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

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Calculational method for determining surface tensions from photograph of menisci?

How can I get from a photograph of a liquid surface to a value for the surface tension.
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Why does water make a liquid film?

Cut a narrow slit in a thin sheet of opaque material. Immerse the sheet in a liquid, such as water. After removing the sheet from the liquid, you will see a liquid film in the slit. The question is: ...
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Bernoulli's equation and reference frames

So I was thinking about this while driving home the other day. I've never been quite clear on why when you drive with the windows down air rushes into your car. I thought this might be explained by ...
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What velocity must an aircraft achieve for its shock wave to transform to plasma?

A follow-up to After what speed air friction starts to heat up an object? I understand there may be technological limitations at present ... but, is it theoretically possible for a body to travel ...
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Boussinesq approximation for the Navier Stokes' equation - discrepancy

In the Navier Stokes' equation: $\rho_0 \left( \frac{\partial v}{\partial t} + v \cdot \nabla v\right) = -\nabla p + \mu \nabla^2 v + \hat{f}$ I included the temperature variation of density as ...
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Trying to link Eulerian and Lagrangian perturbations

I'm trying to make sense of the link between a (linear) Eulerian (i.e., at a given point) and Lagrangian (following a fluid element) perturbation. I will here express not only where I'm stuck, but ...
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By how much will water resistance and upthrust slows down a fully submerged object?

Consider the following example: While running, I do work and I have a certain velocity and acceleration. When I'm in a pool (my feet are touching the bottom), I do the same work but, I have less ...
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When playing the flute, does lip-hole aperture size affect air pressure in the mouth?

I apologize if this is too basic of a question for this forum, but when having arm-chair discussions about the fluid dynamics of flute playing, a friend has said: The lip-hole area together with ...
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Why does central jet velocity of a flute air stream not include aperture size?

Some fellow flutists and I are pretending to be experts at fluid dynamics and reading Patricio Cuadra's thesis on the topic: On page 17, it says: The central speed of the jet $U_j$ at the channel ...
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Particles scattering on fluids: breakdown of the effective continuum description

When does the macroscopic continuum description of a medium like a fluid break down? Say I'm interested in a scattering process of some particles with momentum $p$ and energy $E$ off a fluid of ...
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Is surface of a solid a streamline?

In fluid dynamics, streamlines are defined as line where at each point flow velocity is tangential to the line. Is it correct to say surface of a solid a streamline? On the surface the velocity vector ...
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If there is significant temperature difference between indoor air and outdoor air, will that significantly increase the rate of air exchange?

There would be heat diffusion, of course, but heat diffusion occurs even without the exchange of fluid parcels between each environment. We do know that cold air tends to be denser than warm air, and ...
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Velocity required for Horizontal Rain

Related to my previous question - Change in appearance of liquid drop due to gravity... Ok, I think we all have noticed this practical phenomena (a kind of illusion though)... During rain (while ...
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Finding an equation relating the mass of a blade of a wind turbine to its velocity

I'm writing up my physics coursework and I thought I'd try and find an equation described in the title. This is my attempt: Is it correct?
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Conservation of energy in objects at terminal velocities

In vacuum, object free falling under gravity, the sum of Gravitational Potential Energy(GPE) and Kinetic Energy (KE) is a constant. The GPE is a decreasing side of a quadratic and KE is a increasing ...
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Is flying really easier on smaller scales?

In the book Playing with Planets, the author makes the following argument, pertinent to flying robots of the future: As it is, an important law of physics says that smaller organisms fly much more ...
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Is it possible to travel at precisely the speed of sound?

I've been talking to a friend, and he said that it's impossible to travel at exactly the same speed as the speed of sound is. He argued that it's only possible to break through the sound barrier using ...
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Will the siphoning effect help a system pump water upwards if the water's entry and exit points are at the same height?

I am looking to pump water from a pool up to a roof for solar heating (black plastic tubing) and then back into the pool with the original source water. Does the gravitational force of the water ...
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Do we have viscous force acting between two layers

Frictional force between solids operates even when they do not move with respect to each other. Do we have viscous force acting between two layers even if there is no relative motion?
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Why does bad smell follow people (assuming they are not the source)?

When you are sitting in a room where there is a source of bad smell, such as somebody smoking or some other source of bad smell, it is often a solution to simply move to another spot where bad smell ...
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Did Felix Baumgartner produce a sonic boom during his jump?

I really got to thinking about this. The speed of sound is measured at 761.2 MPH at sea level. But how does this number change as air density decreases? The lack of air density is what allowed his ...
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Solving the Young-Laplace equation for arbitrary axisymmetric geometry

Say I have a non-ellipsoidal soap bubble and I want to numerically analyse the pressure in the inner lobe of this bubble here: The Young Laplace equation gives the pressure difference across a ...
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The equation of a ferrofluid under a magnetic field?

What is the parametric equation guiding the geometry of a ferrofluid under a magnetic field? See also this Wikipedia page. From previous research, Maxwell's Equations and Navier-Stokes Equations were ...
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What equation of state is needed for liquid states?

I'm familiar with the ideal gas law $$PV=nRT$$ but I don't think it applies to liquids like water. If I'm wrong, please correct me! If I'm right, then what equation of state applies to liquids such ...
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Do communicating vessels work when water is moving?

I want to know if the water level equalize in communicating vessels, when in one of the vessels there is a vortex, or any other water movement, and if the level does equalize, what will be the level? ...
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About turbulence modeling

I have some questions about this paper: Lagrangian/Hamiltonian formalism for description of Navier-Stokes fluids. R. J. Becker. Phys. Rev. Lett. 58 no. 14 (1987), pp. 1419-1422. After reading ...
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Beer bottle leftovers pour quickly only after waiting?

Why is it that after pouring a delicious beer from a bottle, I can hold it upside down for several seconds without reward, but if I wait a bit, the remainder presumably settles at the bottom and ...
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Mechanical effects of convective flow in steady-state stagnant film diffusion

When analysing diffusion problems in the context of the simplified film model, two limiting cases are ussually introduced during the solution of the differential chemical species mass balance ...
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Why $\log \rho$ in the continuity equation?

I just saw the continuity equation, in a manuscript, written as $$\frac{\partial \log \rho }{\partial t} + \vec v \cdot \nabla \log \rho= - \nabla \cdot \vec v.$$ Now, just calculating the derivatives ...
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atmospheric phenomenon? What causes condensation trails to converge?

This air plane just caught my eye. Two contrails apparently are flowing backward, slightly off-centered and then ultimately converge, giving the overall shape of a very narrow rhomboid parallelogram, ...
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Validity of the Multi-Species Navier-Stokes Equations for real gases

I'm wondering what are the validity limits of Multi-Species Navier-Stokes equations. I'm aware of the limit for rarefied gases. But is there any new limit that arises in the context of real gases? I ...
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Is supercritical CO$_2$ a newtonian fluid?

Is supercritical CO$_2$ a newtonian fluid? I can't seem to find any articles describing the stress-strain relationship for carbon-dioxide in a supercritical state (high temperature/pressure ...
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Venturi in nozzle of water jet

I am trying to understand a waterjet system for maneuvering boats from a physics perspective. (See Marine Holland Parts if you are interested.) The system uses venturis in the nozzles. My question is ...
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propeller flying physics for the layman

I'm starting a (quad?)copter build, and i can find plenty of knowledge about stabilizing the craft and things related to gyroscopy. but there's absolutely zero information on things that help me ...
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Why water is not superfluid?

My question is in the title. I do not really understand why water is not a superfluid. Maybe I make a mistake but the fact that water is not suprfluid comes from the fact that the elementary ...
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Earth-Moon orbiting each other after being engulfed by Red Giant

Recently some exoplanets were discovered which are thought to be the leftover cores of giant planets that had survived a star becoming a Red Giant and then shrinking back to a subdwarf. If giant ...
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Train motion… Push or Pull?

While arguing against my friend today about the turbulence appearing between train's wheels. I told that the train pushes air aside during its motion through the tracks. But, he rejected it. Then, ...
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Liquid analog of the Black Hole (Part 2)

Similar question has been asked but did no get good answers. We know that black hole can confine light, but can we create an ocean black hole - which can confine surface water waves or sound waves in ...
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What is the angle at which water is splashed when a vehicle tyre rides in water on the road?

I would like to know the following: What is the angle at which water gets splashed when I ride my vehicle through a water on the road? How does angle of water varies with speed? What is the relation ...
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In the classic viscosity definition, why does doubling the plate gap cause the force to halve (intuitive)?

I am puzzled by an artifact of the definition of viscosity and need an intuitive picture to help explain it. I know $\tau_{yx}=-\mu{dv_x \over dy}$ but I am looking for an intuitive picture of the ...
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Why does letting air into a box of wine help the flow?

I've notied that when I get down to the last part of a box of wine, the flow slows to a trickle. If I open the nozzle, tilt the box back (letting air gurgle into the bladder) and then tilt it back ...
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Ratio of horizontal to vertical kinetic energy in ocean

What is the ratio between horizontal and vertical kinetic energy in the ocean and what is the scale dependencies of this ratio ?
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Does water need to pumped up from deep ocean?

OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) utilizes the temperature gradient between cold deep ocean water, and warmer water to do work. I understand the pressure in the depths may be as high as a couple ...
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Mass loss rate of planetary nebulae

The “interacting wind” model of planetary nebulae is based on the idea that the white dwarf phase of stellar evolution is preceded by a red giant phase. A fast wind from the hot white dwarf overtakes ...
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Bernoulli equation from energy conservation

I have derived the energy conservation equation: \begin{equation} \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \left [ \frac{1}{2} \rho v^2 + \varepsilon + \rho \phi \right ] + \frac{\partial}{\partial x_j} \left [ ...
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Why does a transformation to a rotating reference frame NOT break temporal scale invariance?

Naively, I thought that transforming a scale invariant equation (such as the Navier-Stokes equations for example) to a rotating reference frame (for example the rotating earth) would break the ...
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Are there dedicated instruments to measurethe viscosity of shear thinning liquids?

Googling around for ways to measure the viscosities of shear thinning liquids, it seems to me that most of the time viscometers are used at different settings to measure different apparent ...
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What does 'energy dissipation' in the description of the Kolmogorov Microscales in fluid dynamics mean?

I've asked about microscales before, and thinking more about the problem turned up more basic questions. Consider the length scale of a microscale: $$ \eta = ...
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At same level do these two pipe lines give same pressure of water?

Provided that the two pipe lines are of same length, same material and in the same level, is the water pressure in both the layouts same or different? PS: In 1st pipeline the turns are not ...
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Fluid Dynamics - Water Bottle Drink Mix: Air or No Air?

If you take an ordinary sized plastic water bottle full of water and pour a packet of powdered (or liquid) drink mix into it, Will shaking the bottle with the cap screwed on to dissolve the mix into ...