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

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What really allows airplanes to fly?

What aerodynamic effects actually contribute to producing the lift on an airplane? I know there's a common belief that lift comes from the Bernoulli effect, where air moving over the wings is at ...
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How much effect does the Bernoulli effect have on lift?

I understand that the Bernoulli effect is a flawed explanation for the cause of lift, and does not cause much at all, but how much? Is there any experimental data on the force caused by the ...
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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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Does the definition of compressibility depend on the frame of reference?

According to many authors, a fluid is defined to be incompressible if the material derivative of the density $\frac{D\rho}{Dt}$ is zero, that is to say, that in an frame of reference following the ...
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Would opening a car door at high speed change the path of the car? [closed]

If I were to open a standard, four door, four wheel, car on the highway, would the door swing open and possibly tear off? Would the drag that it creates 'reroute' the car (turn it to the direction of ...
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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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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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Kolmogorov/Energy spectrum for turbulent boundary layer

Previously, I have calculated energy spectrum for 3D isotropic turbulent flow data which is equally spaced in all three directions and then to compute the energy spectrum, one performs Fourier ...
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Anti-centrifugal force? [duplicate]

I put some balls (denser than water) in a bucket. I took a stirring rod, and swirled the water in one direction. The water became low in the middle, and high along the edges (centrifugal force). But ...
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Can I move an oil tanker?

Let's say that I'm standing at the edge of a basin made of concrete. This basin is filled with salt water and a ship floats on the water close to the edge of the basin. The ship is neither anchored ...
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Why is raindrop spherical in shape? [duplicate]

As the topic suggests why the raindrop is spherical in shape? Why it is not triangular or bipyramidal or tetrahedral? Is centre of mass or density of water related to it?
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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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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, V0 and V1 I want to calculate the pressure exerted from the liquid on the ...
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Conservation of Mometum in integral form

Water is pumped from one reservoir into a another. The pipe expands after a lenght of $L/2$ to a diameter of $d$. Given: $\dot{V}_p, \rho_w, d, \eta, L, p_p$ The previos tasks allowed ...
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Is there a way to fill Tank 2 from Tank 1 through Gravity alone?

I am a newbie in water system design but I am currently faced with the exact situation below on my land, and I need to know whether gravity alone is sufficient in order to fill Tank 2 from Tank 1, as ...
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Why does a continuous water stream form ripples when colliding with a surface?

I was in the shower one day washing my hair, and noticed that the water falling off my hair formed perfect streams that ceased to break into droplets for quiet some distance (probably about 5-6 cm). ...
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How does a sonic black hole (or dumb hole) work?

I came across this term and I heard they used sonic black holes to detect something analogous to hawking radiation, but I have failed to find sources which explain how exactly they work and how they ...
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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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Navier-Stokes system

I have to study this system which name is Navier-Stokes. Can you explain please what means that $p$, $u$ and $(u \cdot \nabla)u$. What represents in reality? Tell me please, how should I read the ...
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What is the body force in the Navier Stokes Equations?

The incompressible Navier Stokes equations are: $\rho(\frac{\partial v_i}{\partial t} + v_j\frac{\partial v_i}{\partial x_j}) = -\frac{\partial p}{\partial x_i} + \mu\frac{\partial^2 u_i}{\partial ...
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Finding Surface Tension of water at certain Temperature and Pressure

The question is: Using the Young-Laplace Equation (if applicable), find the surface tension (dynes/cm) for water at 20 degrees Celsius with 2.5 psi. Round to the nearest tenth. ...
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Hard Drive Air Bearing Questions [closed]

I have a few questions related to the physics of the air bearing and head movement in a hard drive. What is the origin of the air bearing between the spinning platters and the head? Is it air ...
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Why are mass flow rates found using Venturi meter and pitot tube different?

Regarding an experiment to find the mass flow rate of a fluid (air) using a venturi meter and a pitot tube: What could be the cause of a variance in results obtained using the 2 instruments mentioned? ...
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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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Why do nuclear bombs make a mushroom?

Atomic bombs make mushroom. It's well-known and we've seen many images of atomic experiments around the world. My question is, what causes the mushroom shape? Do conventional explosives like TNT and ...
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Adding fluctuations to a hydrodynamic simulation to trigger instabilities

I'm doing a 2D combustion hydrodynamic simulation and there's a hydrodynamic instability that should be triggered because of the particular physical properties of my system. The key to the instability ...
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Vacuum pressure equivalent in a siphon hose filled with water?

So, I was thinking about how siphons worked today, and no matter how high or low the tube goes, as long as the end is lower than the start, water will flow. So, if you took a hose, ran it up 50 ...
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On deriving a fluid flow pressure drop model using either physical theory or empirical methods

I'm trying to derive a model from physical principles of fluid flow, a simple quadratic model that tends to well fit actual pressure-flow data. For (real) subsonic air flow (ideally adiabatic) ...
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Good book for learning fluid statistics

I'm currently using Gray and Gubbins Theory of Molecular Fluids to learn about the statistical physics of fluids. It may be a fine reference text, but I'm not impressed with it as an introduction to ...
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Force needed to push a syringe plunger: does one add force associated with downstream back-pressure to frictional plunger force?

I am trying to figure out how much force $F$ is needed to push a syringe plunger. The plunger needs to overcome the friction force $F_1$ and (a much smaller) inertia force $F_2=ma$, giving the total ...
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Thermodynamics about turbines

1.A turbine is rated at 650 hp when the flow of water through it is 0.85 m3/sec. Assuming an efficiency of 84%, what is the head acting on the turbine.
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Pressure in Fluids,in particular horizontal pressure

I am not sure about the pressure existing in fluids.If the vertical pressure acts due to gravity and the atmospheric pressure since it also changes due to height also acts due to gravity then why is ...
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Pressure loss in a syringe

I'm currently working on a problem which is really giving me some issues. The problem concerns the force required to expel water from a syringe. We have a 20 ml syringe (which is $2\times10^{-5}$ ...
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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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Velocity profile of a viscously damped wave

For a test case, I want to determine the velocity profile of a viscously damped standing wave. By linearizing the density ($\rho=\rho_0+\rho'$) and velocity ($ux=ux'$), the continuity and ...
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Shape of water jet

Suppose you are shooting a water jet in a vacuum vertically onto a flat plate in a gravity-less room. The jet makes a right angle to the plate and water is assumed to be incompressible. The mass ...
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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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How does a hollow-point bullet move smoothly through the air, presenting a 'cup-shaped' nose instead of an actual sharp-point to the fluid?

Hollow-point rounds move smoothly through the air when presenting a 'hollow cup-shape' instead of a traditional 'sharp point' to the fluid air. Does this mean the air trapped, and at some assumed ...
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Convective boundary condition

Consider a fluid over a sheet which is placed horizontally along the x-axis. The lower face of the sheet is in contact with another fluid at temperature $T_f$ ( it is heating the sheet). The sheet is ...
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Euler equation: momentum conservation in terms of enthalpy?

So I stumbled upon this equation: $\frac{\partial h v}{\partial t}= - \nabla(hv \cdot v)- \nabla P$ where $h$ is enthalpy, $v$ is fluid velocity, $t$ time, and $P$ pressure. It seems to have the ...
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meteorite-like impact of a drop of yogurt

When I throw a drop of Yogurt (through spoon) into a dish of Yogurt, it caused something like a meteor hitting the earth and something occurs similar to the place a meteor hitting the earth(Barringer ...
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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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Perfect fluid and Cauchy momentum equation

The stress-energy tensor of a perfect fluid is given by $$T^{\mu\nu}=\left(\rho+pc^{-2}\right)u^\mu u^\nu+pg^{\mu\nu}$$ The divergence of the stress-energy tensor is zero: $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$. ...
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Rayleigh-Taylor Instability dependence on acceleration direction

I'm trying to bolster my understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and I've gotten stuck on the point of which fluid (more or less dense) is being accelerated into the other. Cases of uniform ...
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What is the meaning of the point of inflection in this?

Consider the following flow velocity profiles near a boundary, and the boundary profile point of inflection,PI Regarding the effect of pressure gradient on boundary-layer profiles does the point of ...
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Why are Navier-Stokes equations needed?

Can't we picture air or water molecules individually? Then, why are Navier-Stokes equations needed, after all? Can't we just aggregate individual ones? Or is it computationally difficult, or ...
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Is a convergent-divergent nozzle a perpetual motion machine of the second kind?

As answered in this question, a convergent-divergent nozzle (de Laval nozzle) accelerates a gas flow by converting its heat energy into kinetic energy. My intuition says that this violates the second ...
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Will a gas rotate as fast as the spherical container it is contained within?

Let's say I have a sealed spherical glass container 30 cm in diameter which contains plain air. The glass container is rotated about its axis at 1 revolution per minute. My question is, would the gas ...
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Why is the Reynolds number “the way it is?” Why is its order the way it is?

Why is the Reynolds number “the way it is?” Why is its order the way it is? I'm not sure if this is an appropriate question for this context, but I would like more intuition on this matter and so ...
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Can a nozzle increase the thrust of a water rocket?

First of all, what is the correct equation to determine the thrust produced by a water rocket? $$ F_T = \dot{m} V_e \tag{1} $$ $$ F_T = \dot{m} V_e + (p_e - p_0)A_e \tag{2} $$ Using the first ...