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

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Is there something like the Poynting vector for hydraulic circuits?

The Poynting vector is a representation of the energy flux in electromagnetics, showing the amount and direction of power flow at different points in space. In electric circuits, the energy is not ...
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Constant velocity in siphon?

I was recently reading the explanation for the behaviour of a siphon on Wikipedia, which uses Bernoulli's equation in its proof. The argument is generally pretty easy to follow, except for one key ...
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Can you please help with our water tank and spray system?

For our design project we are working with a client in Wisconsin to help them remove snow from their roof-mounted solar panels in the winter. We are designing a system to spray water a vertical ...
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Timber floating in the river

There's an old puzzle (but the physical it is): Lumberjack chop wood and float it down the river. He noticed an interesting feature: in the spring, when the water is comming, timber is nailed to the ...
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Why doesn't water come out of tap/faucet at high pressure when I turn it on?

(tap=faucet) When I turn a tap on full and then put my thumb over the spout covering, say, 90% of it, then the water spurts out. If I turn it on to, say 10%, then the water dribbles out. What's the ...
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What formulae for calculating fluid pressure change involves these parameters? [closed]

Okay... this is a bit desperate... I am reverse engineering an excel program that is used for calculating outputs for a pressure vessel used for industrial process fluid heating. There is a part in ...
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Is the static gauge pressure of a free jet always atmospheric?

Let's say I have a free jet of air leaving a pipe into the atmosphere. I know that the static gauge pressure at the pipe exit is equal to the atmospheric. But what about the static gauge pressure 10 ...
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Is the pressure at the outer hole on a pitot static tube equal to atmospheric pressure?

I'm looking at a pitot static tube question right now and I just need some clarification. There is the outer hole on the pitot static tube, not the hole that the air stream goes through, but the other ...
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How do I determine where the maximum air velocity around an object is?

I have a freestream of air directed at an object. Is there a way to find where the maximum air velcoty occurs with only having initial air speed and static pressure at the object?
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What's the meaning of a pressure coefficient in fluid mechanics?

I have a jet of air leaving a contraction from a pressurized tank at a velocity of 28.8 m/s and it's being directed towards a small object equipped with static pressure holes on its surface that give ...
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At what size will self-gravitation contribute more to stability than surface tension?

The governments of Earth have embarked on an experiment to place a massive ball of water in orbit. (umm... special water that doesn't freeze) Imagine this to be a fluid with a given density, $\rho$ ...
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Clarification of equilibrium expression for upside down can in water

Let's say I initially have an open, empty, soda can. I then turn it over and lower it into a bowl of water, and then release it. Obviously water rises to some level in the cup and then there is air at ...
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Fluid Dynamics: Bernoulli Air Tunnel

I have the following question as part of a lab intro to explain the more complicated stuff I'l actually have to submit in the lab. I put all the questions here just to show my thought pattern/what ...
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Free Body Diagram of Fluid Statics Problem

I need help determining the forces, and the direction of them in this fluid statics problem. A hollow cylinder with closed ends is 300mm in diameter and 450mm tall. It has a mass of 27kg and a tiny ...
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Water and superconductors

If you have seen my previous questions then this may make better sense. If you put an insanely powerful superconducter on the outside layer of a ROV that is underwater, would it form an outer layer ...
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Tear drop shape

i heard that a tear drop shap is the most aerodynamic shape possible or the best is this true? If this isn't true what is since i need to make a fast ROV? Also since i need to have a propeller to ...
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can Superconductivity be used to repel water?

Can water be repeled with the force from superconductivity gathering current on the surface cuased by Faraday law of induction? I'm trying to make a ROV that can run underwater that uses ...
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Superconductors and electrical fields

I have been looking around to figure out how superconductors are made. What ways are there to create a superconductor that don't involve a coolant like liquid nitrogen? Is it possible to cause a ...
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Air flow coming out of a fan feels much stronger than air flow coming in. Why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is exhaling more forceful than inhaling? If I put my hand behind my computer's system block, I can feel a very strong flux of air coming out, as it is being pushed ...
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What is the formula for the glug point?

When you pour water out of a bottle, normally you have a smooth stream. However, if you pour it too fast it glugs, which is to say, comes out in quantized bursts. What is the formula for calculating ...
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Air drag coefficient value

Is there any equation that calculates the $C_d$ value in the formula of air drag ? $$F_d = \rho C_d v^2 A$$ I have found that there are tables for this constant but I am looking for the equation that ...
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How does a table fan work?

In a table fan, the blades move around in circular way and we feel air/wind when sitting on front of it. How does this happen?
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Vertical Motion in Air + Density [closed]

I am having trouble with this confusing question. Please help. The fastest recorded skydive was by an Air Force officer who jumped from a helium balloon at an elevation of 103000 ft, three times ...
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Analogue of Princeton Companion to Mathematics for Physics?

I would like to know if there are compendiums much like the Princeton Companion to Mathematics for physics (especially classical physics: fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, Hamiltonian formalism of ...
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Have we figured out how to analyze turbulent fluids?

I was surprised to read that we don't know how to analyze turbulent fluids. On page 3-9 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Volume One), Feynman writes: Finally, there is a physical problem that ...
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Surface Tension of a Liquid - When a liquid body is acclerating

As far as I understand it (which admittedly isn't very far), surface tension forces are made up by the tension-attractive forces of molecules at the liquid-gas/vacuum interface, such as those between ...
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What can wavy patterned sand tell about the Fluid that formed it?

Sand on the bottom of the ocean as well as sand on the low-tide beach often forms wavy patterns. Do the parameters of these wavy patterns have any relation to the water and waves that formed them? If ...
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Jupiter: Zonal Jets in opposite directions

I recently read that the Great Red Spot arises from the shear instability of zonal flow from zonal jets travelling in opposite directions. Is there any reason why such zonal jets travel in opposite ...
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Flow behind a plate causes pressure drop?

I've done an experiment where we direct an air jet from a fan onto a set of electronic scales. By measuring the velocity of the air jet at the exit of the fan nozzle, and applying the conservation of ...
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Fluid Mechanics Problem - Ball in Reservoir

I'm having a problem starting and solving the following problem: My attempt at the solution was to realize you need to balance the upward forces with those of the downward forces in which case you ...
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Water under high pressure

If you were to sink a container to the bottom of a deep ocean and seal it there, then bring it up to the surface, would it retain its pressure? The answer for a gas is obviously yes, but what about ...
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Behaviour of liquid in vaccume

Is it possible for a liquid to exist in a high quality vacuume? For example, a few Torr. If so what are the methods for doing this?
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Why does the fundamental mode of a recorder disappear when you blow harder?

I have a simple recorder, like this: When I cover all the holes and blow gently, it blows at about 550 Hz, but when I blow more forcefully, it jumps an octave and blows 1100 Hz. What's the ...
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Fluid Mechanics from a variational principle

It is posible to define a good variational principle to describe Fluid Mechanics? if so, wath is the correct tratement of the issue. I guess something like: $I=\int d^4x (\frac{1}{2}\rho v^2-P-\rho g ...
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Given a terrain, how to draw the stream flow path?

Assuming I have a terrain, as usual the terrain has ridges, creeks and all the characteristics that you can find on a real life map. Water flows from the top of the mountain into lower area, the path ...
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Surface tension of solutions and mixtures

The inspiration for this question is over on cooking.stackexchange, asking more about actual measurements for commonly consumed liquids, but I'm interested more generally as well. What determines the ...
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Is the wind's force on a stationary object proportional to $v^2$?

I am on a boat docked at Cape Charles, VA, about 30 or 40 miles from the center of Hurricane Irene. This understandably got me thinking about the force of wind on the boat. Since air friction is ...
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Streamlines & Pathlines Problem

I have a 2D flow velocity field $\bar{V} = y^2\hat{i} + 2\hat{j}$. I'd like to find the equations for the streamlines and pathlines. Since $\bar{V}$ has 0 time derivative, the flow is steady, and so ...
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Filtering and extracting turbulent data from instantaneous dataset

I have collected data on flow velocity at 1 Hz sampling rate for 25 hours using a high resolution acoustic Doppler current profiler (HR-ADCP). how I can decide up to which period is the mean ...
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pressure exerted by fluid

If I had a flexible tube sealed at both ends and I submerged it in water (held vertical) Would the bottom half of the tube compress and the top half expand? What would the pressure in the tube be? Say ...
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Spin-up time for fluid in an open cylinder with no endwalls?

I'm interested in how quickly (if at all) the fluid in an open cylinder would reach solid-body rotation if the cylinder is suspended vertically in an unbounded fluid. I've found plenty of work that ...
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What does the quantification of causes and effect look like, for clouds in offshore wind turbine wakes?

At Horns Rev windfarm off the coast of Denmark, sometimes in winter, clouds appears in the wake of the turbines. I've only seen photos of the phenomenon when the wind direction is exactly aligned with ...
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Can I measure the Reynolds number or the heat transfer coefficient

Suppose I have a flow of hot air around a cold and unevenly shaped object with holes and tunnels (think about it as a bed packed with some objects). I would like to know the Reynolds number of this ...
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Pressing a fluid through leaks

Say I have a cylindrical container of some volume $V$, that I fill with water or some other fluid with dynamic viscosity $\mu$. Here, the bottom of the container is milled such that some fraction, ...
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Physical Explanation for “Kolmogorov -5/3 spectrum” in Fluid Mechanics

According to Kolmogorov, the energy spectrum function of a turbulent fluid is given as, $E(k)=C\epsilon^{\frac{2}{3}}k^{\frac{-5}{3}}$ where $\epsilon$ is the energy flux and $k=\frac{2\pi}{r}$ ...
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Autocorrelation of sound in liquids vs gas

This is just a curiosity and you need to bear with me as my math skills were always sub-par and so is my English academic language. My specialty is Electronics but I have always been a programmer. ...
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Friction term in Navier-Stokes equation

The friction term in Navier-Stokes equation assumes that the viscosity coefficients are the same for the longitudinal and transverse directions. This doesn't seem intuitive, because the former is ...
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How does a hole's size affect the distance that water will squirt

I took a bucket, drilled 2 different sized holes on the side near the bottom and filled it with water. The stream of water the proceeded from the larger hole traveled further than the stream from the ...
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I noticed today that it is easier to open a soda bottle(standard 20 oz) upside-down, why is this?

Am I correct in assuming it is the weight of all that liquid + gravity?
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Why isn't pressure used for flight?

Why isn't pressure used as flight? I've heard that 2L bottles can hold a pressure of up to 90 PSI safely. Since $F = PA$, if the nozzle of a pressure rocket is about 4 inches squared in area, that ...