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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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What is the difference between dispersion and diffusion?

What is the difference between dispersion and diffusion? Currently I believe, that diffusion is the mixture of molecules due to Brownian motion. So I read everywhere, that it happens with magnitude of ...
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Modified Bessel equation with Gaussian source [migrated]

I'm studying a system in which a neutral particle beam with a Gaussian profile of known width $w$ enters a plasma. The beam produces secondary particles, which diffuse and are ionised through a ...
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How does a minority carrier diffuse?

I have gone through a lot of questions but none of them ask how do the minority carriers approach the depletion layer in the first place. When a p-n junction is formed, negative space charge ...
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Spin drift velocity?

I am currently reading this Phys Rev paper by H C Torrey. In this paper, he derives the Bloch equations with an additional diffusion term. He says that the current density is given by $$\mathbf ...
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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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Time for a particle undergoing brownian motion to reach a point in a volume

I was wondering how one could calculate the average time a particle needs to reach a random point in a small sphere (filled by water) with a radius of maybe $10 \mu m$. I thought of using the ...
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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?
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Diffusion of a chemical proof (fick's law general) [closed]

I want to prove that: $$C(x,t)= \frac{C_0}{\sqrt{4\pi Dt}} \exp\left[{\frac{-x^{2}}{4Dt}}\right]$$ I've proven so far that Fick's law coupled with the conservation of mass (assuming no influx or ...
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How do i mathematically represent reflection in a (diffusion) Problem?

I am trying to formulate boundary conditions and it occurred to me that I never had to implement a reflective boundary before. The example is a one dimensional diffusion, where at $x=0$ the ...
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Random walk with self-transitions taking continuum limit

does anyone have any suggestions regarding how to correctly treat the continuum limit of a random walk that has non-zero self-transition probabilities? To put this concretely, let's say that the ...
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Ratio between thermal conductivity heat transfer coefficient

Consider the Robin boundary condition for the diffusion/heat equation $u_t=a(t)u_{xx}+f(x,t)$: $$\mathrm{-k(t)u_x(0,t)=h(t)u(0,t)}$$ or $$\mathrm{u_x(0,t)+\frac{h(t)}{k(t)}u(0,t)=0}$$ where ...
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What is the return probability for Brownian motion in three dimensions?

I would like to know the probability of return to the initial point in three dimensional Brownian motion. Does someone know an expression for the diffusion constant? (Suggestions of books on this ...
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Why viscosity is diffusive?

I'm studying fluid mechanics in more depth during my Ph. D. and there is something related with the diffusive term that has been bothering me for a long time. Looking at the convection diffusion ...
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What is the correct form of heat diffusion equation taking into account temperature dependence of specific heat

What is the correct form of the heat diffusion equation in 1D if we take into account the temperature dependency of specific heat capacity? $$ \rho\frac{d(cT)}{dt} = ...
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Diffusion vs Gravity in water: does a dissolved ion tend to “sink”?

Im a french student in geochemistry. My question might be silly, but I became really too confused to answer it myself. Does gravity affect the diffusion of ions in water ? Lets imagine a vertical ...
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Modelling the diffusion of gas in a container with non uniform temperature

I want to model diffusion of a gas (e.g. water vapor diffusion in air) in a container with a temperature gradient. One side of the container has a hole, but for simplicity of boundary conditions I can ...
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Is the diffusion coefficient time-dependent?

It is known that in the partial differential equation: $$u_t=au_{xx} $$ within the limits $0<x<1$ and $a>0$, the diffusion coefficient, arises in the mathematical modelling of a process of ...
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What is the difference between the words transparent and translucent?

Merriam Webster defines transparent as: Having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly. And translucent as: ...
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Convective and Diffusive terms in Navier Stokes Equations

My question has 2 parts: I just followed the derivation of Navier Stokes (for Control Volume CFD analysis) and was able to understand most parts. However, the book I use (by Versteeg) does not ...
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Why doesn't fire flow back INTO the cylinder?

Let us take into a consideration a (pressurized) kerosene stove. The pressure drives fuel out of the nozzle, like or in a much simpler arrangement as in Question- Why doesn't fire flow back ...
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Existence of gusts of wind, an anomaly?

Enthusiast + Student, not a pro, so pardon my ignorance. How can wind possibly flow in gusts? The way I understand it, a gust is a pocket of air which hits you at slightly higher speed. But how ...
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Getting the velocity of self-diffusion from the einstein relation

I have been reading about self-diffusion of a particle here: http://www-hsc.usc.edu/~rfarley/Diffusion-SI-2003.pdf and on page 9 it gives Einstein's relation as $(\Delta x)^2 = 2 D t$ and I can ...
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Why do the free electrons in N-type want to diffuse?

I'm trying to understand how a diode works and for this I've used(among other resources) the book written by Albert Malvino, Electronic Principles. Everywhere I read about this topic, it says that ...
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What is the exact difference between diffusion, convection and advection?

I have tried to explore the information but still not very clear on the exact difference between diffusion, convection and advection. Can anyone help me out to clear my concept?
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Force causing diffusion

I was curious if there was an equation describing the force acting on a particle (say, sitting in a fluid) that causes it to diffuse. If so, does it include the diffusion coefficient D? Based on ...
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How fast will sublimed dry ice mix with air?

I saw this photo and wondered: Will the CO2 stay mostly in a layer on the floor with the rest of the atmosphere resting on top, or will it quickly diffuse throughout the room? This lab is probably ...
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What is the difference between the diffusion equation and the heat equation?

I know that the diffusion equation is a more general version of the heat equation. But what is the exact difference informally?
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Does water diffuse trough rubber of car tire of when liquid or only as gas

Does Water difuse trough rubber of car tire when its liquid or only when its a gas. Can also be that is diffuses but slower when liqiud. I want to know this for my argumentation that filling car tire ...
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Mathematical Model For Osmosis

We already know that physical phenomena like diffusion could be modelled using PDEs. For example, denoting the concentration by $u$, the diffusion process reads: $$ \partial_t{u} = \Delta{u} $$ Now my ...
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Can diffusion produce energy?

A friend and I recently got into a silly argument where I stated pure diffusion can't produce energy since diffusion are a part of passive transport. He stated if we If we have tinny ...
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Heat sink simulation with a fan

I am trying to solve this problem using advection-diffusion model and finite element method for solving it due to the complex geometry. Basically the problem i'm trying to solve using OpenFOAM is see ...
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Green's function for moving solidification front

Consider a liquid solid interface $z =\zeta(x,t)$ moving at constant speed $v$, for a two dimensional problem. Due to solidification interface is changing it position. For simplicity heat ...
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Diffusion in a chemical potential gradient

I am having troubles to understand to connection between equilibrium and non equilibrium thermodynamics. I am studying a mixture of molecules $A,B,C$ and solvent $S$. The free energy $F$ is given by ...
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Reaction-diffusion. From kinetic parameters in 3D, can we infer their equivalent in 1D?

I am studying a reaction-diffusion system : $A+B ⇌_{k_{-}}^{k_{+}} C$. From experimental data I have all the kinetic parameters : diffusion coefficients $d$ and reaction rates $k_+$, $k_-$. Beside I ...
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Analytic solution to diffusion in composite medium for long times

I am trying to solve the transient 1D diffusion equation in a composite medium where the interfacial concentration is described by a Henry condition. I have found an adequate solution for short times ...
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How can one calculate diffusion velocity given the diffusion coefficient?

I am creating a basic simulation of 2-D diffusion and was wondering how diffusion velocity of a particle can be calculated if the diffusion coefficient is known (using no other information). Is this ...
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Martensitic transformation in ceramics

What is the specification of Martensite (displacive) transformation in ceramics comparing to yhe one in metals? I just know about Martensite transformation in metals. For example, these ...
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Heat diffusion: evanescent waves?

It has been recently pointed out to me that the solution of the heat equation in a semi-infinite material with an oscillating boundary condition at the surface is not an evanescent wave. The argument ...
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Dynamic equations for propagation of light through dust

For smoothly inhomogeneous media light propagation can be modeled by Maxwell's equations with non-constant $\varepsilon$ and $\mu$. This allows to relatively easily model propagation in the medium ...
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Energy Flux due to Diffusion

Per the Fundamental Thermodynamic Relation, I know that the chemical potential of $i$ represents the energy which would added to a system if a particle of $i$ were added with all other system ...
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What is the physical meaning of diffusion coefficient?

In Fick's first law, the diffusion coefficient is velocity, but I do not understand the two-dimensional concept of this velocity. Imagine that solutes are diffusing from one side of a tube to another ...
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Rate of Temperature Change due to Heat addition

I might be wrong but I will give a little background leading to my question. I am trying to calculate the heat generation in the advection-diffusion equation for heat generation due to friction by ...
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Everyday example of diffusion unobscured by advection, wetting etc

Diffusion is an important concept in elementary science education, especially because it supports (or seems to support) the notion of matter consisting of very small everyday particles (as opposed to ...
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Schrödinger equation derivation and Diffusion equation

I am aware of the debate on whether Schrödinger equation was derived or motivated. However, I have not seen this one that I describe below. Wonder if it could be relevant. If not historically but for ...
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Why is it valid to assume that the liquid-vapour interface is always saturated during evaporation?

For steady state evaporation, I read from two textbooks which simply states that the partial pressure of vapour of interest (say water) at the liquid-vapour interface is equal to the saturation ...
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Is phase defined for species undergoing diffusion?

If we have a gas diffusing through say a solid metal, or gas diffusing into a liquid, what phase is the diffusing molecules considered to be in (or is it even possible to define this)? Is it possible ...
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Conventional flux in centrifuge?

The molecules sediment in centrifuge, which is rotating with angular velocity $\omega$. The chemical potential of molecule (considering potential associated with centrifuge force) is: ...
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Thermal healing of defects in crystals

Thermal treatment can heal point defects due to the diffusion of atoms towards empty points. In a solid crystal structure, atoms do not diffuse at room temperature (correct?) Energy of thermal ...
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Diffusion of particles

If $n(\vec{r},t)$ is the number of particles per unit volume and $V$ the volume, then $N = nV $is the number of particles in volume $V$ For a small volume, it should be $dN = d(nV) = Vdn + ndV$ But ...