The quantitative study of how fluids (gases and liquids) move.

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What is the critical diameter ratio of a cone shaped reducer before air overflows

Let's assume we have a cone shaped cylindrical reducer with $D_1$ inlet and $D_2$ outlet diameter (funnel). Air flows through it with velocity $v_1$ at inlet and $v_2$ at outlet. With the velocity ...
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What stops giant cruise ships toppling over in rough seas?

A week ago, 2 of the most gigantic cruise ships in the world docked near my city. If you have seen one, or been on one, you will know how large they are. They look extremely unsafe to me, although ...
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Breaking the sound barrier underwater

Theoretically, if I were to launch something faster than the speed of sound in water (around 5 times that of air), what would happen?
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Could a Jumbo Jet aircraft fly on paper wings?

My dad was an airline pilot and, during his training, his instructor told him that, in absolutely ideal conditions, (in practice obviously impossible) that the actual material composing the wing ...
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Why do I sink then float in a swimming pool?

Was swimming this morning and observed something strange: if I stop treading water, hold my legs together, arms pressed against my sides, then I sink to about 3m below the surface, and then rise again ...
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9-point stencil “equivalent” for advection equation

So I inherited from some people a code that solves the advection-diffusion-reaction equation for a particular system. The original code was first implemented in 1D which worked fine in cartesian ...
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Landau's Ideal fluild one dimentional flow equation

There is a similar Phys.SE question here, but I still didn't get the idea. The problem is: Write down the equations for one-dimensional motion of an ideal fluid in terms of the variables $a$ and ...
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What is (theoretically) the most efficient shape for an aircraft, assuming you don't have to carry any cargo? [closed]

Assuming that you don't need to have any large piece on the underside dedicated to storage area (as you do on planes) and you don't care about stability, what is the most energy efficient form for an ...
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What is the cause for turbulence?

The transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow is usually told interms of Reynolds numbers. The Reynolds number is $Re=UL/\nu$ where $U$ is the speed, $L$ is dimensional length and $\nu$ is the ...
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Viscosity, bubbles and (super)fluids

3-part question, but I think it's simple enough... Does the tendency for cavitation in a fluid depend on its viscosity? If so what does this imply for superfluids, having 0 viscosity? And for that ...
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Why and how strong are currents near ship side?

I read reports of people drowned swimming in rivers near medium-sized boats or flat-bottom barges. The idea is that an anchored ship stands still, and the surface current (which goes exactly along it ...
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Pressure gradient - derivation for air stream

I need help clarifying the statement made here that $$dp = l\frac{dp}{dx}$$ $\frac{dp}{dx}$ is an infinitely small change in pressure at some point x. $dp$ is the total change in pressure between ...
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How does fluid velocity affect the dissolution of some solute in the fluid?

Suppose we have a perfect sphere of some solute such as sugar and we place it in a fluid such as water, at a certain temperature, that is not moving. It will dissolve and diffuse into the water due to ...
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Why is there a pressure drop across a Kaplan turbine?

The Kaplan turbine is an inward flow reaction turbine, which means that the working fluid changes its static pressure as it moves through the turbine and gives up energy. But how does this pressure ...
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What's wrong with this argument that aerodynamic lift really does rely on Bernoulli? [duplicate]

There is a grade-school explanation of how a wing works that goes approximately like this (although I'm leaving out an erroneous bit): Because of the geometry of the way the wing meets the air, ...
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When an object plunges into water, what is the maximum height a droplet from splash can reach?

I cleaned up the kitty litter just some minutes ago. When I threw the products of our 7kg cat into the toilet bowl, the broth splashed and one drop went straight into my eye. yuk. Here come the ...
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No diffusion term in conservation of mass in Navier-Stokes equations?

I have followed derivations of the Navier-Stokes equations and I can see how the various terms arise in the "main equation", the momentum conservation equation. However I don't understand why the ...
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Slow sustained liquid movement in a vacuum

Can water or any other liquid be made to “simmer” or “low boil” (slow sustained liquid movement) in a vacuum as opposed to go from liquid to all out boil when the vapor pressure is equal to the ...
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Does a whirlpool(vortex in water) continue in air(vortex in air),and when does a vortex stop?

First part: The question is both about the continuity of the water vortex(whirlpool) to vortex in air in time and in space. About continuity in time,does the vortex of the water slowly produce a ...
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How does the area of an open window affect airflow?

This question stems from a disagreement between me and my girlfriend. During the hot summer months, we like to open up the windows during the early morning to cool down our flat a bit. One of us ...
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What is the Proper way to determine overall velocity in a pipe?

I am running a simulation of fluid in a pipe. The fluid in this pipe is "swirling" (instead of just moving in one direction, it's rotating as well. Like the Helix below. The fluid is faster on the ...
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What is the cause of the surface tension of the liquids? [duplicate]

What is the cause of the surface tension of the liquids? How to know the direction of tension force on the free surface of the liquid? I know that the surface tension is the force acting normally ...
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Sriarcha, Shampoo and Unexpected Trajectories

Some time last year my parents-in-law related to me a story which rang true in my scientific brain. They had gone out to see a show, and then decided to go to a fancy Asian restaurant. One course ...
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What is the maximum speed of an object moving trough air? [closed]

While seeing the comic Flash I wondered what could be the maximum speed of a invulnerable human being (like Allen) running through air on the surface of the Earth? At what speed would its surrounding ...
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Will the water go inside the moving water bottle?

Let's say that there is a empty bottle in the water moving at a high speed like this: My question is: Will the water go inside the the empty bottle when the bottle is moving at a high speed? If ...
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Measurement of compressible flow velocity

Assume that you have a pipe with known volume fow rate $\dot{V}_1$ and pressure $p_1$ on the first point. You use an ideal gas as fluid. We derived in our script a formula for the case that you ...
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drift velocity of gas needed to get into a pressurised vessel

Would a gas entering a narrow tubular opening of an initially empty vessel at a given velocity, fill up the vessel to a definite pressure? If so, how is the velocity of the gas related to the final ...
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Is there a simple equivalent to Ohm's law for gas (pressure=R*throughput)?

Question I have the feeling gas cannot have an equivalent of Ohm's law, tying pressure and throughput via some kind of fluid resistance constant depending on the geometry of the obstacle considered. ...
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Does a venturi injector contradict the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

The picture below shows a venturi injector. When the water flow enters the narrower cross section its velocity increases and its pressure decreases. Subsequently, fluid is sucked (or injected) into ...
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What granular/colored material suspends itself in an enclosed container filled with water regardless of pressure, gravity and buoyancy?

i've been looking around for an answer but it turns out that google dsn't think it's an obvious question. Would really appreciate the help. Basically i'm wondering if there is any known material that ...
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Worthington jets explanation: fluid phenomenon

I don't understand the reason behind the formation of Worthington jets I've been reading a bit about Worthington jets Video 1, this phenomenon is caused when something is thrown to the water as we ...
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Fluids Dynamics - Transmission Oil Dilution Problem [closed]

I have a fluids dynamics (I guess) problem with my car and I can't seem to find the answer: I have to change my transmission oil. It has a 7 liter total capacity, but due to the torque converter, I ...
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Symmetry considerations in Plane Poiseuille Flow

I'm taking a first course on fluid dynamics, and I have this (sort of) conceptual question that's been nagging me for a moment now. I can completely follow the mathematics behind the derivation of the ...
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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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Water well fluid dynamics [closed]

In my home village everyone has their own water well at the foot of the mountain (limestone) . The wells are over 100 feet deep but they are not cemented or have the area between the hole and the ...
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What am I missing in this reasoning?

In studying the problem of locomotion at low Reynolds number, one possible approach is based on gauge theories. In simple terms, one considers a sequence of shapes of a certain deformable body, say ...
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Is this a case of the “venturi effect”? What's behind the “Venturi effect” actually?

Some dinghy sailboats have a hole in the bottom of their deck used to automatically bail out water after a capsize. bailer of the laser sailoat The mechanism only works if the boat is moving. The ...
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2D aerofoil fluid analysis - find velocity ratio

I just wondered if you could help me out on this fluid mechanics question? I have worked through it myself but am very unsure of my answer (not yet found the pressure difference) the question is ...
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Alternative to Naphthalene Sublimation

I work in a wind tunnel that uses Naphthalene for flow visualization. Specifically we use it to see the location of transition from laminar to turbulent flow. We mix it with acetone and spray it on ...
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How does a Venturi Injector comply with energy conservation?

How does a Venturi Injector comply with energy conservation? When the water flow enters the narrower cross section its velocity increases and its pressure decreases. When the pressure gets lower ...
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Question about Elon Musk's Hyperloop Suspension [closed]

So one of the proposed suspension systems that will be used on the hyperloop include the externally pressurised air cushions. These cushions lift (or atleast help lift) the capsule and reduce drag ...
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Cleaning a dirty jar [duplicate]

I would like to wash the inside of an almost empty cylindric jar on whose walls there are remains of a sticky substance such as peanut butter. I do this by filling it up with water and then shaking ...
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Sedimentation at the bottom of a vessel

At the moment I'm studying the sedimentation of suspensions. There is a lot of literature discussing the physics behind this processes (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4). Most of the sources I found study only the ...
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Flow Rate Calculation from a drain tank through a pipe [duplicate]

I want to know how to calculate the flowrate (Q) of a drain tank flowing through a pipe (see the figure below) All I know is that Q=Velocity(V) x Area (A) V= sqrt(2*g*H)=sqrt(2*9.81*10)=14m/s. I ...
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Why can't the Navier Stokes equations be derived from first principle physics?

At the 109th UCLA Faculty Research lecture, Seth Putterman gave a talk on Sonoluminescence. During the lecture he emphasized that "The Navier Stokes equations cannot be derived from first principles ...
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How do I get 50 Reputation? [migrated]

I was going to comment that the atmosphere takes about 1/3 to 1/2 the mussel velocity based on my 1987 paper on the Flight of Passive Launch Vehicles. I am about to re-do the paper and am working from ...
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Why do the tangent holes (like in pitot-static tube) feel the static pressure?

Why do the tangent holes (like in pitot-static tube) feel the static pressure although the static pressure is in the direction of the velocity of the streamlines not normal to the surface of the hole
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Pressure - How much fluid can void support?

Please refer to the attached (terrible) drawing while reading the post ! After watching some videos about the U-tube effect in drilling, a question came to me. Imagine one fluid of heavy density ...
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Extension of vector field and fluid velocity

I've been studying locomotion at low Reynolds number with gauge theories reading this paper and on pages 567 and 568 we find the explanation on how to compute the field strength tensor. For simplicity ...
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Specific form of Stokes's differential equation

Coming from a chemical background, I have next to no knowledge of the (as it seems to me) complex field of fluid dynamics, so bear with me here. I'm reading a paper written by seismologist Norman ...