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

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How does the Dyson air multiplier fan create negative pressure?

I'm curious as to how the Dyson air multiplier fan works. So far I understand that it creates negative air pressure that causes air behind and around the device to be sucked into the air stream and ...
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Rotating fluid under gravity, fluid dynamics question

An incompressible inviscid fluid is rotating under gravity g with constant angular velocity $\Omega$ about the z-axis, which is vertical, so that $u = (−\Omega y, \Omega x, 0)$ relative to fixed ...
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Clouds in closed hydrosphere

Is possible estimate the needed size of an geodesic dome (like in the Eden project) for creating an real hydrosphere - especially clouds (and rain)? With other words, under what circumstances can ...
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Flame shape and size(length) depending on gravity

How would the shape and size of a flame(from a simple candle for example) depends on the gravity? Suppose all the relevant information is known, like candle dimensions and its chemical composition, ...
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Different locations of a pump in a tube

I'm confused about pumps in fluid dynamics. As far as I understand, the basic effect of a pump which deliver a power $\mathcal{P}$ can be described with modified bernoulli equation between a point $A$...
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Why jets entrain mass?

This very beautiful picture shows a jet of fuel in the combustion chamber of a diesel engine. Does anydody could explain me what is the physical reason that the jet entrains air? Why jets and plumes ...
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Question about propellers

A ship moves forwards because a rotating propeller sends water backwards. The diameter of the propeller is as large as possible because in order to be efficient it must push the the greatest feasible ...
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Normal Modes for Standing Waves in 1-D Acoustic Ducts with Arbitrary (but real) Impedance Jumps

Let's say we have a 1-D duct, such as this: Where $Z_i \equiv \frac{P}{US}$ is the acoustic impedance, L is the length of the duct in question, and S is the area of the cross-section. In general, ...
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Power vs. Speed - Indoor rowing

In the sport of indoor rowing (and probably others) I know that to double your speed you must increase your power output by a factor of eight. I am wondering why this is the case. The indoor rower ...
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Why does the pressure of fluid increase when the diameter of the pipe increases?

Assuming mass flow rate doesn't change and it's a closed system. Why does going from a smaller pipe to a large pipe cause an increase in pressure? What is the kinetic energy converted to as 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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Can solids behave like liquids?

Basically, the more I look at things the more it seems like there's entirely no difference between a liquid and gas, it all just depends on the relative density of what's around it. This being said, ...
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Why are racing catamarans' hulls not teardrop shaped? [closed]

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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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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9-point stencil “equivalent” for advection equation

So I inherited from some people a code that solves the advection-diffusion-reaction equation for a particular system. The original code was first implemented in 1D which worked fine in cartesian ...
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What is the cause for turbulence?

The transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow is usually told interms of Reynolds numbers. The Reynolds number is $Re=UL/\nu$ where $U$ is the speed, $L$ is dimensional length and $\nu$ is the ...
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Cosmology: collisionless vs collisional fluids?

I try to understand the difference between collisionless and collisional fluids in cosmology. My first question is the following. In the context of FLRW cosmology, we suppose that the Universe can ...
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Reynolds number of airfoil in a pipe

As part of a physics high school paper I am writing, I need to build a wind tunnel. As part of my calculations, it appears that Reynolds number is very relevant in aerodynamics (specifically for ...
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Boat Hull Drag in Shallow Water

I paddle several different types of small craft in the ocean and bays near my home. One phenomenon I've observed is beyond my understanding of drag on a narrow displacement hull. When paddling in ...
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Change in radius of a charged bubble

I was thinking about what'd happen to the radius of a bubble, if a charge is uniformly distributed over it. At the beginning, I thought that the bubble would expand, for sure, because of the like-...
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Difference between adsorption and condensation

So I just stumbled across the Wikipedia article on adsorption - and I asked myself, if there is a difference between (physical) adsorption and condensation on a surface? When I look at the water ...
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How do the flow equations relate to the actual situation?

This question might seem silly but I'll try to make it clear. It's a question (I think) about partial differential equations systems in general, but since currently I'm studying fluid mechanics I'll ...
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Gas viscosity at high pressure, high temperature

EDIT 1 PER COMMENTS I am wanting to model nitrogen gas viscosity as a function of pressure and temperature OR learn of an existing equation that models nitrogen viscosity for the pressure and ...
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Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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What is the physical basis of the $\rho \bf{u} \times \bf{\omega}$ force on a fluid vortex line?

In fluid dynamics, the force density on a vortex line is $\bf{f} = \rho \bf{u} \times \bf{\omega}$. In Faber, Fluid Dynamics for Physicists, ch. 4, this is "derived" by analogy with magnetostatics, ...
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The Spinning Log “Perpetual Motion” problem, and my attempt at a solution

So I was introduced to this "perpetual motion" riddle a few weeks ago. The problem goes like this: we all know perpetual motion machines are not possible, but this riddle seems like it should work as ...
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Calculate flow rate of air through a pressurized hole

I was wondering about this: If there is a pressurized container, like a tank of compressed air at some pressure that is greater than the ambient air pressure, and this tank of air has a hole in it, ...
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What is the difference between 'flow' and 'move'?

I just met with a very basic question.(Might even sound silly!) My textbook kinda says(not exactly), 'Whatever flows is a fluid'. That got me wondering because we are creating a whole category of ...
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Question on using Leibniz formula to derive thin-film equation from Navier-Stokes

I actually posted this to math.stackexchange.com a few months ago but never got any answers. I am trying to work through the derivation in this paper by Petr Vita, which derives a thin-film ...
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what is the static pressure in a yield stress fluid?

Suppose I have a tank filled and there is no slip at the walls. If the tank is filled with a Newtonian fluid and is in static equilibrium, we know that the pressure is defined as $p = \rho g z$. But ...
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Gas pressure and centrifugal force

I think about a rotating torus (simplified tire) filled with ideal gas. Mass of gas is $m$ and molar mass is $M$. Pressure in non rotating torus is $p_0$. Temperature is constant $T$. Inner radius of ...
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Vorticity - Paradox

I am having trouble grasping the concept of vorticity. Above is a picture of fluid element under deformation (rotational). Say we ignore the vertical motion, which is $\frac {\partial {v}}{\partial x} ...
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Curvilinear coordinate system around body of revolution

In Boundary-Layer Theory by Schlichting he gives the boundary-layer equations for a body of revolution according to the paper by Boltze$^1$. Unfortunately, this paper is in German. He apparently uses ...
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In the formula for the mass of a drop of water on the end of a tube, is r internal or external radius?

In the formula for the mass $m$ of a drop of water forming on the end of a vertical capillary tube, $$m = \frac{2\pi r \gamma}{g},$$ does $r$ refer to the internal or external radius of the ...
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Can a human body supercavitate to survive water impact?

Inspired by this analysis of a human (OK, Captain America) hitting water feet first at terminal velocity, I'm wondering if supercavitation would be possible and whether it would improve your chances ...
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Viscosity coefficients

I'm using the 2nd edition of "Transport Phenomena" by Bird and Stewart. I am having trouble with one of the equations: $$\tau_{ij} = \sum_k \sum_l \mu_{ijkl} \frac{\partial v_k}{\partial x_l} $$ ...
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What does k denote in this equation?

Recently, I was attempting to compare the rate of flow of different liquids using the formulas given below: $$P = \rho g h$$ $$ \frac{dh}{dt}\varpropto h$$ $$ \frac{dh}{dt} = -k h $$ $$ \frac{dh}{h}...
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The criteria for potential flow theory

I am learning aerodynamics. In this course a potential flow is denoted that a flow in which the rotation is zero everywhere. But the book told me that we can add vortex into a flow field, and we can ...
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Why does cornstarch and water mixed together become solid when put under stress? [duplicate]

Here is one of the many videos on youtube showing how a cornstarch and water mixture can become very hard when put under stress. I haven't found a good explanation of why it behaves the way it does. ...
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Velocity field induced by vortex points along ellipse

I'm investigating the velocity field induced by a continuous distribution of 2D vortex points distributed along an ellipse $\{a\cos\theta,b\sin\theta\}$. I'm interested in the field inside the ellipse,...
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periodic boundary conditions for vortex in a square lattice

I am trying to follow this paper and track the dynamics of vortex motion on a discrete (square) lattice. The idea is to simulate the time evolution of the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation, which reads (...
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Distribution of pressure inside a capsule

How would pressure of an ideal gas be distributed over the inside of a capsule (a cylinder with semi-spheres on the ends)? What about the strain on the material? Is there a general formula for how ...
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CMB anisotropies and tightly coupled limit

Sorry if this is a technical question. I am studying the origin of CMB anisotropies and the tightly coupled limit of the Boltzmann equations. We have a fluid composed of ionized electrons and photons. ...
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Swimming and forces

I was told that the total integral of the stress over the surface of a swimmer (i.e. the total force exerted by the swimmer on the fluid) always vanishes, because there are no external forces applied ...
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Limitations of drag equation

The magnitude of the air resistance for objects with Reynolds numbers greater than 1000 is given by the formula: Why it does not hold for objects with lower Reynolds numbers? Can I use this ...
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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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What would be an appropiate shape for a parachute?

I'm trying to design a parachute that minimizes the descent velocity, but I'm not sure what shape I should use. From what I've read, ellipse-shaped parachutes are too aerodynamic and minimize drag, ...
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Why is there a wave on the water surface when I put something in the water?

We've started doing waves in our physics class, but we're doing things very quickly and the teacher doesn't explain anything. And I don't understand why waves work. I was thinking that when I fill a ...
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What is the shear stress of a fluid?

One book defines the shear stress $\tau$ of a (Newtonian) fluid as $$\tau = \eta \frac{\partial v}{\partial r} $$ where $\eta$ is the viscosity. There is not much context, so I've made some guesses. ...
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Friction between air and a tube

I would like to know how I could estimate the friction caused by air flowing at a speed of 1000 km/h in a tube. The tube could be made out of any material, which makes it possible to calculate, ...