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

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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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What about negative Pressure?

Here is something I see : Let's say the ideal fluid(water here) of density $\rho$ is drawn from a source by a motor and thrown upwards with a velocity $v$. Now we take the power of motor be ...
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Why does water gulp out of a water bottle with a narrow opening instead of a steady flow?

For example, take a water bottle. Fill it with water and then turn it upside down. Instead of flowing steadily downward, it gulps down in parts. Why?
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What does the Reynolds Number of a flow represent physically?

What does the Reynolds Number of a flow represent physically? I am having trouble understanding the meaning and the utility of the Reynolds number for a certain flow, could someone please tell me how ...
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finding equation of a water droplet

I have a water droplet which is falling down through its gravity. I've supposed that my droplet is an ellipsoid and I want to find the equation that represents this ellipsoid in XYZ coordinate system. ...
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Zigzag flow of water along a vertical glass window

I've observed this behavior many times. When it rains, the rainwater will form vertical channels along a glass window. The flow of water is mostly confined within these vertical channels and the ...
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How is possible for current to flow so fast when charge flows so slow?

How is possible for current to flow so fast when charge flows so slow? We know electrons travel very slowly while charge travels at ~the speed of light.
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How does the divergence theorem justify the integral form of the continuity equation?

I vaguely understand the continuity equation (at least its integral form), but I don't really understand the differential form of the continuity equation. I'm having trouble understanding how to ...
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In terms of scale, where does the concept of Reynold's number cease to have meaning?

The Reynolds number is classically described in terms of pipe geometries but its use has also been usefully extended to other more complex surface geometries to predict transitional flow behavior. But ...
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Do de Laval nozzles have to be asymmetric?

All pictures of de Laval nozzles I've seen have an hourglass shape where the convergent section is shorter than the divergent section. Is this necessary to attain supersonic exhaust velocities, or ...
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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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Intuitive explanation of Poiseuille's law — why $r^4$?

According to Poiseuille's law, the effective resistance of a tube is inversely proportional to the fourth power of its radius (as given by the following equation). $$R = \frac{ 8 \eta \Delta x}{\pi ...
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Why do air bubbles stick to the side of plastic tubing?

I'm watching water with air bubbles flow through transparent plastic tubing. The inner diameter is a few mm. Bubbles typically are the same diameter as the tubing, with length about the same or up ...
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What makes laminar cascade break?

Near my house there is a mall that have a cascade, which has a pratically constant flow, and doesn't seem to have perturbations (at least near the edge where water falls), between its two levels. ...
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Velocity of a viscous fluid through a tube

When a viscous liquid flows through a tube in a laminar flow, why is its velocity highest at the center? I understand the concept of shear viscosity and why the liquid in contact with moving plate ...
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Finding diffeomorphism given vector fields [closed]

Given a vector field how do you find the associated diffeomorphisms? Say I am given a vector field in Minkowski space $$\xi = x \frac{\partial}{\partial t} + t \frac{\partial}{\partial x}.$$ How do ...
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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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When is a flow vortex free?

To solve problems in fluid dynamics one states often the assumption that the flow is vortex free i.e. $rot(u) = 0$ It is a basic assumption which is needed for potential flow problems etc.. My ...
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Physics behind the flow of gas coming out of a balloon

I'm working with stratospheric balloons (latex ones) and I want to put a valve on it so it can float for a longer time. I'm trying to define which valve I should use, which demands I estimate the flow ...
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Titanic Question

I was reading this question: Was Titanic's captain's decision correct? @oakad commented about a Russian vessel keeping itself afloat by going in reverse, using hydrodynamic pressure to keep ...
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Flow of liquid among branches

If water is flowing through big pipe is branched into 4 branches of small pipe. Lets say the flow is around 4 m/sec. I have the following questions: What will be the flow rate in each of the ...
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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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What's the shear rate in a turbulent flow?

The explanation of shear rate in laminar flow is straightforward: We imagine small layers of fluid that glide on each other. Now, in turbulent flow, this does not work as there are no layers. I'm not ...
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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 are vehicles not pitted like golf balls?

I have read that non-laminar flow reduces drag on blunt bodies. Given that, why is pitting not used on motor vehicles?
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how to determine if a vortex is laminar or turbulent

In a cylindrical chamber with a high diameter-to-height ratio; a fluid is tangentially injected. there is an axial exit to the cylinder. how do I determine if the vortex so formed is laminar or ...
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Stationary waves on a laminar liquid flow near collision with a surface [duplicate]

Look at the picture below I know about plateau rayleigh instability. And my opinion is that the reason of this phenomena is plateau rayleigh instability. But there's a question, in the picture ...
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Air flow coming out of a fan feels much stronger than air flow coming in. Why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is exhaling more forceful than inhaling? If I put my hand behind my computer's system block, I can feel a very strong flux of air coming out, as it is being pushed ...
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Why does the vortex form in the von Karman Vortex Street?

Why does the vortex form in the von Karman Vortex Street? So far I have this for the reasoning: 'It occurs when a fluid flows around a cylindrical object. The pressure on a fluid particle rises to ...
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How does a hollow-point bullet move smoothly through the air, presenting a 'cup-shaped' nose instead of an actual sharp-point to the fluid?

Hollow-point rounds move smoothly through the air when presenting a 'hollow cup-shape' instead of a traditional 'sharp point' to the fluid air. Does this mean the air trapped, and at some assumed ...
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Compressible fluid flow through a branched pipe junctions

Backdrop: Designing a dust extraction system (LEV) with a branched junction. What principles allow for the calculation of volume flow rate and pressure at the inlets if the volume flow rate and ...
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Will adding heat to a material increase or decrease entropy?

Does adding heat to a material, thereby increasing electrical resistance in the material increase or decrease entropy? Follow up questions: Is there a situation were Heat flux ie. thermal flux, ...
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Laminar vs Turbulent flow separataion

(Left is a laminar separation, Right is a turbulent separation) I have been having a bit of trouble understanding this concept. How come the laminar separation involves a much larger wake than the ...
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Calculate water flow rate through orifice

I'm not very good with fluid physics, and need some help. Imagine the following setup with water contained in-front of a wall with an opening on the bottom: How do I calculate the water flow $Q$?. ...
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Vortex street and Reynolds number

Its been stated in Wikipedia regarding Reynolds number(Re) that "laminar flow occurs when Re<2300 and turbulent flow occurs when Re>4000. In another wiki file related to Kármán vortex street it has ...
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Perturbations on a fluid thread and hydrodynamic instability

I know that due to fluid instability there are some perturbations ( picture below ) after all of these, my question is the reason of existence of these perturbations. Why exactly they appear? Shear ...
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What is the difference between flow and expansion?

Fluids (both liquids and gases) will move from one point in space to another due to a potential gradient. Some examples may be: 1) horizontal pipe flow, a fluid will move from a region of high ...
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air flow with line fans

I must vent air through an 8 inch duct from one area to another using an 8 inch line fan. One goal is to vent the maximum amount of air possible through the duct. Is there any different between ...
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Mathematically impossible for a vortex line to have loose ends?

Could someone show the math behind it? Source : "A vortex is a bunch of air circulating around itself. The axis around which the air is rotating is called a vortex line. It is mathematically ...
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Analogies between physics and packet-switched networks

Suppose two entities in a communication networks (sender and receiver) are connected with a tube so that water can be pumped from the sender to the receiver. If we also assume that between sender and ...
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Static flow of water in the presence of a loudspeaker

The title, I don't know whether it's correct or not, but I came across a video in youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PkgQQqpH2M. The author of video used the title and hence I used the same. ...
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Air nozzle outlet profile efficiency, concave/convex

I need to design a contracting nozzle for air. The application is quite simple, consider it like an hair dryer but the flow speed is even lower. So the Mach number is very low and the flow laminar. If ...
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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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Bernoulli's equation for flow between cylinders

Let's consider the situation bellow noting that the water cylinders aren't equal and there will be water flowing to the right (As indicated by the arrow) Taking Bernoulli's equation at the tip of ...
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What is the math/physics behind maximizing tinker's damage?

Tinker is a hero in the popular game Dota 2. He has a spell called 'March of the Machines' that creates a stampede of little robots in a rectangular area. The robots do damage on impact of an enemy ...
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Laminar flow in low-permeability material. Which is faster, gas or a liquid?

I consider a simple low-permeability material $(k \sim 10^{-18}\;\text{m}^2)$. Now I either apply a gas (e.g. nitrogen) pressure or liquid (water) pressure of - let's say $10\;\text{MPa}$ - on one ...
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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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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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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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SU(2) critical point and volume dependence

I am doing multi-dimensional plots of $\beta_j$ for SU(2) for infinite volume to understand the flow behavior and I was wondering, before I go too much further, if anyone knew off the top of their ...