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

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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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Can vorticity be destroyed?

I have a professor that is fond of saying that vorticity cannot be destroyed. I see how this is true for inviscid flows, but is this also true for viscous flow? The vorticity equation is shown below ...
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Perfect fluids in cosmology?

In cosmology, it is often assumed that the equation of state of a cosmological fluid is of the form $p=w\rho$. Why is this? Is it the equation of a perfect fluid? Why does $w=0$ for matter $1/3$ for ...
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Undergrad project advice [closed]

I am presently in my senior year and I am considering fluid mechanics for my thesis. What area of research of fluid mechanics which is purely analytical and very mathematical since I am an applied ...
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Robot controling pouring process from a bottle

I need to solve a problem within mechanic of fluids for a part of my thesis. Robot will pick up a bottle of beer, cola, julebrus or any other kind of beverage. And then it has to bring it to the glass ...
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Seashell occurrance

Sometimes, sea shells accumulate on the sea shore, but sometimes they will instead be dragged back out to sea. What are the main physical factors that determine which of these things will happen?
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Drinking juice through a straw

Why we are able to suck more drink through a larger diameter straw than a smaller diameter straw if $p_1 v_1 = p_2 v_2 = Q$ as per Bernoulli's Principle. The pressure difference I create in mouth ...
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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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2-D Turbulence - how does it look like?

Consider parallel flow in the X direction over a 2D semi infinite flat plate. If turbulence is 2-D, in which axes should we expect the vortices to form. Also, are there any experimental/visualization ...
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Explanation for the next steps of chaplygin dipole

this post is the Chaplygin dipole, it's an interesting issue. Can someone explain me these steps in other words please? any Explanation of any step will help me, I hope that together I will ...
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Could some design of a propeller be used in both air and water?

Propellers in water are smaller in diameter. They also move more slowly. On the other hand, aircraft propellers are larger in diameter, have narrower blades and operate at very high speeds. An ...
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Force required to move a fluid out of piston at depth

I have a cylinder filled with water in it at the bottom of the ocean. Say 100 meters down. In this cylinder is a piston that moves up and down. Its job is to squish the water out the bottom of the ...
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What temperatures can be reached in an air-to-air thermocompressor nozzle and why?

People are generally of the opinion that the boiler injector cannot be redesigned to run on air. In other words, an air-to-air thermocompressor that puts fresh air into a tank without a mechanical ...
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Does gravity affects temperature reading of a mercury thermometer?

I remember when I was in primary school, the science teacher put me in charge of a mercury thermometer. I do not quite understand the mechanics behind except that mercury expands when it is hot and ...
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Calculating pressure in accelerated fluids in closed and open vessels?

The question asked was "what should be the acceleration such that the pressure at both the points marked by thick dots be equal? the vessel is open and cubic with side 5m?" Initially i considered ...
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Concerning drag on a flow past a cylinder

I am wondering about the drag coefficient for a flow past a cylinder. I am reading this article. I understand why the drag is high to begin with (point 2), when the boundary layer separates and the ...
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Will this type of engine produce thrust?

I was wondering that if we replace the combustion chambers in a jet engine with heaters heating the compressed air up to temperature near to plasma then what will be the case, will it produce any kind ...
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Whats the anti-torque mechanism in horizontal take-off aircraft?

In most helicopters there is the anti-torque tail rotor to prevent the body from spinning in the opposite direction to the main rotor. What's the equivalent mechanism in horizontal takeoff single ...
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Exact Solutions to the Navier-Stokes Equations

There are a number of exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations. How many exact solutions are currently known? Is it possible to enumerate all of the solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations?
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Why water in the sink follow a curved path?

When you fill the sink with water and then allow the water to be drained, the water forms a vortex.. And then it starts to follow a curved path downwards by effects of gravity.. Why this phenomena ...
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Navier-Stokes system

I have to study this system which name is Navier-Stokes. Can you explain please what means that $p$, $u$ and $(u \cdot \nabla)u$. What represents in reality? Tell me please, how should I read the ...
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Hot Air Balloon and Buoyancy

This is a conceptual question in a solution I am trying to understand. Problem statement: I have a balloon with a volume of V $m^3$. The outside air temp is $K$ kelvin and mass to lift is $m$ kg. I ...
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Work done by gravity on Water

Now according to me we would see change in potential energy of system and equate it to the work done by gravity. But when we see this the first column lowers by $H/2$ and right one rises by $H/2$ ...
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how to explain the upright force for the plane? [duplicate]

I remember in the high school physics, my teacher told us that the design of the plane wing is because we want the air above the wing flowing faster than the air flowing below so the pressure above ...
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Explanation that air drag is proportional to speed or square speed?

A falling object with no initial velocity with mass $m$ is influenced by a gravitational force $g$ and the drag (air resistance) which is proportional to the object's speed. By Newton´s laws this can ...
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Physical interpretation of an intermittency definition

A random function $v(t)$ is said to be intermittent at small scales of its "Flatness" $F$, given as $$ F(\Omega) = \frac{\langle (v_{\Omega}^{>}(t))^4\rangle}{\langle ...
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How does an aeroplane maintain balance during maneuvers?

I understand the principle behind flight, how the lift is generated etc. What I don't understand is when there are maneuvers made where the plane flies such that the wings are in vertical plane, how ...
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Spinning liquid to create a centrifuge effect

I'm in the business of purifying used cooking oil. Normally, I heat the oil up and let it settle for a couple of days. Water and solids settle to the bottom and cleaner oil remains on top. I'm trying ...
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Equidistant coffee rings in a mug: pinning boundaries coupled with migration of solute or just sip volume?

I understand that you get coffee rings on a table as a result of solute migration (solutocapillarity) towards the pinning of the circumference of the coffee ring [Deegan et al.]. Below is an ...
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blood fluidics - can you determine the force exerted on a bound red blood cell under shear stress?

Is it possible to calculate the force exerted on a bound, infected red blood cell under various shear stresses? The strength of an adhesive interaction is normally measured by SPR or AFM, however ...
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Lagrangian Coordinates in Fluid Flow

I apologize if this is not the right place to ask this question: I am currently reading a paper by Y. Brenier, where for the fluid flow he introduces a Lagrangian label $a$ instead of the vertical ...
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Can a hovering helicopter travel half the globe in 12 hours? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a helicopter that is able to stay stationary in flight for extended periods of time. If such a helicopter stayed at point A in the sky for 12 hours straight, would it reach the other ...
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Archimedes principle and specific gravity

A physical balance measures the gravitational mass of a body. I conducted an experiment to find out the specific gravity of a bob. I first measured the mass of the bob in air, and then in water. The ...
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Why does tea rises in the pot but water don't?

I was wondering when I boil water in a pot it only shakes too much while boiling. But I could not figure out why tea rises in the pot when we boil it. it is also a liquid but it starts rising up till ...
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Best shape to reduce the splash of a droplet?

Our coffee machine catches the last couple of droplets, after your cup is removed on a shape to reduce plash of the coffee droplets. These shapes are placed inside the spill reservoir. The shape ...
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Can anyone explain what a superleak is?

In the context of Helium can anyone explain what a superleak is and why it could be useful?
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where to find sample fluid stirring data?

I want to find some force data for fluid stirring. Originally I intended to record the data using my force sensor, but it doesn't have the resolution to read stirring force for Newtonian fluid. ...
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What causes acceleration of particles in the expansion section of a De Laval nozzle?

A De Laval nozzle has a compression section, where the propellant is compressed (and thereby accelerated) as it moves towards a narrow section (the throat). After the throat, the nozzle widens out ...
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Conformal symmetry of Navier-Stokes?

This question is in reference to the paper arXiv:0810.1545 Can someone help understand this scaling argument and the proof(?) that there is a conformal symmetry in Navier-Stoke's equation? (..am I ...
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Wall pressure of a fluid flow in a pipe of variable radius

Using all cylindrical coordinates, pipe with z-axis vertically upward and radius of $r = G(z)$, flow is incompressible, inviscid and steady, Using appropriate boundary conditions I want to find the ...
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Stripeless cleaning of windows

Cross post: http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/4377/22 Last week I was discussing with a friend how we thought the stripeless cleaning of windows is achieved when using a cleaner like Windex ...
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Drag on a spinning ball in fluid

I am a physics newbie (high school level) and I am wondering what happens when a spherical object is spinning on the spot in a bunch of gas (no gravity here, just an imaginary physics sandbox). Am I ...
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Pressure loss in a syringe

I'm currently working on a problem which is really giving me some issues. The problem concerns the force required to expel water from a syringe. We have a 20 ml syringe (which is $2\times10^{-5}$ ...
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Flux Over a Surface

I am teaching a multivariable calculus course and we are starting to go over surface integrals. I am a math professor with little knowledge of physics. At one point the book discusses fluid flow. ...
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Buoyancy fluxes in a stratififed fluid and units

I am calculating the buoyancy flux ($B$) for a stratified fluid as follows: $$ B=\frac{g\alpha S}{C_{pw}\rho_0} $$ where $g = 9.81$ $m/s$; $\alpha = 1.6 t\times10^{-5} + 9.6\times10^{-6} \times (20 ...
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What is the mystery of turbulence?

One of the great unsolved problems in physics is turbulence but I'm not too clear what the mystery is. Does it mean that the Navier-Stokes equations don't have any turbulent phenomena even if we solve ...
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Proof that flux through a surface is independent of the inner objects' arrangement

$$\Phi=\iint_{\partial V}\mathbf{g} \cdot d \mathbf{A}=-4 \pi G M$$ Essentially, why is $\Phi$ independent of the distribution of mass inside the surface $\partial V$, and the shape of surface ...
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Determine viscosity using falling sphere (Stokes Law, Ladenburg correction)

Introduction I am trying to determine the viscosity of a fluid. Therefore, I let a sphere of known mass m and radius r fall ...
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Whirlpools and Tornados

This may not be a great question. But whenever you drain water, a small whirlpool happens, obviously. This got me thinking... Can we model tornados with this effect, would it even be beneficial?
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Bernoulli's theorem: $\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}u^2+\phi$ is constant along a streamline

I am trying to understand the Bernoulli's theorem: $\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}u^2+\phi$ is a constant along a streamline I got that: $\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}$ + ($\nabla \times u)\times u$ ...