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

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kinetic energy of flowing fluid

When a quantity of fluid (let's say equal to volumetric flow rate Litre/s) collides during a second with an object, do all the molecules of this quantity collides with it? I am asking this question ...
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Why sphere minimizes surface area for a given volume?

I was studying surface tension recently. Rain drops or bubbles of any kind which form are always of a spherical shape. This is because the liquid tries to minimize the surface area as the molecules ...
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Need to know height of wave generated by spherical object falling into water [duplicate]

Working with an architect at present.I need to know the height of wave/ripple that would be created by a spherical object weighing approximately 10 tonnes and measuring 42 metres in diameter falling ...
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Why do particles in the molten wax near a burning candle wick get pushed away?

Have a look at this clip I made of my candle burning: I can accept that the molten wax gets sucked into the wick (though not quite sure why: capilary action?). But why does it also seem to get ...
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Friction in a fluid

when an object is moving in a fluid(air for example), the air will resist the object's movement: molecules of the air will collide with the surface of the object (no slip condition) and then we will ...
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Modeling Fluid Flow

I could really use some assistance. How would I go about trying to use Maple in order to model flow of a fluid through objects? For a rough example, such as entering an enterance of a maze and exiting ...
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Volume integral of pressure interpretation

If you have a fluid with with pressure field $p$ what is the physical significance of the the volume integral of the pressure $\int_V p dV$?
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Kinetic energy of fluid + collision

When a fluid is flowing, it has of course a kinetic energy and thus we can define kinetic power equal to ρAv v is the velocity and A is the surface of a solid for example. I have a question (maybe it ...
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Is there a conclusive correlation between viscosity and surface tension?

I'm working on a project and I need to know if the viscosity effects on the surface tension or not?
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Can u explain below diagram is possible or not [closed]

If I takes 3 balloons with same size they r connected with same thred frist end have 2 balloons and second end have 1 balloon I put same manner as shown in diagram then frist end is gos up or not or ...
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How to reduce surface tension of water?

I'm working on a project and I need to reduce the surface tension of water. I want you to tell me a way in order to reduce surface tension of water except changing the temperature.
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Numerical problem on Viscosity [closed]

A horizontal tube of radius $1\ \mathrm{mm}$ and length $40 \ \mathrm{cm}$ is connected to the bottom of a cubical tank of sides $100\ \mathrm{cm}$ containing water of viscosity $0.01 \ \mathrm{poise}$...
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How does Bernoulli's principle produce wing lift? [duplicate]

In the Ray Kurzweil's book How to create a mind is said that: The mathematics of how Bernoulli's principle produces wing lift is still not yet fully settled among scientist [...] What does ...
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assumptions about sound waves

When deriving the sound wave equation: $${1 \over c^2} {\partial^2 p' \over \partial t^2 }= \Delta^2 p' $$ by linearizing the Euler equation: $$\rho {d v \over dt }= - \nabla p $$ and the continuity ...
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Bernoulli Principle and pressure function

I have read in several places now that for compressible flow the Bernoulli equation $$ \frac {v^2}{2}+ P\ + \Psi = \text{constant}$$ requires: $$P=\int {dp\over \rho(p)} $$ But I don't get ...
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When can we just look at just the partial derivative of energy?

I am reading a text about fluid mechanics and in the chapter about the (zero viscosity) Wuler equation this showed up: We consider now the kinetic energy and the internal energy of the system and ...
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flow rate in split bottleneck

water flows from top to bottom. first there are two pipes, one with 10 LPM max flow rate and another with 20 LPM max flow rate. they both go to another pipe, which is 20 LPM max flow rate. the total ...
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Why does Torricelli's law seems to fail when water speeds up after I put my finger in a hose?

We are taught that the speed of the fluid through a hole in a water filled tank obeys Torricelli law: $v=\sqrt{2gh}$, thus the speed is independent of the size of the hole. Why is it then that making ...
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What causes loud sound when popping a baloon/bubble?

As I chew my gum, I wonder: when I blow and pop bubbles, what creates the snapping sound? Or similarly, what causes the loud POP when one pops a balloon? Is it the rush of air from inside the pocket ...
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Single fluid simulation algorithm

Every fluid simulation I've seen implicitly involves a fluid that isn't mentioned, usually air. This is clear because the simulation usually has an ambient temperature, and always an ambient velocity. ...
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Directional resistance in water

How do I calculate the change in resistance in a sealed central heating system, in respect of using a T or y section, I.e, when water flows ⬆️ through a T resistance is split equally at the ...
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How viscosity and velocity relate in a pipe?

Assume we have a pipe that there is a fluid stream in it. By increasing the velocity of the fluid the resistance will increase either (because of the viscosity I think). My question is how are these ...
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Air flow through a tube

During a discussion, a friend explained to me that the volume of air flowing through a tube could be increased up to the point where the air reached supersonic velocity. Presumably the pressure ...
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How does air travel after leaving air nozzle?

I am working on a project which involves air nozzles. I am interested in estimating the time it takes for air particles after they leave the nozzle to reach a particular distance away. I have the ...
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Why does water not fall out of a pressurized tank? [closed]

Would water fall out of a pressurized container or not? I'm guessing it would because the internal pressure would cause the water to rush out of the container. A capped container contains water under ...
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Can a compressible fluid flowing , change its speed in the absence of a pressure gradient?

I've heard that in a high velocity nozzle, any random 'fluid particle' experiences an increase in kinetic energy at the cost of internal energy and pressure energy.And I do understand that for any ...
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How does hydraulic press work at molecular level?

Let's consider the following arrangement: I know that because of conservation of energy the force on the car has to be amplified. The work $W$ done is $$W = \text{Force} \cdot \text{distance} \, ,...
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Radiative transfer in a two dimensional slab

I am trying to implement some radiative transfer to a hydrodynamics code. However, all texts that deal with multidimensional radiative transfer assume spherical coordinates, however the hydro code is ...
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Does this dimensioneless quantity have a name?

When studying creeping flows, a common choice for a characteristic pressure scale is $$p_0 = \frac{\mu_0 U_0}{L_0},$$ where $\mu_0$ is a reference dynamic viscosity, $U_0$ is a reference velocity and $...
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Relative magnitudes of pressure gradient force and Coriolis force at midlatitudes

In the midlatitudes, both Coriolis and pressure gradient forces are present in the atmosphere. Can a statement be made about which one of the two forces is bigger in this region?
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If I was to poke two holes in a water filled balloon would it lose water twice as fast a a balloon with one hole?

if I was to assume that the only force behind water coming out of the holes is the pressure i.e., the height of the water remaining which is constantly changing (declining) as water leaves the balloon,...
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Derivation of Viscous Force

For viscous drag, the formula for the force is, $$ \mathbf F=\pm\eta A\nabla\mathbf u $$ where $\eta$ is the viscosity coefficient, $A$ the area and $\nabla\mathbf u$ the velocity gradient. How is ...
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Unsteady Rankine-Hugoniot relations. Is it applicable?

For a unsteady normal shock moving in a medium, the Rankine-Hugoniot relations can be derived, by converting the problem into a steady by fixing the frame of reference on the shock. This idea is easy ...
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Relation between pressure and velocity of a fluid

What is the relation between pressure and velocity of a fluid in a closed pipe flow? I used the Bernoulli equation in case of a pipe having non viscous fluid. The pipe is say tilted at an angle and ...
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How to calculate leakage flow in a horizontal pipe?

Consider the picture below: The microcontroller takes care of maintaining the pressure $P_1$ constant. In addition, the flow $F$, the area of the pipe ($A_p$) and the area of the hole ($A_h$) are ...
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Understanding Stagnation point in pitot fluid

What is stagnation point in fluid mechanics. At the open end of the pitot tube the velocity of the fluid becomes zero.But that should result in accumulation of liquid inside the pipe which is not ...
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Hydrodynamics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and equations of states

Why is it that in non-equilibrium hydrodynamic modelling, e.g. when the solution is time dependent, people use equations of state that are derived from equilibrium considerations (i.e. the ideal gas ...
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Difference between finite volume, characteristic method and plug flow models of a pipe

I have to model pipes (of a district heating network) with ODE's. My background is computer-science, so it is not that easy for me to understand different approaches. Finite volume approach. Method ...
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Is it possible to determine the depth according to waves at the surface of a fluid?

Is it possible to determine the depth of a lake (for example) according to the waves of a stone thrown in this lake ?
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Physical intuition on vortex sound generation

Whenever a fluid has a nonzero vorticity, it looses some of its energy in a form of sound wave. Formally is this mechanism described by Lighthill's equation or some related model (like e.g. Curle's ...
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How does inhalation work?

In school, we learn that during inhalation, the diaphragm expands, causing air to get sucked into our lungs. You can feel this suction by putting your hand over your mouth while inhaling. Why is that?...
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Bernoulli's Equation for Barotropic Flows

I'm trying to understand a derivation of Bernoilli's Equation and I'm having a hard time understanding the math behind this indentity $$ \frac{1}{\rho} \nabla p = \nabla \int \frac{\textrm{d}p}{\rho}....
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What is meant by the Laminar boundary layer equations?

I have a question and it is to briefly explain (do not derive) the laminar boundary layer equations. I need to understand what the underlying ideas and how the equations are employed. Any help would ...
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Fluid motion videos [duplicate]

I am looking for references to papers and research problems involving fluid mechanics, and in particular animal/plant/bacteria locomotion, that could be illustrated by showing a video like these. It's ...
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The equation of continuity in isothermal system in spherical axis(transport phenomena)

My homework is about finding the equation of continuity in isothermal systems in spherical axis, I can't imagine a workaround for that since its a little complicated for me to understand velocities ...
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What are the factors on the volume of a drop?

Earlier today I grabbed a flask of sweetener and reading through the nutrition info I found this "Approximately 0.2cal per 0.2mL or drop". So I started thinking, what affects the volume of a drop? Is ...
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A leaf floating on the surface of water (in $x$-$y$ plane) curl along positive $z$ axis [closed]

A leaf floating on the surface of water (in x-y plane) show that for a very small circular leaf ($\nabla \times \overrightarrow v $) is equal to twice the angular velocity of rotation of the leaf, ...
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What is Pressure Energy?

While deriving Bernoulli's Theorem, our teacher said that the sum of KE, PE and Pressure Energy per unit volume remains constant at any two points. $$P + \rho g h + \frac{\rho v^2}{2} = \text{...
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How does a building lose heat through a gap in the external wall?

Consider a building in a cold climate with a temperature difference of 20 degrees C, i.e. external temp. is 0 degrees C and internal temp is 20 degrees C. How does a building lose heat through a gap ...
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Wind velocity required to get a flag flying/waving - is there a formula to estimate this?

For example, the giant flags here are 300' x 150 ' with 1,100 lb weight. A question was asked about how much wind would be required to "fly" such a flag given a tall enough flag pole. A Google search ...