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

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Horizontal Speed of Descending Parachute

I understand how to get the vertical (descent speed) of a parachute and its payload, but how could one find the horizontal speed/velocity of this parachute depending on the speed of the wind? (yeah I ...
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Analog Hawking radiation

I am confused by most discussions of analog Hawking radiation in fluids (see, for example, the recent experimental result of Weinfurtner et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 021302 (2011), ...
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General parameters of the stress energy tensor in local inertial frame

A general 4x4 symmetric tensor has 10 independent components. How many components are we free to prescribe in the local inertial frame? For example, relativistic dust is $\mbox{diag}(\rho c^2, 0, 0, ...
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How can rising bubbles shrink and disappear?

I was recently looking at a Wurlitzer juke box, and noticed something strange. It's decorated with liquid-filled tubes. Gas bubbles are injected at the bottoms of the tubes, and the bubbles naturally ...
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Free surface of inviscid fluid flow

The following problem seems like it should have a definite solution, but I've been thinking about it for months and haven't got anywhere. It might not be a well-posed problem, but if it isn't I'd ...
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Air simulation environment [closed]

I will preface this with the fact that I am not a physicist...I am an engineer by trade. I am working on a research problem that will involve flight of an organism with varying shapes, and I am ...
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Define Pressure at A point. Why is it a Scalar?

I have a final exam tomorrow for fluid mechanics and I was just looking over the practice exam questions. They do not provide solutions. But pretty much I have to define pressure at a point and also ...
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Hydrostatics: Log floating in water near a dam

So I am studying for a final and can't seem to solve this. There is a log floating in water and I need to find its weight. The question I have is what parts of the volume of the log count when summing ...
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Dimensional Analysis: Buckingham Pi Theorem Using a Matrix

I have the following problem - which is basically that $\omega = f(g,h,l)$ now the book claims that the two $\pi$ terms as follows $\pi_1 = \omega \sqrt{\frac{l}{g}}$ and $\pi_2 = \frac{h}{l}$. Now we ...
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Would a solution to the Navier-Stokes Millennium Problem have any practical consequences?

I know the problem is especially of interest to mathematicians, but I was wondering if a solution to the problem would have any practical consequences. Upon request: this is the official problem ...
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Is there other uses of flow-straighteners than flow-metering?

Flow-straighteners are used before flow-meters because they remove disturbances from the flow and achieve nearly-fully developped velocity profiles. But is there any other uses of flow straighteners ...
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what is the physics just at bubble formation.

ie do a couple of molecules with more energy bang out a volume in the liquid where molecular attraction is overcome and the energetic molecules can move at random? where can I find out more about ...
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Dimensional Analysis: Buckingham Pi Theorem

I am studying for a fluids quiz and I am having a few problems relating to dimensional analysis but for the time being fundamentally I have a problem selecting the repeating variables. Like does ...
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Effect of rotation on turbulence threshold for Reynolds number?

If the significance of the Reynolds number is: Then what is the effect of angular momentum on the transition from laminar to turbulent as in a convective vortex? Waterspouts, in particular, seem ...
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Friction between air and a tube

I would like to know how I could estimate the friction caused by air flowing at a speed of 1000 km/h in a tube. The tube could be made out of any material, which makes it possible to calculate, ...
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How does a piece of paper manage to pump out the water from a bowl

When we go to bed at home, we started to put a bowl of water on the radiator (the air gets a bit dry). By instinct I put a soaked piece of paper (e.g. toilet paper) into the bowl and let it touch the ...
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Do the properties of two streams flowing into an engine add together when they mix?

Let's say I have two stream supplys that have separate mass flow rates, enthalpies, and velocities that flow into an engine. Upstream of the engine's inlet, the two streams mix to form one stream that ...
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The shear stress assumption in Navier Stokes

Viscous fluid mechanics starts with the assumption that shear stress is linearly related to velocity by $$\tau = \mu\frac{du}{dy},$$ but it later turns out that some forces in high speed situations go ...
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Is there something like the Poynting vector for hydraulic circuits?

The Poynting vector is a representation of the energy flux in electromagnetics, showing the amount and direction of power flow at different points in space. In electric circuits, the energy is not ...
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Constant velocity in siphon?

I was recently reading the explanation for the behaviour of a siphon on Wikipedia, which uses Bernoulli's equation in its proof. The argument is generally pretty easy to follow, except for one key ...
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Can you please help with our water tank and spray system?

For our design project we are working with a client in Wisconsin to help them remove snow from their roof-mounted solar panels in the winter. We are designing a system to spray water a vertical ...
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Timber floating in the river

There's an old puzzle (but the physical it is): Lumberjack chop wood and float it down the river. He noticed an interesting feature: in the spring, when the water is comming, timber is nailed to the ...
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Why doesn't water come out of tap/faucet at high pressure when I turn it on?

(tap=faucet) When I turn a tap on full and then put my thumb over the spout covering, say, 90% of it, then the water spurts out. If I turn it on to, say 10%, then the water dribbles out. What's the ...
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What formulae for calculating fluid pressure change involves these parameters? [closed]

Okay... this is a bit desperate... I am reverse engineering an excel program that is used for calculating outputs for a pressure vessel used for industrial process fluid heating. There is a part in ...
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Is the static gauge pressure of a free jet always atmospheric?

Let's say I have a free jet of air leaving a pipe into the atmosphere. I know that the static gauge pressure at the pipe exit is equal to the atmospheric. But what about the static gauge pressure 10 ...
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Is the pressure at the outer hole on a pitot static tube equal to atmospheric pressure?

I'm looking at a pitot static tube question right now and I just need some clarification. There is the outer hole on the pitot static tube, not the hole that the air stream goes through, but the other ...
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How do I determine where the maximum air velocity around an object is?

I have a freestream of air directed at an object. Is there a way to find where the maximum air velcoty occurs with only having initial air speed and static pressure at the object?
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What's the meaning of a pressure coefficient in fluid mechanics?

I have a jet of air leaving a contraction from a pressurized tank at a velocity of 28.8 m/s and it's being directed towards a small object equipped with static pressure holes on its surface that give ...
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At what size will self-gravitation contribute more to stability than surface tension?

The governments of Earth have embarked on an experiment to place a massive ball of water in orbit. (umm... special water that doesn't freeze) Imagine this to be a fluid with a given density, $\rho$ ...
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Clarification of equilibrium expression for upside down can in water

Let's say I initially have an open, empty, soda can. I then turn it over and lower it into a bowl of water, and then release it. Obviously water rises to some level in the cup and then there is air at ...
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Fluid Dynamics: Bernoulli Air Tunnel

I have the following question as part of a lab intro to explain the more complicated stuff I'l actually have to submit in the lab. I put all the questions here just to show my thought pattern/what ...
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Free Body Diagram of Fluid Statics Problem

I need help determining the forces, and the direction of them in this fluid statics problem. A hollow cylinder with closed ends is 300mm in diameter and 450mm tall. It has a mass of 27kg and a tiny ...
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Water and superconductors

If you have seen my previous questions then this may make better sense. If you put an insanely powerful superconducter on the outside layer of a ROV that is underwater, would it form an outer layer ...
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Tear drop shape

i heard that a tear drop shap is the most aerodynamic shape possible or the best is this true? If this isn't true what is since i need to make a fast ROV? Also since i need to have a propeller to ...
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can Superconductivity be used to repel water?

Can water be repeled with the force from superconductivity gathering current on the surface cuased by Faraday law of induction? I'm trying to make a ROV that can run underwater that uses ...
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Superconductors and electrical fields

I have been looking around to figure out how superconductors are made. What ways are there to create a superconductor that don't involve a coolant like liquid nitrogen? Is it possible to cause a ...
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Air flow coming out of a fan feels much stronger than air flow coming in. Why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is exhaling more forceful than inhaling? If I put my hand behind my computer's system block, I can feel a very strong flux of air coming out, as it is being pushed ...
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What is the formula for the glug point?

When you pour water out of a bottle, normally you have a smooth stream. However, if you pour it too fast it glugs, which is to say, comes out in quantized bursts. What is the formula for calculating ...
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Air drag coefficient value

Is there any equation that calculates the $C_d$ value in the formula of air drag ? $$F_d = \rho C_d v^2 A$$ I have found that there are tables for this constant but I am looking for the equation that ...
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How does a table fan work?

In a table fan, the blades move around in circular way and we feel air/wind when sitting on front of it. How does this happen?
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Vertical Motion in Air + Density [closed]

I am having trouble with this confusing question. Please help. The fastest recorded skydive was by an Air Force officer who jumped from a helium balloon at an elevation of 103000 ft, three times ...
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Analogue of Princeton Companion to Mathematics for Physics?

I would like to know if there are compendiums much like the Princeton Companion to Mathematics for physics (especially classical physics: fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, Hamiltonian formalism of ...
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Have we figured out how to analyze turbulent fluids?

I was surprised to read that we don't know how to analyze turbulent fluids. On page 3-9 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Volume One), Feynman writes: Finally, there is a physical problem that ...
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Surface Tension of a Liquid - When a liquid body is acclerating

As far as I understand it (which admittedly isn't very far), surface tension forces are made up by the tension-attractive forces of molecules at the liquid-gas/vacuum interface, such as those between ...
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What can wavy patterned sand tell about the Fluid that formed it?

Sand on the bottom of the ocean as well as sand on the low-tide beach often forms wavy patterns. Do the parameters of these wavy patterns have any relation to the water and waves that formed them? If ...
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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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Flow behind a plate causes pressure drop?

I've done an experiment where we direct an air jet from a fan onto a set of electronic scales. By measuring the velocity of the air jet at the exit of the fan nozzle, and applying the conservation of ...
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Fluid Mechanics Problem - Ball in Reservoir

I'm having a problem starting and solving the following problem: My attempt at the solution was to realize you need to balance the upward forces with those of the downward forces in which case you ...
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Water under high pressure

If you were to sink a container to the bottom of a deep ocean and seal it there, then bring it up to the surface, would it retain its pressure? The answer for a gas is obviously yes, but what about ...
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Behaviour of liquid in vaccume

Is it possible for a liquid to exist in a high quality vacuume? For example, a few Torr. If so what are the methods for doing this?