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

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Is there any solution to the potential flow around a square cylinder?

Potential flow around a circular cylinder is a classic solution. But I am wondering if there is any solution similar to this for the flow past a square cylinder?
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Reynolds Number

We know that the Reynolds Number is $R_e=\frac{\rho vd}{\eta}$ ($\rho$ density, $v$ velocity, $d$ diameter and $\eta$ the viscosity of fluid). We also know that an ideal fluid has no viscosity which ...
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What is a good model for computing water dropping on a surface?

Before introducing my question I would like to outline the fact that I'm a coder, so I can be wrong when using some kind of terminology. What is a good model for computing the flow, the shape and all ...
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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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Free fall of two spheres made of same materials, different masses, with air resistance

Two people falling with the same parachute will gain different speeds if their masses are different. The upward air drag will needed to be bigger for a heavier person, since gravitational force is ...
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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 ...
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Can an extremely small force lift a mountain in a hydraulic system? If not, then why not?

As you see in the picture, a car can be lifted with a small force F1. Here it is shown that 'F1 . A1 = F2 . A2'. What will happen if A1 is of the size of a pin's cross-sectional area. Can a child ...
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How to calculate the effect of roof items on gas mileage?

I have a kayak and a bike. I routinely put them on top of my car and drive 60-70 mph for hundreds of miles. I am curious how much this affects my gas mileage.
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Is viscosity a function of density only?

I know viscosity is also a function of temperature, but (excluding superfluids) are there any fluids which are less viscous than fluids at lower densities? Is density the ultimate control on ...
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Are the hypotheses of the Bernoulli equation satisfied for a bird or airplane wing at low Mach number?

A previous question by David Zaslavsky was a request for a broad, "how things work" type of explanation of the lift of an airfoil. The answers given there are enlightening, but don't address a more ...
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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 ...
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Video or animation for continuity equation in water pipes

I am looking for an animation or even better a video with a real experiment, which shows that at constant flow rate the speed of water in a pipe is higher at narrower parts of a pipe. I googled ...
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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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A question on Bernoulli's principle

Which is more appropriate regarding Bernoulli's principle fast moving air causes low pressure or lower pressure causes fast moving air.
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Is it possible for an object to stop sinking after a while?

Suppose you drop an object into a body of fluid (on a planet with constant gravity). Suppose the fluid is pure (as in, there are no solid granulates or bubbles present in it), and finally suppose that ...
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Flow rate of a syringe

Suppose a syringe (placed horizontally) contains a liquid with the density of water, composed of a barrel and a needle component. The barrel of the syringe has a cross-sectional area of $\alpha~m^2$, ...
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How come milk pours smoothly from a bag?

I have seen the commercial about the new beer can where it is vented by puncturing a whole on the can (air behind water). If you just pour normally with normal cans it will get bottle necked and the ...
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Does blowing bubbles at the front of a ship increase efficiencies?

Would this make an air envelope that the hull could smooth past with less friction?
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Is turbulence due to the inertia of the fluid?

Turbulence is the time-dependent chaotic behavior seen in many fluid flows. Why is it generally believed that turbulence is due to the inertia of the fluid?
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Could you blow up a barrel (closed container) using a straw and water?

Imagine you fill up a barrel with water (or any other liquid) dig a small hole at the top and place a sufficiently large straw in it, so that there is no pressure loss or anything. Then you start to ...
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How do birds generate thrust?

I have been watching this video carefully and I want to know how the wings of birds generate thrust. This is because the wings are more or less flapping up and down --- generating the lift. But I do ...
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What is physics behind of explosion under Atmospheric pressure?

An explosion is a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner. A blast wave in fluid dynamics is the pressure and flow resulting from the deposition of a large amount of energy ...
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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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What's the surface area of a liquid? How does evaporation increase if the surface area of a liquid is increased?

Wikipedia says that a substance that has a larger surface area will evaporate faster, as there are more surface molecules that are able to escape. I think the rate of evaporation should decrease as ...
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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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Does turbulence violate Galilean relativity?

Fluid flows become turbulent beyond a certain velocity. The velocity is almost always with respect to a fixed boundary. However, an observer in a frame of reference travelling with the fluid will also ...
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How to increase flow rate? [closed]

I am coming up with ideas of how to increase grain (corn, soybeans etc,) flow in a tube. My first idea is to have spiral ribs inside of the tube to create a vortex effect that will allow the grain to ...
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Derivation of Archimedes' principle

It is my understanding that upthrust from a liquid on a body is due to pressure difference on the top of the body and the bottom of the body. How, then, is this fact used in order to derive/work out ...
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Can a thrown egg chip (or break) a car windshield?

Is it possible to throw an egg with such speed that a car windshield will chip (just like with stone chips?) I have searched around for existing research in the area and have found that the impact ...
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How much of the energy of a car is required for overcoming air resistance?

How much of the energy of a car is required for overcoming air resistance? For example, assume a car going 65 mph has a mileage of 25 gpm. If all air resistance was eliminated, approximately what ...
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The velocity of the flowing coming out of the balloons?

Last day , when i was working on two interconnected balloons , a question was kicking my brains !!! This is the explanation of the question: First , suppose a system that composed of two spherical ...
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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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Effect of Reynolds number on wake region

For a flow over a smooth sphere, does the wake region increases with increase in Reynolds number? And if so, then why?
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Is the flow in a ducted fan really incompressible?

I have a long duct with a fan in the middle of it. The fan causes a steady airflow in the pipe which is at low speeds (incompressible) the mean flow in the pipe is about 10 m/s. However the fan blades ...
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Why does a minor vertical vibration cause my coffee to spill?

When I walk my kid sometimes I put a cut of coffee in a cupholder attached to the stroller. When I push the stroller over a brick pavement it seems to vibrate vertically. That is enough for the coffee ...
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How much force is required to compress air?

How much force (Newtons) is required to compress normal air in a chamber to 2 atm? For example, if I had a sealed piston pump, how much force would need to be exerted in order for the air to be ...
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Pressure difference between 2 points in an accelerated fluid

Consider a liquid in a tub and this tub is accelerated. And so the liquid will have a slanted surface. I am clear about finding pressure difference between two points in the fluid having same height ...
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Can a very thin sheet of any material float inside a liquid?

When a body is immersed in a liquid,buoyancy is the net force of all the forces acting on it. Now the forces are equivalent to those which will act on the same volume of liquid.Rightly so,but ...
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Boundary between supercritical fluid and gaseous phase

As far as I understand, going around the critical point, it is possible to transform a liquid into a gas without seeing a phase transition. Does this also mean that there is no clear separation ...
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Navier-Stokes - Complete set under turbulent eddy viscosity hypothesis

I'm looking for the complete set (x,y,z component) of the Navier-Stoke equations under the Eddy Viscosity hypothesis to model turbulent fluid flow. I found the following, but I have a really hard ...
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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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Computational Fluid Dynamics methods

I have read some articles about the finite difference method on a cartesian orthogonal grid. I understand how it works when Dirichlet boundary conditions are used, or when Neumann boundary conditions ...
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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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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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Membrane that allows liquid to pass only when forced under pressure

Is it possible to have a membrane that will not let a liquid through it at normal pressures due to gravity, but pass that liquid when substantially pressurised? For instance, a few inches of water ...
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Unclear how heat interacts with Navier Stokes

I am playing around with an Navier stokes solver and I'm having trouble introducing heat. Am I right in thinking this would be introduced in the ${\bf f}$ term of ${\partial{\bf u}\over\partial t} = ...
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Best way to move teaspoon to dissolve sugar in a cup of tea

I know that there is asked questions about something like cooling down cope of coffee..etc, but this one is little different. My friend was watching TV program of English eating etiquette, and they ...
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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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What are the coefficients α, β, and κ in this equation for decompression-induced gas bubble growth?

I am reading a text about gas nuclei I encountered the following formula: $$r = \alpha + \beta \left( \frac{T}{P} \right)^\frac{1}{3} + \kappa \left( \frac{T}{P} \right)^\frac{2}{3}$$ $r$ is 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 ...