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

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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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Which direction does the air/fluid move in each segment? [closed]

1) I have this circular tube, assume its frictionless. There are 8 valves that suck (red) or add (green) the fluid/air. Assume that we always balance the valves such that the sum of pressure change ...
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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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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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Dynamic water pressure from flow and diameter

I have to test some fire hydrants and need to get the dynamic pressure. For that I know I can use a Pitot tube but, I don't have one. After Googling a lot, I found two formulas allowing to compute the ...
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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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Must flow be supersonic for disturbances not to affect upstream?

I'm studying oil production and found a fact that puzzled me. It states that fluid flow downstream of the wellhead must be supercritical in order not to disturb the flow upstream of it. From ...
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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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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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Why doesn't this flow rate formula work in SI units?

I have been using the formula below to calculate the flow coefficient of a nozzle: $$Q = C\frac{\pi d^2}{4}\sqrt{\frac{2P}{\rho}}$$ where $Q$ is flow rate in cc/s $C$ is the flow coefficient $d$ is ...
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Does the termination point(level) influence water flow from a pipe

I get water to my home from a nearby Tank A at a certain height above ground level. I have a 1" pipe through which I get this water to my home.. I leave this water into my well by connecting a 1" tube ...
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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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Why does (potential) fluid flow bend around a solid surface in the flow?

Potential flow obeys Laplace's equation with certain boundary conditions (i.e. no fluid penetrates the solid body in flow, and far away from the body, the flow is uniform with a given velocity and ...
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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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Equation of a water pump with a nozzle

If I have a small water pump with a flow f (L/s) and maximal pressure p (bar) and attach its output to a small tube having on the other end a nozzle with an area A (m^2). What is the equation that ...
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Propellers and the Speed of sound

I was reading this website that described a novel wind turbine technology and it has this quote: In the mid-20th century, open propeller-driven planes with piston engines reached performance ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Is Torricelli's law “wrong” for big holes? - Tank draining problem

Consider a tank full of water with a constant cross-sectional area A1 placed vertically on the ground. Now someone drills a hole of an area A2 in the bottom of the tank, and the liquid starts escaping ...
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Torque on a rotational cylinder in viscous fluid [closed]

I've been stuck on what I'm pretty sure is a simple part of a larger question. It's a cylinder (radius a) spinning in a viscous fluid. It's rotating at rate $\Omega$ .During this question we get that ...
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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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Diesel injector sac pressure calculation [closed]

I am trying to calculate the nozzle sac pressure required to deliver 60mm3/ms of diesel fuel into a pressurised cylinder (19MPa). The nozzle has 5 delivery holes of diameter 0.157mm and the discharge ...
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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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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 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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When passed, why does my car 'rock' on the highway when I'm stopped, but not when I'm moving?

I am the blue car in this scenario. If I am stopped on the highway and am passed by a car going fast (about 65 mph), I feel my car rock in the left/right direction. I think I understand why this ...
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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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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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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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Why are mass flow rates found using Venturi meter and pitot tube different?

Regarding an experiment to find the mass flow rate of a fluid (air) using a venturi meter and a pitot tube: What could be the cause of a variance in results obtained using the 2 instruments mentioned? ...
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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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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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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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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, ...