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

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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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What causes surface tension actually? [duplicate]

Surface tension has really made me crazy! Surface tension occurs at the interface of air & water. It is a force per unit length tangential to the intersurface. But what actually causes it? One ...
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“Where” does dissipated enstrophy go?

We are all familiar with the kinetic energy dissipation and how it is converted into heat which can either be radiated away or go into the internal energy of the system. In the enstrophy transport ...
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What is the friction force at terminal velocity?

As terminal velocity is inversely proportional to viscosity or fluid friction, then my question is: at terminal velocity, the fluid friction is maximum or zero?
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Falling raindrop internal movements

A falling raindrop has the shape of a drop, because of the friction with the air it's falling through I wonder, does this friction also cause a circular internal movement in the drop like this? ...
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Dependence of streamlined flow on viscosity

My teacher told true class the following statement:- Streamlined flow is more likely for liquid with more viscosity as sturdy flow can only be achieved with slow speed. It's true that viscosity ...
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A fluid in a wide tube being centrifuged

Imagine a large, awkward and imbalanced centrifuge with the glass test tube in the shape of a large rectangular prism, rotating about one of its ends parallel to the sides. Inside this glass test '...
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Navier-Stokes equations through a orifice [closed]

I have reactor that looks as follows : In the first part, my reactants flow in. The reaction is started and generates heat as a result. It then expands slightly into the second part where after ...
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Prove thrust is double the dynamic pressure across a nozzle

I'm trying to teach myself some of the content from 'Rocket Propulsion Elements' by George P. Sutton. After reading over the first couple of chapters feeling like I understood everything, I came ...
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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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Lovely flow rate [duplicate]

How can we calculate the measure of the air flow rate when it is coming out of the balloon? (I mean that which parameter affects that? For example, the measure of balloons neck or the ratios or ...
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How can a droplet of liquid float on the surface of the same liquid?

This can happen during the rain, or when pouring water. Sometimes small (1-2 mm) droplets of water float on the surface for some time (a few seconds) before coalescing with the big body of water. A ...
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Flow rate through hole at bottom of tank, estimate time for depth to reach 1 foot [closed]

I am a structural engineering student and have limited experience in fluid dynamics. I'm not quite sure if I'm going about the problem in the correct way. The question is: An open cylinder of ...
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Kinematic Viscosity

How would you define kinematic viscosity? What does it physically represent? Around the Internet I've found it defined as just a ratio, and that's it. I saw in an answer that I can think of it as "...
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Ideal, isotropic fluid and stress tensor

An ideal fluid is the one which cannot support any shearing stress. It also doesn't have viscosity. My question is what does it mean by a fluid to be isotropic? Is an ideal fluid necessarily isotropic ...
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Difference between adsorption and condensation

So I just stumbled across the Wikipedia article on adsorption - and I asked myself, if there is a difference between (physical) adsorption and condensation on a surface? When I look at the water ...
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Separating atoms in water

Suppose I have the power of Jean's (X-Men). If I separate the all the atoms in the water in a water bottle, would the volume remain the same?
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Water VS Soapy Water

I recently did an experiment. I have a cup of tap water, and a cup of tap water mixed with soap. I used an eyedropper to slowly drip drops of tap water onto a penny. Then I cleaned the penny, and ...
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What's the relation between the type (Gender) of a balloon and its internal pressure

I'm working on a project about balloons and I need to know the relation between the gender of the balloon and its internal pressure. As far as I know, there are some parameters such as " Elasticity of ...
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Is the buoyant force on an object is the reaction force?

Is the buoyant force on an object is the reaction force for the force exerted by the objects on the fluid (newtons third law)? Or there are two sets of action reaction force? (objects force and ...
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Calculating saturation mixing ratio for water in air

If I have air pressure (in, say, Pa) and air temperature (in, say, K) - how do I calculate the saturation mixing ratio for water? I can't seem to find it anywhere and it's a fairly useful quantity to ...
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When is it appropriate to drop pressure terms when applying conservation of momentum to a fluid?

I'm trying to wrap my head around pressure forces in incompressible, irrotational, invicid flow. Applying conservation of momentum to a control volume gives me \begin{equation} \frac{\partial}{\...
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Equilibrium between two water tanks

I've been reading about hydrostatic theory, however I couldn't find a similar case/exercise about my basic problem. I have two water tanks (same size) filled with different water heights, and ...
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Find the discharge Q. Pipe flows [closed]

Trying to work my way through an example in my course notes on fluid flow in pipes and I'm really stuck on where to start. The question is as follows; A pipeline 10km long and 300mm diameter with a ...
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Water adhesion problem

I have a bunch of plastic capillaries that come from two different production lots. I dip them into saline solution and in the capillaries coming from the first lot the solution "mounts" a bit along ...
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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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Finding turbulent velocity Fourier mode amplitudes from kinetic energy spectrum

A random vector field, such as a turbulent flow, can be decomposed into Fourier modes. Taking a snapshot in time (say an initial condition) we have that the randomly fluctuating component of the flow ...
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Fluids in a U-shaped Tube

One of the users asked a question about the Fluids in U-shaped Tube. I was wondering and I tried to imagine that the membrane is fixed and the left side is filled up until $h_1=h_2$. So my question is ...
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Why is an airplane able to increase thrust without moving?

I was just watching some documentaries and saw planes building up power in the turbines without moving. I thought about it and remembered, that this happens before every take off. So, why is this ...
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Fluids in U-shaped Tube

In a U-shaped tube, water and oil are separated by a movable membrane. What is the ratio of the heights $\frac{h1}{h2}$ (density of the oil $ρ_{oil}$ = 0.92 $\frac{g}{cm^3}$)? I tried solving by ...
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How does vasoconstriction/vasodilation of arterioles change blood pressure?

Background: I am coming at this question from an electrical engineering background, and I feel like I am missing certain assumptions that are going into the statement found in my physiology textbook, "...
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Stagnation Point around Sharp Corner

I am trying to design a water-channel that travels through a metal block shaped like a square to cool it down (so it is a 2D problem). One consideration is the wetted surface area, which allows more ...
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Solve unsteady-state pressure-falloff axial gas flow equation for permeability

Equation 17 in Section 6.2.1.2 of American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practices 40 for Core Analysis gives a permeability equation of: $$ \frac{(P_1−P_2)(P_m+f_{Fo}b)z_r}{P_rq_rz_m}=A_1+A_2\left(...
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Helicopter, Tricopter, Quadccopter - what's really happening here? Are there generalized advantages on a small scale?

There have been, it seems, a proliferation of quad-copters commercially available. Amazon seriously tried to use them for deliveries. (Search Drone on their website.) The NFL uses one for cameras. ...
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Velocity with respect to time in Torricelli's Law

I am having a bit of difficulty establishing the efflux velocity of an open tank of water in terms of time, i.e. $u(t)$, according to Torricelli's law. I know that for a known height $h$ (where $h = ...
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Is it possible to generate one half of a Karman Vortex Street?

The Karman Vortex Street is a type of phenomenon which is generally illustrated by examples in which a long, solid, smooth circular cylinder moves at constant velocity through a fluid. The long axis ...
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Basic fluid mechanics question on the FME

Ok, so I've got a question on a basic fluid dynamics question regarding the force-momentum equation (I don't know how common that phrase is, it's the one used in the textbook I have, but basically the ...
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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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How can we theoretically calculate the number of balloons needed to stop a bullet?

After watching this video, I am interested in proving it mathematically. The problem is that how can we apply the conservation of momentum here to find the velocity of the bullet while we don't know ...
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How size of objects lifted by the wind depends on the speed of the wind?

What are the sizes of the objects that could be picked up and flown by tornados, depending on the tornado's speed? To put it another way, assuming turbulent flow and object density much higher than ...
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Problem regarding Archimedes Principle [closed]

A small amount of mercury is filled into massless cylindrical test tube with an even bottom and length $l=0,200m$. The test tube is put into a large swimming pool filled with water. a) How much ...
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Why can we produce a sound by blowing across a blade of grass, a paper strip or similar

I just don't know how is the sound produced? Does it come from the vibration of the blade of grass or the air in the up and down?
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Foam patterns on espresso

When just prepared, an espresso has a thin layer of foam, known as crema, on its surface. As I move my drink from the bar to a table, the motion destroys the homogeneity of the layer, but I've noticed ...
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Properties of Fluids-theoritical confusion

I am having a very basic confusion on how we calculate the height of atmosphere when we assume that the density does not change with altitude(density remains 1.29 kg/m$^3$). I want to know why we say ...
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The name of effect of liquid flow inducing flow to neighboring layers of liquid?

How do you call an effect, when liquid or gas stream is involving the neighboring layers of matter also move? Like on videos of rocket engines testing, when exhausting gas sucks an air and steam from ...
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Ripples of flowing water on a smooth road surface [duplicate]

Yesterday some friends and I were walking in the rain. We noticed that, on a smooth tarmac road surface, the sheet of water flowing down the road was forming ripples as it went. Why was it doing ...
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What is the differential equation for pressure in a container with an orifice?

I've seen similar problems all over physics.SE and other sites. Most of the time it is about non-compressible fluids, or not about the differential equations. The physical system of interest is ...
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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 viscosity?...
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What air pressure is needed on mars, to have fluid water?

The atmospheric pressure on the Martian surface averages 600 pascals (0.087 psi), about 0.6% of Earth's mean sea level pressure. There is a lot of frozen ice on mars, but it can't melt, because of ...
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The Bernoulli equation: positive and negative sign problem

According to bernoulli equation $$ P_1+1/2 \rho v_1^2+ \gamma h_1= P_2+1/2 \rho v_2^2+ \gamma h_2. $$ Because $$ v_1=0\quad h_1=0 $$ So $$ 0= 1/2 \rho V^2+ \gamma h. $$ It is wrong I know, but why? ...