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

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finding work done by the buoyant force on a submerged object [on hold]

A flotation device is in the shape of a right cylinder, with a height of 0.500 m and a face area of 4.00 m2 on top and bottom, and its density is 0.320 times that of fresh water. It is initially held ...
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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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inlet velocity calculation from mass flow rate

I am struggling for following calculation, Could somebody please help me with this Mass flow rate and inlet velocity at 300 K and 40 mbar are 4.246 gm/minute and 32.8 cm/sec respectively, if the ...
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Tornado Vortex Low-pressure Force

If a tornado forms not contacting the ground and then moves over a large flat roof and contacts that surface, producing low pressure above that surface and having normal, higher atmospheric pressure ...
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Interpretation of Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of an hyperbolic conservation law $\partial_t W + A \partial_x W = 0$

I read in a article dealing with a hyperbolic partial differential equations this statement : For any system of hyperbolic partial differential equations (pde), expressed as (1) ...
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Adding cinnamon to my coffee makes it stop whirling much faster: Why is thats?

When I stir my coffee in a cup, the fluid spins a long time, but when I pour cinnamon into the cup, the spinning fluid slows and stops very rapidly - why?
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What is the difference between vortexing and centrifuging?

I understand that vortexing will result in mixing / re-suspension of particles, and that centrifugation will result in the separation of particles. However, what is the difference in the physics that ...
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Fluid diodes for use with cryogens

My aim is to measure the pressure difference across a fluid diode (a tube which allows a fluid to flow easily in one direction and with difficulty in the other direction). Is there an equation which ...
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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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Physical meaning of multipole moment

Is there a physical interpretation for multipole moments? For a quantity governed by the Laplace equation ($\nabla^2 \omega = 0$), I understand that the general solution is given by the multipole ...
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Why is an airplane propeller so different from a boat propeller in shape? [on hold]

Examples: Airplane propeller Source:http://www.sensenich.com Boat propeller Source:http://www.nauticexpo.com It is obvious that the airplane propeller is drastically different from the boat ...
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Why does water flowing from a tap become thinner as it flows down

When I opened the tap, water flowing out from the openening became thinner as it flowed down. The same thing also happened when weather came out of a bottle. What is the reason for this? Is it ...
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Rotating fluid boundary layer [closed]

This question has probably already been answered but nevertheless: Water is brought to rotate in a glass placed on a rotating disk. In the steady state the water surface is parabolic. What is the ...
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Is flow speed between two pressures dependent on absolute or relative pressure difference?

Imagine you have a pressure chamber which is divided by a removable wall in two equal parts. Scenario A) Air pressure on the left side is 1 bar, on the right side it is 2 bar. Scenario B) Air ...
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Helmholtz decomposition allows incompressible flow with an irrotational component?

A vector field can be written in terms of irrotational and a divergence-free components. Using a 2D velocity field as an example, $ \vec v = -\nabla \phi + \nabla \times \vec \Psi$ Where $\vec \Psi$ ...
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Simulating supersonic flight in game

So this question about how to implement a good looking simulation of super-hypersonic flight of a rocket from launch point to orbit. I have an idea how to implement a good looking aerodynamic on ...
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Spoilers in NASCAR race [closed]

What is the difference between a spoiler and a rear wings? Why do NASCAR race cars have 3.5 inch spoilers?
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Effect of initial suction power on siphon performance

Background I have a flooded crawl space and I'm using a long hose to siphon the water out. I do this as follows: One side of the hose is in the crawl space, and the other side down a hill in the ...
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A model for constant temperature of water in a container

I put some water in a container with initial temperature $T_0$ in a room, and the room's initial temperature is $T_a$. Now the container is filled to the maximum, so any more water coming in will ...
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How does water at different temperatures behave when they are mixed? [closed]

If I were to inject a constant flow of water at T1 into a reservoir of water at T2, how does that effect the temperature of the mixture at different points in the reservoir? In other words, what ...
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How do the Americas Cup Yachts sails work?

With the vast majority of sailing boats its pretty evident how the sails work to harness the energy of the wind to propel themselves forward. However on the modern Americas cup foiling yachts i can't ...
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Sensitive flame [closed]

As the year 1867 , Professor Tyndall explained the flame that is sensitive to sound ; The flame comes out from a pipe (it could be propane) and depends on some parameters like the flame speed $v_{f}$ ...
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Misunderstanding about Reynolds number

I am confused about Reynolds number. I am trying to use the formula to see if NASCAR cars have laminar or turbulent flow. But I am not sure how exactly to use the equation in order to do such ...
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Application of Stoke's Law

I was looking at Stoke's law and it says that you use it to calculate the drag force on a sphere passing through a fluid. Can i also use this equation to calculate the drag force on a car going ...
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Power vs. Speed - Indoor rowing

In the sport of indoor rowing (and probably others) I know that to double your speed you must increase your power output by a factor of eight. I am wondering why this is the case. The indoor rower ...
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Determining intake pressure of a cannula returning blood to an ECMO circuit

What are we trying to figure out: We want to know if it is possible to determine the pressure of the inlet for the catheter that returns deoxygenated blood to the ECMO system to help prevent ...
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Could a hydrophobic surface increase a liquid's resistance to compression/displacement?

Imagine a quantity of an aqueous (yet slightly viscous) solution is resting on a hydrophobic surface with a contact angle around 100°. A downward force is then applied as a (repellant) surface is ...
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Viscous forces with asymmetric gradient velocity in fluid mechanics

In fluid mechanics, the stress tensor writes $\sigma = -p 1 + \tau$ where the deviatoric part $\tau$ corresponds to shear. The viscous (volumic) forces are $\operatorname{div}\tau$. For a Newtonian ...
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Hydraulics: Booster bore variance - pedal travel (car)

I want to install an inline (remote) VH44 booster (vacuum assist "brake booster"), which has a 5/8" bore. My master cylinder (in this case, I'm installing it on the clutch line) has a 3/4" bore. ...
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How does the cross section of a stream of falling water decrease

Consider a continuous stream of water flowing down from a tap. Since the water flow is continuous, by equation of continuity, the cross sectional area of the stream decreases. But what makes the water ...
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What fluid dynamics equations are like in zero gravity?

I don't know if this is a proper question. I am not so familiar with fluids. I am just curious about what Navier-Stokes equations for fluids will look like in zero gravity. Are they stay the same? If ...
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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 a trumpet play at a tritone lower without lip vibration?

My trumpet teacher noticed that if you blow into a trumpet for warm-up, without any lip vibration, there is still a slightly audible pitch which is a tritone lower than "expected" in the following ...
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What result would I get from series-mounted vacuum assist? (hydraulic vacuum assist)

If I install two inline vacuum assist devices (such as VH44) on my clutch line, what will change in comparison to having a single boost? Will it decrease pedal travel? Tension? Both? Neither? Lest ...
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Derive drag coefficient of plate

There is any analytical way to derive drag coefficient of flat plate aligned perpendicular to the flow? Wikipedia says it's between 1.98~2.05 but I want to get this value in calculation, not ...
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A thermometer in the wind

Consider two cases, Situation 1: a thermometer is stationary and air is blowing past it. Situation 2: the thermometer is moving with the wind, say on a car or something. Assuming now friction ...
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Expansion of Lighthill source term problem

Studying M. S. Howe's Theory of Vortex Sound I need to compare following two approximations of Lighthill's source term $L$: $$ L_1 = \mathrm{div} \hspace{2pt} (\omega \times v) $$ $$ L_2 = ...
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Ratio of force of resistance due to liquid to that due to gravity

What is ratio of force of resistance due to liquid to that due to gravity? For any object for example a ball falling in a liquid with constant velocity, what will be the ratio?
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Fluid dynamics question [closed]

Consider 2 cubes one resting horizontally with a hole at the bottom corner , we can say that the speed of water coming out of there is sqrt(2gh) if the hole is considerably small , what about the rate ...
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dynamics&forces of hydrofoil wave surfing

I'm puzzled by apparent ability of hydrofoil to surf [ocean's] wave, as evidenced by this footage. Let's compare it to ordinary surfboard. Let's focus on "static" condition when the board is position ...
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A cylindrical vessel open at the top

A cylindrical vessel open at the top is 20cm high and 10cm in diameter. Circular hole whose cross-sectional area 1 cm² is cut at the centre of the bottom of the vessel water flows from a tube above ...
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Why do very small balls attached to a tiny spring propel themselves in hardly moving fluids? [duplicate]

I recall watching a youtube video about a ball with a spring on the idea propelling themselves through stable fluids without any assistance, even if we make sure the spring isn't moving in the ...
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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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What is the real cause of the boiling (forming of bubbles) of water?

I've got a question about the boiling of water. I'm a first year physics student and from the Netherlands. I've searched alot about the boiling of water and this confused me. Everyone said something ...
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Pressure gradients at two different sized holes separating 2 chambers at different pressures [closed]

Why is the pressure gradient by the simplified Bernoulli equation higher at the smaller hole?
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How to estimate wind speed from a pressure difference?

Does a formula (or a rule of thumb) exist to estimate the wind speed between a high pressure area and a low pressure area given the pressure difference between the two areas? Only the wind resulting ...
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Coherence of pressure and mass flow in a pipe [closed]

What is the coherence of pressure and mass-flow in a horizontal pipe? Let's assume I have just one pipe with pressure = 1.5 bar at the input and through pressure-losses 1.2bar at the output. Is there ...
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Is the force exerted by the container on the fluid and the force exerted by the liquid on the container equal?

I came across a question where i was asked to find the force exerted by the walls of a frustum shaped bucket on a liquid inside it . I found the force exerted by the liquid on the walls of the bucket ...
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How to model terminal velocity as a function of gravitational acceleration?

Taking the most simplistic form of terminal velocity, $v=\sqrt{\frac{mg}{c}}$ I want to try and derive an equation that models the velocity as g changes in height.. Because obviously the terminal ...