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

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Why small droplet goes upward after pinch-off?

This small droplet moves against gravity. How to calculate its initial upward velocity exactly after pinch-off?
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How to find the velocity of a fluid coming out of a pipe?

I need to know the velocity of the water coming out of a pipe and I know that I would need to know the Mass Flow Rate or Volume Flow Rate to find the velocity but my problem is that I don't know ...
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total vorticity generation in 3D

In 2D flows, the total vorticity generation for an impulsively started plate can be found by measuring the circulation of the flow. This gives the vorticity generated per unit length. I would like ...
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Why are racing catamarans' hulls not teardrop shaped? [on hold]

Looking at the America's Cup 72 class catamarans, I was wondering about their hull shape, which has a sharp wave piercing bow. My question is: since an airfoil shape experiences less drag than a sharp ...
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Shaken vs stirred, is there a difference? [on hold]

I was looking up tequila Drink recipes for the up coming holiday, and I kept seeing ones calling to be shook and other to be stirred. So I wondered: is there really a difference? does stirring provide ...
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Show that boundary layers diffuse out from the plate with speed $\sqrt{\frac{\nu}{t}}$ [on hold]

I was wondering if someone could help me with this problem. I think it's quite simple, but I'm not sure how to do it! An infinite horizontal plate moves with speed $U$ in its on plane relative to ...
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Height of Water 'Splashing'

Suppose from a height $H$, I throw a ball of mass $M$ and radius $R$ with initial velocity $u$ into a pool of depth $x$ having a liquid with density $\rho$ and coefficient of viscosity $\eta$. ...
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If the surface tension is reduced to half(say by using a surfactant), what would be the effect on the size of an air bubble in the liquid

If I reduce the surface tension to half of the original value, what would be the effect on the size of an air bubble in the fluid? What would be the effect on buoyancy and drag forces? Also, if I ...
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Find the separation distance for a line of oil being squashed between two flat plates [on hold]

I was wondering if someone could give me some help on how to start this problem, I'm really struggling to get my head around it. A long line of oil is being squashed between two flat plates of length ...
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Efficiency of a gravity feed hose

If I am trying to fill a large cylindrical container with a gravity feed hose, would it be more efficient, time-wise, to drill a hole in the bottom of the container for a greater initial pressure ...
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Why does a sheet of paper fall slower than the same when rolled into a ball?

It depends on volume but both the sheet and the sphere have the same volume. Does surface area play any role here?
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Show that the boundary layers diffuse out from the plate with speed $\sqrt{\frac{\nu}{t}}$

I was wondering if somebody would be able to help me with this problem. I know how to solve it using dimension arguments but I'm unsure what is meant by transformation techniques. Any help would be ...
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Why can't it work? Perpetual motion machine [duplicate]

Lets assume that the red ball is more dense than the white fluid and less dense than the blue fluid. The fluids are of very low viscosity and the machine can be of any height. The flaps open when ...
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How deep can a whirlpool descend?

My question is based around comparing the physics of a tornado against, what I imagine/assume to be the marine equivalent of a tornado, that is a whirlpool located either at sea, in a tidal region or ...
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How to make two equations dimensionless? [closed]

I recently got set this problem and am having trouble scaling the resulting equations. Any help would be appreciated. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between two infinite ...
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Measuring Steam Flow with Venturi Effect?

I understand steam is a compressible fluid and that the Bernoulli effect has been generalised for compressible fluids but I'm struggling understand how the Venturi effect can be generalised to allow ...
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How do i calculate the amount of fluid flowing through a tube?

If I have a tube with an internal diameter of 3.5mm in inside diameter and 30cm in length with a viscosity of 1.77cp, and a pressure of 200kpa, how fast will the liquid flow through? It the tube is in ...
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Controlling the flow of powder from a container, based on grams selected [closed]

was wondering how you would control the flow of powder from a container (with a small cylindrical dispenser at the bottom). The container is filled with powder. As the container drains, less ...
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Flow between two infinite plates [closed]

I recently got set this problem and I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some hints/intuition on how to solve it. Thanks. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between ...
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Work done by flow of a fluid

I'm looking at the power a flow of steam when used by a turbine. I originally assumed that the kinetic energy of a moving section of steam was equal to (let $V$ be volume, $\rho$ be density, and $v$ ...
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Why do not the ripples on a pond form a 3 dimensional wave?

I can see that that the expansion of the the circles happens in a two dimensional plane. Therefore, we say that a two dimensional wave is formed. But, why cannot we count the vertical disturbance so ...
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Pouring oil on choppy water to calm it , does it work and if so how?

Near where I live, local fishermen often bring cans of castor oil with them, to calm the water around their boats, if they feel bad weather is due. They claim this method of sea calming works, ...
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What are main differences between Lagrangian and Eulerian description? [closed]

What are main differences between Lagrangian and Eulerian description? What are advantages and disadvantages of each of them?
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Aerodynamic noise created by cooling fan

What is the reason behind the noise created by fan blades while moving? Some paper says that it is because of the Kármán vortex street but it can be formed in static bodies only. Most of the ...
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The pressure in a container of water is based on depth. So what happens if I remove the bottom of the container?

So I understand that if we have a system that involves a container of water the pressure will equal atmospheric pressure at the top and as we go further down the container the pressure will increase ...
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Would opening a car door at high speed change the path of the car? [closed]

If I were to open a standard, four door, four wheel, car on the highway, would the door swing open and possibly tear off? Would the drag that it creates 'reroute' the car (turn it to the direction of ...
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Under what conditions is air is in chemical equilibrium?

I am considering the flow field around a hypersonic glide vehicle at $M=7$. As I understand it, air is in chemical equilibrium if the fluid time scale $t_f \ll t_c$, where $t_c$ is the chemical time ...
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Anti-centrifugal force? [duplicate]

I put some balls (denser than water) in a bucket. I took a stirring rod, and swirled the water in one direction. The water became low in the middle, and high along the edges (centrifugal force). But ...
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Can I move an oil tanker?

Let's say that I'm standing at the edge of a basin made of concrete. This basin is filled with salt water and a ship floats on the water close to the edge of the basin. The ship is neither anchored ...
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Why is raindrop spherical in shape? [duplicate]

As the topic suggests why the raindrop is spherical in shape? Why it is not triangular or bipyramidal or tetrahedral? Is centre of mass or density of water related to it?
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What is the total velocity/force on a particle in fluid?

I am now facing a fluid-particle interaction problem. I would like to simulate particle motion in a fluid. I do know the external force acting on a particle (dielectrophoretic force in this case) ...
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Conservation of Mometum in integral form

Water is pumped from one reservoir into a another. The pipe expands after a lenght of $L/2$ to a diameter of $d$. Given: $\dot{V}_p, \rho_w, d, \eta, L, p_p$ The previos tasks allowed ...
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Why does a continuous water stream form ripples when colliding with a surface?

I was in the shower one day washing my hair, and noticed that the water falling off my hair formed perfect streams that ceased to break into droplets for quiet some distance (probably about 5-6 cm). ...
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Hard Drive Air Bearing Questions [closed]

I have a few questions related to the physics of the air bearing and head movement in a hard drive. What is the origin of the air bearing between the spinning platters and the head? Is it air ...
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What is the physical fundamentals of Pascal's law

Pascal's law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal's Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible ...
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Vacuum pressure equivalent in a siphon hose filled with water?

So, I was thinking about how siphons worked today, and no matter how high or low the tube goes, as long as the end is lower than the start, water will flow. So, if you took a hose, ran it up 50 ...
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Adding fluctuations to a hydrodynamic simulation to trigger instabilities

I'm doing a 2D combustion hydrodynamic simulation and there's a hydrodynamic instability that should be triggered because of the particular physical properties of my system. The key to the instability ...
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Good book for learning fluid statistics

I'm currently using Gray and Gubbins Theory of Molecular Fluids to learn about the statistical physics of fluids. It may be a fine reference text, but I'm not impressed with it as an introduction to ...
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On deriving a fluid flow pressure drop model using either physical theory or empirical methods

I'm trying to derive a model from physical principles of fluid flow, a simple quadratic model that tends to well fit actual pressure-flow data. For (real) subsonic air flow (ideally adiabatic) ...
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Thermodynamics about turbines

1.A turbine is rated at 650 hp when the flow of water through it is 0.85 m3/sec. Assuming an efficiency of 84%, what is the head acting on the turbine.
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Euler equation: momentum conservation in terms of enthalpy?

So I stumbled upon this equation: $\frac{\partial h v}{\partial t}= - \nabla(hv \cdot v)- \nabla P$ where $h$ is enthalpy, $v$ is fluid velocity, $t$ time, and $P$ pressure. It seems to have the ...
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What does it mean for a physical quantity if its mixed second partial derivatives are not equal?

This goes for every problem (either in electromagnetism or fluid dynamics) that has to do with vector fields. Say we have a fluid flowing in a closed circular pipe (or an electromagnetic field, the ...
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Shape of water jet

Suppose you are shooting a water jet in a vacuum vertically onto a flat plate in a gravity-less room. The jet makes a right angle to the plate and water is assumed to be incompressible. The mass ...
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Convective boundary condition

Consider a fluid over a sheet which is placed horizontally along the x-axis. The lower face of the sheet is in contact with another fluid at temperature $T_f$ ( it is heating the sheet). The sheet is ...
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How does the dissolution of salt affect the solution density?

Suppose you have a container of water as a solvent and you a certain amount of salt as a solute sitting at the bottom of the container that has yet to start dissolving. Supposing temperature and ...
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Is a convergent-divergent nozzle a perpetual motion machine of the second kind?

As answered in this question, a convergent-divergent nozzle (de Laval nozzle) accelerates a gas flow by converting its heat energy into kinetic energy. My intuition says that this violates the second ...
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Will a gas rotate as fast as the spherical container it is contained within?

Let's say I have a sealed spherical glass container 30 cm in diameter which contains plain air. The glass container is rotated about its axis at 1 revolution per minute. My question is, would the gas ...
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What is the meaning of the point of inflection in this?

Consider the following flow velocity profiles near a boundary, and the boundary profile point of inflection,PI Regarding the effect of pressure gradient on boundary-layer profiles does the point of ...
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Calculate Potential [closed]

$\vec{w} = \begin{pmatrix}w_r \\ w_{phi} \end{pmatrix} = \begin{pmatrix}\frac{Q_0}{2 \pi r} \\ 0 \end{pmatrix} $ 1) Show that the flow satisfys the continuity equation 2) Show that $\vec{w}$ ...
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How does a body accelerate that is put into a flow field with constant speed?

Imagine an infinitely long flow channel filled with water flowing at a constant speed everywhere parallel to the infinitely long dimension of this channel. Furthermore, imagine we place a body (say a ...