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

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How would you swim in inviscid water?

The viscosity of water creates drag on swimmer's body so its effect is to slow down the swimmer. However the viscosity seems to be essential for pushing the water backwards by the swimmer's arms and ...
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virtual air-surface temperature difference above a water body

I'm trying to work through the equations for the following paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2009JD012839/abstract and am trying to understand the concept of virtual air temperature, ...
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Is this the reason solids suspended in turbulent fluids don't settle?

While I know (and can observe) that solids don't settle easily in a turbulent flow, I struggle with understanding why exactly this is the case. Here' my problem: Conceptually, turbulence means high ...
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Navier-Stokes - Complete set under turbulent eddy viscosity hypothesis

I'm looking for the complete set (x,y,z component) of the Navier-Stoke equations under the Eddy Viscosity hypothesis to model turbulent fluid flow. I found the following, but I have a really hard ...
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How do we measure mean part or time average of velocity field?

How do we measure mean part or time average of a (known) velocity field? In other words, if I know velocity field how can I measure its time average or mean part? What is time average in general?
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Why is pressure gradient assumed to be constant with respect to radius in the derivation of Poiseuille's Law?

Poiseuille's Law relies on the fact that velocity is not constant throughout a cross-section of the pipe (it is zero at the boundary due to the no-slip condition and maximum in the center). By ...
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What is the Coandă effect? How is it defined, and what causes it?

Can anybody explain to me the Coandă effect well? I am finding that many definitions and explanations conflict. I am particularly confused about the following points regarding the Coandă effect: ...
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What are the limitations of Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics?

I've been excited by some of the possibilities of Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). I have seen some very exciting demonstrations of their use in 3D graphics, but I am wondering how well the ...
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Power in hydraulic analogy

In hydraulic analogy one compares electrical circuits with water circuits. For the electric case the formula $P = U \cdot I$ for the electric power holds. The analogous formula for water flow would ...
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How does a sponge “suck” up water against gravity?

If I take a sponge and place it in a shallow dish of water (i.e. water level is lower than height of sponge), it absorbs water until the sponge is wet, including a portion of the sponge above the ...
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Acceleration of a steady line vortex

In a question, I have to find the acceleration of a fluid parcel in a steady line vortex. I am given that $u_\theta=\frac{A_0}{r}$. So for a steady line vortex, the parcels are following circular ...
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Lorentz force for electrically conducting fluid flow in homogeneous magnetic field

I am mathematician and have paper which models situation when homogeneous magnetic field is applied to moving electrically conducting fluid. There is such Lorentz force formula on which all the work ...
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Addes mass forces: can a force depend on acceleration?

My friend and I had a little discussion about added mass forces. I always interpreted $F=ma$ as a cause-effect relationship, so I find rather uneasy to accept that the cause can instantaneously ...
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How to calculate flow rate from given stream function

I am stuck on a homework question, all because I dozed off in class. I understand what a stream function is but I don't know how to apply it to calculate the flow in pretty much anything. Here's the ...
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Modeling the formation of a stellar system and matter accretion

I am trying to figure out what do I need to know to properly simulate the creation of a solar system from a particle cloud with random distribution of hydrogen atoms. Being more of a programming ...
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Can convection cells evolve in stably stratified fluid?

Assume stably stratified fluid but not in equilibrium, e.g. with non-constant temperature gradient for example. Can convection cells be present? Typical example of convection cells is Rayleigh–Bénard ...
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What about negative Pressure?

Here is something I see : Let's say the ideal fluid(water here) of density $\rho$ is drawn from a source by a motor and thrown upwards with a velocity $v$. Now we take the power of motor be ...
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Is the meander ratio of a river $= \pi$?

To get from point $A$ to $B$, a river will take a path that is $\pi$ times longer than as the crow flies (I think this result is from Einstein). What is the proof of this, and how well does it hold ...
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How to find outflow pressure/force of air through a pipe

I have been trying to find the correct method for determining the outflow force resulting from a certain amount of air being forced into a pipe of a certain dimension. Essentially i'm trying to ...
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rate of flow out of a reservoir

A reservoir contains a fluid, and there is an aperture at the bottom through which the fluid flows out as shown in the illustration: I understand that the rate of flow is based on at least these ...
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Ducted or open fluid flow, which is best for aerodynamics and lift [closed]

I'm designing a copter and trying to decide if the propellers should be ducted or open axial flow. I've read some theory on ducted and open air flow but I can't find any where that compares the two. I ...
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How do we measure velocity field?

How do we measure velocity field u(r,t)? i know that how to measure ordinary velocity. $v=\frac{dr}{dt}$ but what about velocity field? what is difference between them?
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Why doesn't a bus blow due to internal pressure?

When one travels in a bus, if he's sitting at any window, he will feel that the air is coming inside. If someone is standing at the open door of the bus, he'll also feel that the air is coming ...
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Why is there no UV catastrophe (divergence) in turbulence?

I have just read that as the Reynolds number is increased, the separation of macroscopic and microscopic scales increases and that this also means that there is no UV catastrophy (or equivalently UV ...
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What is the minimum pressure difference for your ears to pop?

I'm assuming the answer to this largely varies from person to person. Assuming you could instantly change the pressure around your head by amount $\Delta p$, what is the minimum $\Delta p$ for your ...
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Distribution of pressure inside a capsule

How would pressure of an ideal gas be distributed over the inside of a capsule (a cylinder with semi-spheres on the ends)? What about the strain on the material? Is there a general formula for how ...
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Water draining from a height into the bottom of a reservoir

If I hang one 5 gal. Bucket directly above another, put a hole in the bottom of the upper bucket with a tube inserted just inside hanging all the way to the bottom of the lower bucket and fill the ...
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Absolute Viscosity of Water at certain temperatures

I just started my class on fluid mechanics. There's a problem that requires absolute viscosity $u$ of water at 25C. I looked up my table in the book and I only have it for water at 20C and 30C. I ...
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SHM of floating objects

If we consider an object undergoing who has an acceleration proportional to the displacement of the object, it is going simple harmonic motion. In terms of Newton's second law, this is $$ -\dfrac k ...
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What does the Reynolds Number of a flow represent physically?

What does the Reynolds Number of a flow represent physically? I am having trouble understanding the meaning and the utility of the Reynolds number for a certain flow, could someone please tell me how ...
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Water ripples and nonzero divergence

In 2-d, one ripple would mean the velocity of water particles move out radially forming a circular wavefront. The Navier Stokes equations say the divergence of velocity has to be zero, but this ...
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Pressure in fluids

Fluids exert hydrostatic pressure because their molecules hit each other or the immersed body, but why is that at a greater depth pressure is higher when molecules are the same ? Assume density of ...
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(How) Does A Vortex Speed Drainage?

When a sink drains it forms a vortex. Does that vortex speeds drainage. If yes, how does the vortex speed drainage? The only relevant thing I could find was an expensive article and a science fair ...
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What is the relationship between complex time singularities and UV fixed points?

In this paper it is described how the turbulent kinetic energy spectrum and the flatness (a measure for intermittency) are governed by the position of the (dominant) singularities of the solutions of ...
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How can I understand a Vortex Tube and its efficiency?

A Vortex Tube takes a pressurized input stream, most typically of a gas, and creates two output streams with a temperature differential. Apparently, it has been described as a Maxwell's Demon. Both ...
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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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Can Increasing the Turbulence Inside a Pipeline Economically Increase Flow?

"The velocity gradient in turbulent flows is steeper close to the wall and less steep in the center of the pipe than it is for laminar flows (Blatt p.97)." Does this mean that some degree of ...
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Stress energy tensor of a perfect fluid and four-velocity

In the following demonstration, there is an error, but I cannot find where. (I explicitely put the $c^2$ to keep track of units). We consider a metric $g_{\mu\nu}$ with a signature $(-, +, +, +)$ : ...
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What is Convective acceleration of flow velocity?

I know that $\frac {dv}{dt}=a$ is acceleration, but: what is convective acceleration of a flow velocity? what is difference between $(v\cdot \nabla) v$ and $v\cdot (\nabla v)$, ?
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Will a helicoper which is hovering inside a closed box move with the box when we move it? [duplicate]

I got this micro helicopter to play with, you know that cheap double bladed ones you can find for $25 or so. Anyway last night I was on bed trying to sleep and I got this idea, what if we put the ...
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Computational Fluid Dynamics methods

I have read some articles about the finite difference method on a cartesian orthogonal grid. I understand how it works when Dirichlet boundary conditions are used, or when Neumann boundary conditions ...
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Shock Rarefaction Interaction

I am interested to see/know if there exist analytical solutions for shock/rarefaction interaction. A rarefaction wave can catch up to a shock wave from behind. The shock will decay and the motion ...
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Are the hypotheses of the Bernoulli equation satisfied for a bird or airplane wing at low Mach number?

A previous question by David Zaslavsky was a request for a broad, "how things work" type of explanation of the lift of an airfoil. The answers given there are enlightening, but don't address a more ...
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I read a book saying bernoulli's flight equations didn't have as much impact on lift as most people think [duplicate]

I'm a computer scientist that likes to read about math and physics occasionally. A local author at a nearby aviation center brought bernoulli's flight equations into question. It was clear enough ...
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Enginering question about F1 car

In formula F1 car, air coming infront of the car goes up with very high velocity as a result pressure difference is created which is very high from Bernoulli theorem.. The F1 car is very light so ...
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Books describing motion of objects in fluid [closed]

I'm looking for any resources that would help me model the behavior of objects moving in fluid. My end goal is to be able to describe the motion of irregularly shaped objects in a river environment. ...
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What is Relativistic Navier-Stokes Equation Through Einstein Notation?

Navier-Stokes equation is non-relativistic, what is relativistic Navier-Stokes equation through Einstein notation?
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Additional boundary conditions for inclined flow?

I am solving an inclined flow problem, and am stuck. The problem is to find the volumetric flow rate of inclined flow in a square channel. Once I have the velocity profile, I can just integrate over ...
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What is a good reynolds number for this process?

I’m trying to convince my boss that the mixers we are using are too much. I’m trying to prove that we are over-mixing our product. Our product is ink…just your basic ink found in your printer at home. ...
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CMB anisotropies and tightly coupled limit

Sorry if this is a technical question. I am studying the origin of CMB anisotropies and the tightly coupled limit of the Boltzmann equations. We have a fluid composed of ionized electrons and photons. ...