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

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Why is oil more slippery than water? [duplicate]

It is very well known that the higher the viscosity the higher the resistance offered. But why do we slip more on oil as compared with water even if oil has higher viscosity than water?
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How does shape affect fluid flow for a given section area?

I'm a designer and I have no background in physics and have almost no understanding of fluid behavior. I've been asked to change the dimensions of a reflection chamber on a lab spectrometer. A tube ...
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Heat transfer in solidification of cylindrical billet

I am trying to plot IN MATLAB the temperature profile of solidification of metal in manufacture of cylindrical billets. The metal is solidifying and the billet moves downwards as a constant water ...
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How to calculate fluid(oil / hydrocarbon) loss under pressure

I'm trying to calculate the amount of fluid that would flow through an area dependant on the amount of pressure that there is. I'd also like to know the rate at which it would flow. Essentially I ...
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What would be the optimal diameter of gold grains if you want to fill a pool with them and swim in it?

I was wondering, if I were to fill a pool with gold/gold dust, what would be the optimal diameter of the grains to minimalize the friction to a point at which you would be able to swim in it ((and if ...
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Which came first, the Crest or the Trough?

We were dealing with 'Interference of light' the other day in class, and our teacher mentioned the 'ripples in water' scenario......and well, that [and not interference in particular] became the bone ...
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Inlet with variable pressure profile

This is the first time for me here. Consider a pipe with inlet and outlet. This outlet is open to atmosphere. In CFD we can set inlet having variable velocity profile (e.x. parabolic profile) and I ...
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Why does saliva on the finger give correct direction of wind?

When we lick a finger and put it up in the air, the side that is cooled is the one facing the direction from which the wind is blowing. But consider this, if we take a cross section of the finger, ie ...
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Does surface tension attenuate turbulence?

Rapids and several other "white water" systems could be typical examples of turbulent motion. To describe such flows the Navier-Stokes equations must be extended by terms describing the surface ...
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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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Submerged water jet

I am trying to calculate at what pressure and speed water from a high pressure water jet will hit an object 100 millimeters away from the nozzle opening, but i can't figure it out. The nozzle will ...
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How to popularly describe typical features of a “non-linear system”

To quote Physics.SE tag definition: The term non-linear or nonlinear has several definitions but is generally used to describe a system that cannot be approximated by a superposition principle or ...
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Is the force exerted by the container on the fluid and the force exerted by the liquid on the container equal?

I came across a question where i was asked to find the force exerted by the walls of a frustum shaped bucket on a liquid inside it . I found the force exerted by the liquid on the walls of the bucket ...
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Liquid column “recoils” in a sealed cylinder when hit by a piston — is it possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...
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Rotating droplet of liquid

I'm interested in the fluid dynamics of a spherical droplet of liquid whose surface is forced to rotate at a constant velocity. I'm interested in either steady-state solutions (the internal flow ...
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What is the physical fundamentals of Pascal's law

Pascal's law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal's Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible ...
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If the surface tension is reduced to half(say by using a surfactant), what would be the effect on the size of an air bubble in the liquid

If I reduce the surface tension to half of the original value, what would be the effect on the size of an air bubble in the fluid? What would be the effect on buoyancy and drag forces? Also, if I ...
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Silicone tube with three holes, flow rate, pressure

I have a silicone tube -- a saline solution flows in from one end, and then flows out of three holes of equal diameter and equal distance from each other that are along the side of the tube. What can ...
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Ball Rotating in Place Under Waterfall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khf6koh3IO8 Can anyone help me explain this? It seems like the ball should shoot out from underneath. I have two main theories. 1) Bernoulli's Principle says that the ...
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How much pressure would I lose on one side?

The equation for the gas flow rate (in pressure*volume/time units) $$ Q = {kA\over d} (p_1-p_2) $$ where $A$ is the surface area, $d$ the wall thickness, $p_{1,2}$ the pressures on either side of the ...
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Sound level of organ pipe driven by helium

The sound pressure level of an organ pipe is a function of the gas flow rate delivered to the pipe. Source Would the sound level of an organ pipe driven by helium be lower than that of a pipe driven ...
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Working out Stokes' law [migrated]

A couple of weeks ago my professor gave me a paper on Stokes' law and how to derive it from the equations of motion and continuity. (http://www.ux.uis.no/~finjord/pdf/flu/stokes.pdf) In one of the ...
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DPD weight function

I was wondering about the connection between the weight function of the random force and the conservative force between DPD particles in a standard DPD simulation. Both usually have the form [Groot ...
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What happen when you stir a cup of coffe?

I have a cup of coffe, i add sugar to it and then i stir it. Why the flavor is homogeneous in all the liquid? I would expect to see the distribution of sugar following lines arround the fluid and not ...
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Sound wave dissipation near a solid body

In this answer to a Physics.SE question I found the following intriguing comment: Under typical conditions the sound absorption length is quite long, and not that much heat is produced. A more ...
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What is the total velocity/force on a particle in fluid?

I am now facing a fluid-particle interaction problem. I would like to simulate particle motion in a fluid. I do know the external force acting on a particle (dielectrophoretic force in this case) ...
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Can more than one vortex form around a bathtub drain and what determines position?

I don't think I have ever seen more than one "vortex" or whatever you call the tornado-like helical thing that forms when water is draining from a tub. Is the position a function of the shape of the ...
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Application of Stoke's Law

I was looking at Stoke's law and it says that you use it to calculate the drag force on a sphere passing through a fluid. Can i also use this equation to calculate the drag force on a car going ...
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Wind Flow Simuation Equation

I have a data that contains pressure measurements in difference locations. Now i want to do wind flow simulation based on the pressure difference between these places. The problem is i want to do this ...
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Fluid dynamics tsunami

I have been given a energy head (pressure) in meters for a given tsunami on land. If the tsunami hits a wall 1 meter by 1 meter, is it possible to calculate the height it will reach. I am thinking it ...
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Gradient identity for streamlines

I am studying a 2D flow and I have a resource telling me that the following holds true for streamlines in general. Let $f$ be the density of the flow, and suppose there exists a unique streamline ...
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Solve unsteady state Bernoulli equation for flow in a pipe

I am an engineer studying an unsteady-state flow through a pipe. The Pipeline has been cleanly cut into two halves, without deforming the cylindrical form of the pipe, exposing the contents to ...
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Maximum hole size to stop a fluid passing through a solid

In a previous question, the following is answered in a general sense: Assume I have a inverse cone which holds 200ml water. I am going to cut the tip of the cone to create a small hole. How to ...
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Are there any liquids with zero surface tension?

Having read the Wikipedia page on superfluids I'm still not sure if stuff like liquid helium at the lambda point actually have surface tension or not. Is superfluidity the same thing? And are there ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for transport equations

I have to calculate the transport coefficients for the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. But I'm not sure what distribution I have to use. As far as I know it should not be the MB distribution for $v$-...
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Pipe in a flowing river problem

I'm working on a certain problem in fluid mechanics, which isn't really my strongest area. The problem is as follows: Curved pipe is partially submerged in a flowing river so that one end is pointing ...
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Equal transit time fallacy and Newton's laws of motion

I've seen the equal transit time theory being used to explain aerodynamic lift [basis is Bernoulli's principle] several times. However recently I've been told that there is NO physical compulsion for ...
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Is the flow of a viscous fluid in free space under no pressure gradient always laminar?

Consider a (Newtonian) incompressible viscous fluid in three spatial dimensions, whose velocity field $\mathbb{v}=\mathbb{v}(x,y,z,t)$ moves according to the Navier-Stokes equations $$\tag{1}\label{...
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Pressure change with a pipe diameter change

I have a question regarding a water line from the street to a house. What happens to the pressure in a water line if it goes from a 1" diameter pipe (at street) and increases to a 1.5" diameter pipe ...
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Isothermal compression

What happens when you have gas on a channel with volume V* and p* at atmospheric pressure in an isothermal process and then at time t=0 water acting as a piston is used with a rapid change in pressure ...
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Bernoulli's Equation for flow of gas and changing area

My task is to determine the size of piping needed in a system. In this system, hydrogen gas flows horizontally in a $\frac{3}{4}\,\mathrm{inch}$ pipe and into a vertical pipe of a larger diameter. My ...
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Static vs Dynamic pressure

According to Bernoulli's law, the narrower the tube where the fluid is flowing the lower its static pressure and the higher its dynamic pressure. Does this make any difference? If the dynamic pressure ...
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Boundary layer equation

I was trying to understand the derivation of the boundary layer equations at p.145 of http://www.unimasr.net/ums/upload/files/2012/Sep/UniMasr.com_919e27ecea47b46d74dd7e268097b653.pdf. : the ...
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How to pour water from a bottle as fast as possible

When one pours water out of a bottle, it first flows smoothly but then a pressure 'blockage' develops and the pouring becomes interrupted and turbulent, so that the water comes out in splashes. This ...
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Why does the parallel component of the velocity gradient affect viscous force in a fluid?

The force density due to viscosity in an incompressible fluid is $-\mu \nabla^2 \mathbf{u}$ where $\mathbf{u}$ is the velocity and $\mu$ is the dynamic viscosity. Let's suppose some particular small ...
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Concentration change due to different pumping efficiency

I send a mixture of two gases (5% (v/v) initial concentration) into a chamber. The chamber is pumped to a low pressure, but the efficiency of the pumping for both gases is not the same (because of ...
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Fourier transform of a fluids kinetic energy equation

I'm currently looking at the 2D equations for a fluid and want to examine the kinetic energy equation in Fourier space. I start with the equation for momentum $$ \frac{\partial\textbf{u}}{\partial t} ...
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How does the dissolution of salt affect the solution density?

Suppose you have a container of water as a solvent and you a certain amount of salt as a solute sitting at the bottom of the container that has yet to start dissolving. Supposing temperature and ...
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A few questions related to bernoullis principle & fluid dynamics in a pipe

I've been struggling with a few things as i've been introduced to bernoulli's principle, hopefully someone can help me clear things up(in somewhat plain, easy to understand language) In the examples ...
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Fluid speed and fluid density

How does fluid density affect fluid speed? Basically I am trying to figure out if, with all other quantities remaining constant, would an increase in fluid density cause the fluid speed to increase/...