
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Diffuse laser light in a surface

Im building a laser target. It consists of a box, with a black plexiglass circle in the center of one of its sides, and a larger white circle around it. The black for the inside shots, and the white ...
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Anomalous diffusion dynamic exponent calculation

I'm trying to calculate this $\alpha$ (dynamic exponent, I think) from an equation from this wikipedia article. The equation (anomalous diffusion power law): $r^2 \propto t^\alpha$ The problem is ...
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How to calculate diffusion lenghth in a constant source and sink model?

Here is the context: in 1D, a pathogen cell sits in a homogenous bath of antibiotic. It can express a protein that destroy the antibiotic molecule to protect itself. Given the concentration of ...
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Why is Johnson noise a Gaussian process?

Noise processes in engineering and physics are frequently assumed to be Gaussian processes. This allows use of convenient analytical techniques. The question then arises as to why natural processes ...
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Why is it difficult to mix helium and nitrogen gases?

I recently learned an interesting fact: That it's difficult to mix helium and nitrogen gases in a compressed gas cylinder. Gas suppliers that need to mix the two gases have to rotate the cylinders for ...
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Derivation of diffusion coefficient

For diffusion transport considering the "random walk" of electrons, I have the following derivation that leads to the diffusion coefficient $D$: $$d_1=d_2=\dots=d_n=\tau v \implies\\ \sum_n ...
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Soliton solution for a diffusive system [closed]

With a simple model for bacterial diffusion, I get this partial derivative equation : $$\frac{\partial n}{\partial t} = D\frac{\partial^2 n}{\partial x^2} + d_1 n -d_2 n^2$$ where $n(x,t)$ is the ...
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Contradiction (?): DNA ion mobility vs diffusion constant

There is a certain confusion about DNA ion mobility and diffusion constant in the literature. Consider double-stranded DNA ions in pure water. DNA ions are negatively charged due to phosphoric acid ...
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Modeling $k$-logistic diffusion process

I'm trying to model a diffusion process characterized by subsequent logistic diffusion processes. To give a better idea of what I'm trying to model, you can take a look at the attached figure. In such ...
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What is a diffusionless fluid?

I'm taking a course in astrophysical fluid dynamics and have come across a problem involving "small diffusionless disturbances" of a fluid. Based on the nature of the course I expect the examiner to ...
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How long would it take for a smelly object to evaporate?

This question is a follow on from this deleted one: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/177894/26076 as I was writing what I thought to be a valid physics answer to it. Version 1 of this question ...
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In the process of Diffusion Limited Aggregation (DLA), why do the particles prefer to form something which has the shape of a tree?

In the process of Diffusion Limited Aggregation (DLA), why do the particles prefer to form something which has the shape of a tree instead of just a front line?