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

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How do ceiling fans cool or heat?

Why does a ceiling fan blowing air downward cool in the summertime: whereas a ceiling fan sucking air upwards heats in the wintertime: ? Why isn't it the other way around?
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Three-dimensional centrifugal instability and the Rayleigh critertion

Lord Rayliegh postulated that for a two-dimensional symmetric swirling flow, a three-dimensional instability may occur if the angular momentum magnitude decreases in the radial direction with respect ...
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Rotational and irrotational flow

Can a rotational flow take place if there is no viscosity? If yes then will it always be rotational or will it become irrotational after some time?
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How relevant are Reynolds number and flow regime in very small tubing at very low flow rates?

I know that in bigger pipes, Reynolds number and the dominant flow regime can be important in further decisions. Now, I have an application with tubing of about 0.5 mm in diameter and a flow rate of ...
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Contact Angle In Capillary

One Professor recently told me that in an insufficient length capillary, the contact angle doesn't change, its an inherent property which does not change. If the edges of capillary are extremely sharp ...
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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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How does gas friction emerge?

The fluid parcel model states that a gas can be modelled as the sum of infinitesimal small parcels. According to this model, the friction of a gas with a solid surface (e.g. the wall of a pipe) ...
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Do gases have phonons?

A phonon is a quantized unit of sound; they are encountered when quantizing lattice vibrations in solids. Now, even an ideal gas supports sound waves, but in such a case, interactions between atoms ...
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acceleration of water when it travels through garden hose

How to derive average acceleration of water as it travels through nozzle of garden hose. Suggest some assumptions for better understanding
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Why would oscillation of a gas column inhibit rather than promote mixing?

Many years ago I helped to support an experiment conducted in Japan which investigated the effects of high frequency oscillation ventilation (HFOV) on the mixing and distribution of gas into the ...
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Water Moving Through Coffee Grinds

Like many of my peers, I rely on coffee as if it were prescribed to me. It might even be classified as an addiction if it weren't for the cultural norms surrounding a cup of coffee or tea in the ...
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Pressure required for gas to flow through an orifice

Imagine I have an upside-down cone, which is filled with a gas - let's say it is air. At the bottom of this cone is an extremely small hole (a few microns in diameter). How do I go about calculating ...
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Effect of wall friction on stagnation pressure and temperature

We have incompressible air flowing through a cylindrical pipe, from section A to section B. The process is considered to be stationary. My theory book says that, because of the frictional losses on ...
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Intuitive explanation for lower pressure above airfoil

From Bernoulli's principle we know for an incompressible fluid (constant density $\rho$) in a gravitational potential $\psi=gz$, that we can state the equation along a streamline from point 1 to point ...
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Can drag force and lift force be in the same direction in the following case?

In the attached picture, can I say that there is a lift force in the Y-direction, and a drag force too in the same Y-direction? $F_L$ proportional to $V_fx^2$ ? $F_D$ proportional to $V_py^2$ ? Is ...
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Is drag force in the direction of particle motion or opposite to motion?

Suppose water is flowing in horizontal direction (positive $x$-direction) and a particle immersed in that water is also moving in the same direction. In this case, is the drag force $F_D$ in the ...
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Trouble understanding a formula in Turbulence

I'm very new to turbulence.I'm reading this book on "Turbulence: An introduction for scientist and Engineers" by Davidson. I came across this formula for energy dissipation. This is in chapter one. I ...
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Bent capillary tube

What would happen if I bend a capillary tube and use it as shown in figure? 1.Will the water(or any other adhesive liquid) level remain same as before bending? 2.or it will come up till end? 3.Or ...
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Physical explanation of Pascal’s Law

I have a problem with physical explanation of Pascal’s Law. For example, when I was teaching my sister (a high school student) about force transmitting by a rope, I said her: “In a very simplified ...
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Fluid Mechanics: Stream Function for Axisymmetric flow

I have problem in understanding the result of stream function in Axisymmetric 3D flow: I know that the result is (for spherical coordinates): ...
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Probability of Millikan's drop gaining or losing charge during the experiment

I performed Millikan's experiment with latex drops. I did not get the "step graph" that I wanted (though the precision of the experiment was really bad as seen in the figure). My first drop is ...
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can water falling/running down in pipe cause suction capable of creating a continuous flow

can water falling under gravity create suction force and if so, how much force..if i put a huge strong tank on top of a hill and on top there is a tap connected to a huge body, then i put a another ...
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How would an increase in temperature affect ooblek's (non newtonian fluid) viscosity?

Due to the fact that Ooblek (cornstarch and water), contains so much water and from what I understand it is non newtonian due to the particles suspended in it, would it therefore be correct to say ...
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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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Hourglass fluid mechanics issue with Bernoulli's equation

I know that I'm thinking about this problem wrong, but I've been pondering it for a while and can't understand something. On my fluid mech. exam I had a problem that asked to determine the radius of ...
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How to stop water flow in a siphon?

I have assembled a small DIY drip-irrigation system for my terrace garden. Please have a look at the attached image. I switch on a small pump to start the drip-irrigation system and then switch it ...
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how to choose characteristic length in reynolds number [duplicate]

now reynolds number for a system is defined as follows $$Re=\frac{\rho*u*L}{\mu}$$ where $L$ is the characteristic length. I am wondering how this $L$ is decided (in case of flat plate it is $x$ ...
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A question about droplets formation

This picture shows a fuel ejector of a diesel engine that propels ships. When the fuel line pressure exceeds 380 bars, the tension of the spring is overcomed and fuel is ejected into the combustion ...
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Approximating the pressure drop for a centrifugal fan/blower

Is it possible to approximate the pressure drop for a centrifugal fan by using the fan's characteristics, the airflow, and the speed at which the fluid is being ejected? Would it be possible to adapt ...
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Convective heat transfer coefficients - how do you calculate them?

How do you calculate (or otherwise determine) h_i and h_o (convective heat transfer coefficients) for a heat exchanger? Standard thermodynamics equation below for reference. My specific situation ...
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Calculating Pressure in Lattice Boltzman Equation

I'm new to the LBE, but have been finding them very helpful for doing some fluid dynamics simulations. I was wondering how pressure would be calculated. I'm guessing this is quite easy, but it's ...
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Do you need to increase pressure to pump a fluid from a large pipe through a small pipe?

The application of this question is towards clogged arteries and blood flow. I am wondering why people with clogged arteries have high blood pressure if a smaller artery (assuming it is smooth and ...
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Navier-Stokes Energy Equation

I've been assigned (for homework in a mathematical modelling course) the task of deriving the Navier-Stokes energy equation in one space dimension: Consider a fluid flowing through a cylindrical ...
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Inertial force of fluids [duplicate]

Reynold's number is the ratio of inertial force to viscous force.I also know the definition of inertial force.but where does a fluid get this force from?what are the factors responsible for this ...
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Equations describing a counterflow heat exchanger [closed]

One of my experiments has a water-cooled apparatus. I plan on building a heat exchanger to keep the apparatus cool. However, I am not very good at thermodynamics and could use a hand. Also, from a ...
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What is the psi at the bottom of different tubes filled with water filled at the same height

if I have a 1 inch square tube with 144 feet of water I know I have about 63 pounds of water (63lbs ft**3) and 63 psi at the bottoms off the tube. If I have a 1/4 inch sq tube filled with water at ...
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Fluid Mechanics Paradox

This is a deceptively simple problem in fluid mechanics that I can't quite figure out because it produces a paradox. Suppose that there is a straw and a small column of water inside the straw, such ...
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Pressure required to overcome surface tension

Imagine I have a vertical straw, and that it is partially filled with water. If I were to decrease the radius of the straw at the bottom end, eventually surface tension would allow the water to remain ...
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flow rate measurement of a fluid

I had an experiment related to piping networks in my institute. In the experiment there was a device that was measuring flow rate based on rotations of a fan-like system. This created a doubt in my ...
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Recommended books about vorticity

Could anyone suggest a good introductory book or any online resource about vorticity? I just now started to learn physics but I have a good mathematical background.
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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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What amount of force could be created by a person “swimming” in air?

Had a question on a physics test, a person is at rest on a frictionless surface and can not throw anything, can they move? I said yes, by "swimming" against the air and got docked because "it ...
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Atmospheric pressure changes on plastic bottle containing a liquid

We have a problem at work and I need some help on a theory. We ship a liquid in plastic bottles using a pump closure. Recently some of the bottles have been arriving to customers having leaked. The ...
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Entropy and vacuums

If I have a vacuum (completely devoid of any particles; Q.M. effects aside), then turn a nozzle and let a gas freely expand into the vacuum, will I have increased the entropy of the vacuum? I get ...
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Wall Shear Stress

I have the solution of a Navier-Stokes simulation with an incompressible, Newtonian fluid with laminar flow. Now I compute the wall shear stress (vector) as $$\tau_n = \mu (\nabla u) n,$$ where $\mu$ ...
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How long time before all the water in a lake has been replaced? [closed]

Studying hydrology, and in that context we've seen some information about lakes and the times it takes for the water to renew completely in them. This got me interested in finding out how this is ...
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Rankine Oval is oval shaped

I'm studying Rankine oval and I have a question. How do you prove the equation for its zero streamline curve is in fact oval shaped? Is there some family of oval shaped curves including Rankine Ovals? ...
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How much load does an aqueduct support?

Recently, I found out about /r/InfrastructurePorn, and I found a particularly interesting photo of the Gouwe Aqueduct in Gouda, NE: It seems like the bridge that is supporting the boat wouldn't be ...
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How does capillary action work in tubes which are closed at the top?

In all textbooks the examples and descriptions use tubes which are open at both ends. Our teacher remarked that if it were closed at one end like a test tube (albeit a thin one) even then capillary ...
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How does a fluid force behave at different angles?

I have a mock exam problem that deals with fluid forces acting at different angles. Here are the scans: Based on the description of the systems, I know that in (a) and (c), F is going to equal the ...