The tag has no usage guidance.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
3answers
555 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
104 views

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 ...
-1
votes
0answers
43 views

Finance-Physics Rosetta Stone [on hold]

Does there exist, or can anyone provide, a translation between the language of financial maths and physics (specifically option pricing vs. diffusion)? I'm interested in Ito diffusion but a lot of ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

Diffusion Equation for Particle Hopping with drift

First of all, I haven't studied partial differential equations yet, hence this question might sound silly. I am doing a simulation for particle hopping on a lattice with python. I was said that in ...
0
votes
1answer
172 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
185 views

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 j_{\...
0
votes
0answers
62 views

The gas in a can of coke can escape?

If I have a can of coke that's 5 years old for example, how will the gas (CO$_2$) exit the can? Will the CO$_2$ pass through the metal of the can (100 microns thick) or justwhere it's precut (to ...
40
votes
7answers
44k views

How can two seas not mix?

How can two seas not mix? I think this is commonly known and the explanation everyone gives is "because they have different densities". What I get is that they eventually will mix, but this process ...
0
votes
1answer
132 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
39 views

Diffusion of carbon monoxide in air

I have been reading about carbon monoxide online. It is lighter than air; Yet, in the case of fire, most online sources claim it spreads evenly throughout a room. Why is this the case? How is it ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Random walk of a polymer in an annular space - filling in some steps

In Muthukumar, M., 2003. Polymer escape through a nanopore, J. Chem. Phys., 118, 5174–5184, the author solves the diffusion equation for the probability $P(\vec{r},\vec{r_0},N)$ that the ends of a ...
4
votes
1answer
6k views

How does smoke move in the air and how can I direct it so it will go to a place I want it to go?

Let's assume a close room with 1-2 people who only one of them smoking cigarette. What is the equation describe the smoking spreading? is it diffusion? what are the parameters is so? Is there a way/...
7
votes
1answer
11k views

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: ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Diffusion barriers on surface?

Can the barrier to diffuse on the surface, be it amorphous or a crystalline be greater than the binding energy between the adatom and the surface ?
3
votes
2answers
130 views

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. ...
6
votes
1answer
984 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
36 views

Why would oscillation of a gas column inhibit rather than promote mixing?

Many years ago I helped to support an experiment conducted in Japan which investigated the effects of high frequency oscillation ventilation (HFOV) on the mixing and distribution of gas into the lungs....
1
vote
3answers
176 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

Room with open door and heater : use inside boundary conditions or heat source for PDE?

I want to model the stationary temperature in a room (=square) that has one open door (=side) is otherwise perfectly insulated is heated through a (circular) heater that is placed somewhere in the ...
-1
votes
1answer
24 views

Stokes-Einstein Relationship to find time taken to diffuse $x$ distance? [closed]

A molecule has a diffusion coefficient of 0.5 × 10-9 m2s-1. Calculate how long it would take on average for the molecule to diffuse 10 µm. So I have the above ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Spread of gases in a room

I have had some thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, but I don't know much fluid mechanics. I am not sure how to model the spread of gases in a room in the case of a fire or some leaking vent. ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

Calculation of charged sphere distribution near a wall in Cartesian coordinates

I am following a similar derivation as found in the beginning of this paper "Quantitative aspects of the growth of (charged) silica spheres" by A.P. Philipse. This paper calculates the growth of a ...
3
votes
0answers
105 views

Understanding various types of motion

In classical statistical mechanics, given a system of particles, one often goes about classifying various dynamics (or types of motion) the system may exhibit on different time scales, but studying ...
1
vote
0answers
94 views

How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: $$\tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p R^...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Physical reason why Prandtl number is order unity for gases?

Is there a physical reason behind the fact that for gases the thermal diffusivity is on the same order of magnitude as kinematic viscosity (and as such a Prandtl number of order unity) and if so what ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Copper vs Tungsten (Diffusion)

I've been studying on how to compare the activation energy for (void-) diffusivity of Copper versus Tungsten. I ended up finding $E_a[cu] = 1.1[eV]$ and $E_a[W] = 5.2[eV]$ in literature where the ...
5
votes
1answer
97 views

Diffusion coefficient for asymmetric (biased) random walk

I want to obtain a Fokker-Planck like equation by taking the continuous limit of a discrete asymmetric random walk. Let the probability of taking a step to the right be $p$, and the probability of ...
0
votes
2answers
81 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
16 views

Overdamped Fokker-Planck equation with general force field (gradient + ratation)

I am looking for general formulation of the overdamped Fokker-Planck equation (='Smoluchowski eq.') for a diffusing particle in general force field $F = -\nabla U + \nabla\times A$ . So far I have ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Fick's Law for material extraction in a spherical material

I'm looking for a text which talks about how to extract a material from some object (spherical to be easier), (for example, water from the food) and learn about these formulation using the Fick's Law ...
2
votes
2answers
272 views

Does water diffuse trough rubber of car tire of when liquid or only as gas [closed]

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
35 views

How does air going through silica gel change its humidity

Assume that the properties(temperature,humidity,velocity and so on) of the incoming air flow stay constant. The air flow goes through a silica gel plate. Humidity of the air will decrease, but how to ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

What happens when a semipermeable membrane allows only one solute to pass through?

I'm essentially a medical student where we deal a lot with osmosis. But when we are taught, it is done generally with only a single solute in consideration. What if two different solutes are used on ...
2
votes
1answer
46 views

Deriving a diffusion equation from a given mass flux density [closed]

I am given that the mass flux density $q$ of a substance in a medium obeys the following physical law. $$q=-D\frac{n^3}{n-n_0}\frac{\partial n}{\partial x}+nv,$$ where $n(x,t)$ is the ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Dependance of diffusion coefficient on size?

What's the dependance of the diffusion coefficient on size? More explicitly, suppose I have a particles of characteristic length $l$, dissolved in a liquid. How does $D$, the diffusion coefficient of ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Connecting the diffusion coefficient in 2-dimensions and 3-dimensions?

Say the diffusion coefficient of the concentration of a particle in a fluid in 3-dimensions is $D_{3\textrm{d}}$. Can we estimate the diffusion coefficient of the same particle in the same fluid, in a ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Diffusion (2 species) versus advection (1 species)

Why do we see diffusion with 2 species but advection with a single species if both cases involve molecules spreading to increase entropy? To take a physical example: Let's say I have a box with two ...
4
votes
1answer
53 views

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 n}...
0
votes
0answers
49 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
198 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
295 views

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 Stokes-...
1
vote
2answers
157 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
11k views

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?
0
votes
0answers
36 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

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 \...