The motion of fluids (gases, liquids and granular material).

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How is zonal flow defined and computed?

The transition to turbulence in pipe flow was recently observed to be in the same universality class as directed percolation. This was done by reinterpreting the turbulence and laminar flow in terms ...
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Can air be considered incompressible as long flow velocities are less than 100 m/s (Ma = 0.3)?

Multiple sources state that steady air flow (in open systems) can be considered incompressible at velocities less than 100 m/s (Ma = 0.3). Example: Deborah A. Kaminski, Michael K. Jensen, ...
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Power generation with a long, horizontal pipe, using atmospheric pressure differences

Straight to the point. If I float a pipe starting from a point in the ocean that has the atmospheric pressure of 101 kPa (Call it Point A) all the way to another geographic position on the ocean with ...
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When does $ S\cdot v=\mathrm{cost}$ hold?

In fluids dynamics what are the limitations for the use of the volume flow rate conservation law? $$ S\cdot v=\mathrm{cost}$$ Does it still hold when there are external forces acting on the system, ...
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Poiseuille's law and Stoke's law

I was wondering what is the difference between Poiseuille's' law and Stoke's law; they both involve viscosity. Also, what is the the relation between the two laws and this equation
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Is flow energy the same as work?

Studying thermodynamics I face this following text from Cengel's book. Throttling valves are usually small devices, and the flow through them may be assumed to be adiabatic (q = 0) since there is ...
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Why is turbulence caused?

In high Reynolds numbers we have turbulent flow. This is because the inertial forces are much greater than the viscous forces. I understand inertial forces to be actually the fictional forces due to ...
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Why does increasing heat conductivity decrease Nusselt number?

Normally we expect that when heat conductivity(k) increases heat transfer is also increases. But for fluids increasing k decreases Nusselt number. My senses tell that using high conductive fluid cause ...
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Do you need to increase pressure to pump a fluid from a large pipe through a small pipe?

The application of this question is towards clogged arteries and blood flow. I am wondering why people with clogged arteries have high blood pressure if a smaller artery (assuming it is smooth and ...
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Are the blades of a propeller necessarily in the shape of wings or would flat blades work?

I think I have seen that airplane propellers are airfoils -- but I am not sure that flat blades would not work and if they do, how much more efficient are airfoils?
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A mathematical question on an Ultrasonic flow meter (Time of flight)

I'm trying gain a better understanding of expressions used to derive a formula to calculate the flow velocity Here are the following expressions: $$t_d= \frac{L}{(v+ucosθ)}$$ $$t_u= ...
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How long time before all the water in a lake has been replaced? [closed]

Studying hydrology, and in that context we've seen some information about lakes and the times it takes for the water to renew completely in them. This got me interested in finding out how this is ...
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Liquid Flow In A Vertical Tube

A cylindrical vertical tube has uniform cross section $A_1$, and length $l$. It is open at both ends. Water enters from the top with a constant velocity $v_1$, and allowed to flow out from the bottom. ...
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When does the shock occurred?

I'm between this 2 conditions that when does the shock occurred over an airfoil. When the speed of point of an airfoil reach to sonic velocity of environment. When the speed of point of an airfoil ...
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Why is a controlled shear test compared to the natural flow?

Looking for the areas where contolled shear stress (CSS, where force is fixed while rate of deformation is measured) and controlled stress rate (CSR, where conversely the force is measured while ...
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How to quantify the spreadness of beam of air molecules as they escape from a capillary to a vacuum?

Consider a tube from an oxygen cylinder attached into a vacuum chamber. When the cylinder is opened, the molecules escape out into vacuum chamber. What makes the molecules spread out when they escape ...
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Energy of electrons in wire

The Drude Model helped me quite a lot to visualize how current could flow in a circuit. However, there is still a point that I cannot grasp in the explanation given by some people when they talk about ...
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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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Can a piston-like displacement be miscible?

I have a question regarding miscibility and piston-displacement of fluids. My question is as follows: I am given that a fluid is displaced miscible. At the same time, I am also given that the ...
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Flow Rate in a tube with zero roughness [closed]

Assume the following setup. Given the Diameter of the pipe, difference in elevation (z1 - z2), pipe length, what would be the theoretical way of determining the flow rate (Q) within tube? Assume ...
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How to calculate velocity of air through a pipe? [closed]

I was wondering if there is any equation that helps to calculate air velocity through a pipe? I cannot find anything although I did find that velocity of air (not in a pipe) can be found by: Is there ...
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Temperature of throttled flow

In a pipe with a throat, closed off to the left, I'm pouring in $\dot{n}$ atoms per second from the left. These atoms combine and do a chemical reaction, which releases energy. To the right, past the ...
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relationship between electrical resistance and Hagen Poiseuille's law

For the electrical resistance of a conductor, we have $$R = \rho \frac{l}{A}$$ Noting the structural similarity between the Hagen-Poiseuille law and Ohm's law, we can define a similar quantity for ...
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Isentropic flow through nozzle

I've a question concerning the use of the Bernoulli principle. Let's say I have a pipe filled with air at atmospheric pressure, with a constricting section ala the figure below. The volume before the ...
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Does eq. of continuity hold in vacuum too?

When a streamlined flow of water flows down through an ordinary tap, it's cross-sectional area decreases according to eq. of continuity due to atmospheric pressure. If the same apparatus were to be ...
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Should tunnel calibration factor be less than 1?

Regarding an experiment in which air is blown past a small-scale object (i.e. a cylinder) in a wind tunnel, should the tunnel calibration factor be less than 1? I couldn't find anything about this ...
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Hydraulic conductivity and flow rate

I have several sources that have the following equation relating the change of volume in a cell to the hydraulic conductivity (permeability coefficient) $L$ and pressure differential $\Delta P$: $$ ...
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How the flow is distributed when the water flow from one river/drain to multiple rivers/drains?

Assuming that water ( total amount $Q$) flows down from one river/drain, into multiple rivers/drains, under the action of gravity, as shown below: How the flow ($Q$) will be divided among different ...
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How do I find a stream function given a volumetric flow rate?

How do I find a stream function given a volumetric flow rate? The flow only occurs in one direction, between 2 plates, and I have no knowledge of velocity. I know that volumetric flow rate = ...
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Separation bubble in flow through a pipe bend

I understand that the separation bubble (length L) will grow with Re, as inertial forces on the fluid elements cause an adverse pressure gradient in proximity of the inner wall just downstream of the ...
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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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Flow in a cylindrical pipe

A cylindrical pipe is, at the left of section A, divided by a plane passing through its axis. The upper half is supplied with water at a velocity $V_1$, the lower half is supplied with water at a ...
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Origin of spin and direction in the magnus effect

If you solve the Bernoulli equation: $$p=p_0-\rho_0{v^2 \over 2}$$ using a complex flow potential for a flow around a cylinder: $$W(z)=v_0 z + {v_0 R^2 \over z} - {\Gamma \over 2 \pi } \ln(z)$$ you ...
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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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Is there a relationship between maximum flow rate of a fluid through perforations in a cavity and the flow rate of the fluid in the cavity itself?

I have a scenario where water is flowing horizontally through a (rectangular) cavity. The underside of the cavity has a set of perforations that look something like: and I need to determine the ...
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Several suction pumps connected to same air flow source in parallel, is this set up unequal?

I have some sensors with built in vacuum pumps that are open to the room exhaust. I have a single sample source (a compressed air tank, connected to a T fitting and I side stream sample from one of ...
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Calculating mass flow rate, force of thrust produced compressed air discharge

This one's a bit of a doozy, so please feel free to comment on any one single part or parts to this physics problem. The setup is simple--I have a container (an empty bottle) which I fill with a ...
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Venturi “Turn Down” [closed]

I'm sorry if this isn't the right forum for this question, but physics is the only stackexchange which had many results for Venturi. I'm trying to measure the flow of air through a 16mm hose/pipe ...
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Is there reduced water supply due to reduction in pipeline diameter?

I have a 3" water pipeline length 80'coming in from municipal supply, say pipe A, to my water meter. After the water meter, a 2.5" pipeline goes 160' to my underground water tank, say pipe B. Water ...
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What is actually the characteristic length in fluid dynamics description?

In many fluid-dynamics models and quantities (Reynolds number, Strouhal number... generally various turbulent flow descriptions) there is a parameter (usually $L$ or $\ell$) descripted as ...
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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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Does groundwater flow depend on the geometry of the aquifer?

I consider two cases of a confined aquifer and want to calculate the pressure / hydraulic head in a quasi 1d case. These two cases are shown in my drawing. I assume homogenious, isotropic darcy ...
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Why does liquid flow along the mug [duplicate]

I have been wondering why situation described in the picture below happens Why does the water/milk or any liquid poured from the mug/bottle flow along the surface of the vessel instead of leaving it ...
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Karhunen-Loeve transform of a repeating process

This question is inspired by measurements of an unsteady flow. I have some doubts about interpretation of principal component transform using Karhunen-Loeve theorem. I have (centered $\equiv$ zero ...
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What shape is a vortex?

When I see a whirlpool form around the drain in my tub, or see a hurricane on the radar, to my naked eye it looks pretty much circular from above. Is it a perfect circle? An ellipse? If not, ...
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What is the property which flows as described by the stress energy tensor in GR?

I found the following definitions: The stress–energy tensor (sometimes stress–energy–momentum tensor or energy–momentum tensor) is a tensor quantity in physics that describes the density and flux of ...
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How to determine which one is dominant shear rate vs. flow rate

I have a question for the image below. Now we have a pump connecting to a votator for transferring some slurry. The pump yields a flow rate Q, and the votator yields a shear rate 𝛾. I wanna ...
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Intuitive explanation for subsonic Fanno flow

In most situations in physics, the effect of kinetic friction is to reduce the macroscopic kinetic energy of a system and convert it into heat, thereby increasing its temperature. but in the case of ...
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Does steady flow imply laminar?

Most secondary school textbooks, in their chapter about fluid dynamics, seem to suggest that "steady flow" and "laminar flow" are synonyms. Though I never received any fluid mechanics course when I ...
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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. ...