# Tagged Questions

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

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### Physics of how the cochlea isolates frequencies along its length?

Can anyone explain the separation of frequencies along the basilar membrane of the cochlea please? (equations would be nice) I understand it being related to the resistance caused by fluid in the ...
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### Self-made air pump - What does it take to pump up a balloon?

We are building a simple altitude-controlled balloon (idea borrowed from Google Loons). As part of that, we need an air pump to inflate a balloon acting as ballast (which is called a Ballonet in ...
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### Mass flux across a volume

Here mass flux means the mass flow rate, units: kilograms/second This is for a one-dimensional flow Firstly is the reason why the mass flux/ mass flow rate $=$ $\rho(x_1,t)A(x_1,t)u(x_1,t)$ ...
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### Continuity equation in fluid mechanics

The continuity equation in fluid mechanics states that $$\frac{\partial\rho}{\partial t} + \nabla\cdot(ρ\mathbf u)=0$$ Can you explain to me what is the physical meaning of each term of the ...
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### Is the Mass flow rate (Mass flux) a scalar quantity?

Wikipedia states that mass flow rate is a scalar quantity, however Mass Flow Rate= Density x Cross Sectional Area x Velocity and velocity is a vector quantity, so this would imply Mass Flow Rate is ...
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### Rate of Dripping of tube

My original problem was to discover the rate at which leaking taps dripped, and its relation with the tap's size, radius, etc. However, I have no clue how taps work, so I simplified the problem. ...
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### What to measure for cylinder stiffness/compressibility?

I have 2 cylinders made from different polymers. Both cylinders are made to 'accept' the same volume of water. When I fill cylinder 1 it is subjectively stiff while cylinder 2 is subjectively floppy. ...
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### How to calculate liquid pressure regardless of the gravity?

Assume we have a balloon in a tank filled with a liquid , without any gravitational forces: We just know the Temperature, $V_0$ and $V_1$ I want to calculate the pressure exerted from the liquid on ...
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### Where can I find a table for NIST standards on temperature and pressure?

The Wikipedia article Standard conditions for temperature and pressure notes that IUPAC and NIST are two of the most common standards for temperature and pressure in use. Even if I could have gotten ...
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### Why is mass per second constant in the Equation of continuity?

Why should the mass per second be constant in the equation of continuity? Why can't the mass accumulate inside a tube?
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### Walking on water

I was wondering about walking on water. I wonder if we can use surface tension to do this. Lets say I make a pair of shoes in shape which has infinite perimeter (e.g a koch snowflake) with glass. Now ...
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### What will happen to this fan in this situation?

Lets say I have a pipe with a fan at the end of it and it is drawing ambient air from the other end of the pipe. Once I account for some blockages and looking at the fan curve, it was found the ...
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### By what mechanism is lift produced on a rotating cylinder in an inviscid flow?

I am taking some introductory fluid dynamic classes, and have become very confused by the Kutta-Joukowski theorem. One of the conclusions that can be derived by applying Kutta-Joukowski is that a ...
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### Why does a propeller suck in air from the front?

A rotating but fixed propeller sucks in air from the front. What is the cause for this acceleration of air particles? Since propeller blades act like rotating wings, my best guess is that the blades ...
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### Is Magnus effect a corollary of Bernoulli principle?

Magnus effect is commonly explained using Bernoulli principle. However, taking the lift on a rotating cylinder as an example, the velocity difference is caused by the extra work done by the rotating ...
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### Superfluids (meaning, properties)

I am curious as to what a superfluid is? I have seen videos that say that they have zero viscosity, and I know that it means that there is no friction between the layers of the fluid. But what is its ...
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### Microscopic definition of dynamic pressure of fluids

So we have a moving fluid and we know from Bernouli's equation that there is a term called dynamic pressure(not to be confused with the hydrostatic pressure of the fluid). So,what exactly is it and ...
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### What is the difference between high speed water supply and high pressure water supply coming out of a hose?

According to Bernoulli's principle, $P + \frac{1}{2} d v^2 + dgh = constant$ where, P is pressure, d is density of water, v is velocity and h is height. Assuming that height of a plastic pipe is ...
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### Tsunami effects of a nuclear explosion

Sea surface nuclear explosion arouses a tidal wave of water. How does this kind of wave compare to naturally occurring tsunamis? E.g. what would be the potential of a 100KT bomb 100km away the from ...
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### Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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### Practical nozzle question / mass of finger?

A spray bottle i own broke off its compressor tip so i fashioned another one from a rubber tube, a pen lid, an ear plug and a 1 mm radius tube from a computer cleaning duster. The opening of the ...
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### Understanding equation for force acting on stones skipping over water

I think I have a decent conceptual understanding of the forces at work when stones are skipped over water. My question pertains to this equation, $$F = C_L\rho U^2S\sin({\alpha + \beta})$$ which ...
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### Boundary Layer in aerofoil

I want to know how the top and bottom boundary layer interact at the trailing edge of an aerofoil (zero angle of attack) and what happens to the boundary layer after a small distance from the trailing ...
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### What happens to the d/dr term of the continuity equation in cylindrical coordinates?

The derivation of the continuity equation in cyclindrical coordinates should look like this, $$\dfrac{dm_{cv}}{dt}=\sum \dot{m}_{in} - \sum \dot{m}_{out}$$ where  m_{cv} = \rho r \Delta\theta\...
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### Liquid Flow Over Object

When there is a large object in the bottom of the ocean of height h, the surface of the ocean rises by a height less than h. In fact, if the ocean depth >> h, then the surface will rise negligibly. (...
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### 2 different density liquids in space

Lets say you are in deep space with basically zero gravity. You have a ball of water floating in front of you. If you carefully injected that ball with a syringe filled with vegetable oil, what ...
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### Are standing waves in water exact sine waves?

In many physics demonstrations waves in water are used to illustrate principles of standing waves and wave propagation. After such demonstrations, classes tend to move on to basic problems ...
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### Complex potentials in plane polar coordinates - stream function

Determine the stream function and the potential in plane polar coordinates and sketching streamlines. We need to take the value of m=1. I know how to find the stream function and velocity potential, ...
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### Water Waves in the Wake of a Boat

As a boy I noticed that the waves from the wake of my model boat would fan out. If I looked at the end furthest from the boat the front had turned so that it was almost running in the same direction ...
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### Air flow through a hole [closed]

If I drill a hole of 1 cm diameter in each of two opposite window frames of my house, assume that the temperature outside is 0 deg C, the atmospheric pressure is 1020 millibar, wind speed is 10 meter ...
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### The relation between the velocity and the static head

I would like to ask about the Bernoulli's principle: as the principle states, increasing the velocity causes a decrease in the pressure. I made an experiment using a duct and 6 manometers and what I ...
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### Is viscosity simply “slowing down time”?

The Pitch drop experiment has pitch, a fluid with extremely high viscosity, flowing through a funnel. In 85 years, only 9 drops have fallen. Photographs of the drops, however, show an appearance just ...
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### If I accelerate a mass quickly enough through a short distance (i.e. unit step function), would I create wind, sound, and heat?

As far as I know, the movement of air molecules can result in what we call wind, sound, or heat (and maybe some other things I'm not thinking of), depending on the assumptions about its motion. Wind ...
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### Hydro-electric gravity problem - Is there a air-resistance-like force affecting water flow down a mountain making placing hydro-electric ?

Say I have a theoretical mountain with a river starting exactly at the peak. Gravity would act on the water, accelerating it down the mountain. There would also be a force limiting the water's ...
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### How do you calculate/estimate hypersonic leading edge and skin temperatures?

At lower speeds (below Mach 5-ish), stagnation temperature (TAT) is a very accurate proxy for skin temperature. But at mid/high hypersonic speeds (especially in the thin upper atmosphere where mass ...
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### How can Bernoullis be solved without Vectors [duplicate]

Some time ago I asked a question why Dynamic pressure is considered scalar. Why is the dynamic pressure not a vector quantity? This still puzzles me so I hope to give a scenario that doesn't make ...
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### What is the exact difference between diffusion, convection and advection?

I have tried to explore the information but still not very clear on the exact difference between diffusion, convection and advection. Can anyone help me out to clear my concept?
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### Mass flow rate and force on moving disk

If I understood correctly, the force $F$ related to a given mass flow rate $\dot{m}$ through orifice area $A$ (or, say, on a disk of area $A$) is given by Newton's 2nd law of motion - assuming a ...
Poiseuille's law states that the rate of flow of water is proportionate to $r^4$ where $r$ is the radius of the pipe. I don't see why. Intuitively I would expect rate of flow of fluid to vary with \$r^...