# Tagged Questions

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

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### How fast would a bullet travel through liquid air?

According to Wikipedia, a bullet from a .22 Long Rifle travels at a speed of 320 m/s and the density of liquid air is 870 kg/m3. What equation would calculate the speed of a bullet fired into liquid ...
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### Movement of a cylinder filled with water

Not long ago I was pretty bored at a dinner and I started playing with a water bottle that was not empty: I've been quite interested in its behavior when putted on its side and pushed: the bottle of ...
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### At what speed would you die upon impact with water?

If we hit the water at great speeds, we die. This is because the water has no time to "move out of the way" and acts as a "solid" surface. At what falling speed can we consider the water as a 'solid'...
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### Is it possible to limit water flow this way and how is this effect called?

I needed to propose a mechanism to store water and keep water flow at the same level with 100% passive equipment. Here's what I came up with. If you turn a water reservoir upside down and put in ...
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### Can we measure the depth of water by scattering water?

Suppose we release an object and make it fall on the surface of water, then the scatter of water is recorded, Taking some observations, can we calculate the depth of the water by analyzing the ...
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### What are the principles behind foam formation?

We know that while pouring water in a glass, there is close to no foam, but if pouring beer, there is much foam (unless pouring "slowly"). So, can the most prominent factors that contribute to foam ...
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### Definition of pressure in Bernoulli's principle

I have a difficulty to understand Bernoulli's Principle which states increased fluid speed decreases the pressure. But in a wind tunnel when we measure the pressure with a pitot tube, both the ...
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### Electrohydrodynamics: How will electric potential develop in a fluid when potential is applied from ends

Lets say, I have a fluid in a rectangular enclosure (2D). I apply electric potential $U=U_1$ at left boundary and $U_2$ at right boundary. In the lower and upper boundaries, the potential varies ...
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### Orientation of large water drops break-up

I have observed that if you pour small globs of water from a considerable height (let's say more than 20 meters), the globs will break up. This is not surprising at all since the amount of water ...
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### What is the difference between a vortex ring and a circular line vortex?

Can someone explain the difference between a vortex ring and a circular line vortex? Or are they the same?
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### Flow from the bottle

I made some calculations about flow from the bottle, but problems occured when the experimental data came back. Need to refine calculations, but problems occur when trying to link the angle to the ...
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### How a fan moves air? [duplicate]

How does a fan moves air towards you (I mean in 1 direction). Also propeller and fan have different shapes, does it mean they work different?
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### U.S. Standard Atmosphere

My textbook states that "Ideally, we would like to have measurements of pressure versus altitude over the specific range for the specific conditions (temperature, reference pressure) for which the ...
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### What is going on in front of and behind a fan?

Why is it that when you drop paper behind a fan, it drops, and is not blown/sucked into the fan, whereas if you drop paper in front of a fan, it is blown away?
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### Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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### Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid [duplicate]

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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### Feeling the Breeze

This question is based on an odd phenomenon I noticed last week. Since then, I've been collecting more data to try to get an accurate picture of the facts. Each morning, I go to my bus stop. It's on ...
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### How do I enforce the no-slip boundary condition in time dependent incompressible pipe flow?

This is a technical problem which must have been solved already. It won't be in beginners textbooks but there should be a solution somewhere. I welcome reading suggestions. Maybe someone with ...
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### Derivation of the equation of motion of a viscous fluid by Landau & Lifshitz

I am trying to follow Landau and Lifshitz, from the Volume 6 (Fluid Mechanics) of the Course of Theoretical Physics, on their derivation of the momentum equation for a newtonian viscous fluid, but I ...
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### Why Are Normal Shock Waves Unstable in a Converging Channel?

While learning about shock waves in an introductory Gas Dynamics course, it was revealed that normal shocks are unstable if formed in a converging channel. Even if the local conditions ostensibly ...
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### Mathematical model of a fluid: which viewpoint is the standard one?

I've been studying fluid mechanics and I have some doubts on the mathematical model of a fluid. First we let $D\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a region in three-space filled with a fluid. This region has as ...
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### Sixth Power Law

The Law: The size of a solid material that can be carried by a (water) stream is proportional to the sixth power of its velocity. I have just discovered that I read this law long time ago (it has ...
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### No-slip boundary condition for viscous fluids

When dealing with fluid mechanics of viscous fluids, both theoretically and numerically, I've always been told that the boundary condition applied at solid walls has to be a no-slip one. My teachers ...
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### Flow past a parabolic lamina submerged in a tube. Please see the attached figure

How do I compute the velocity field around the parabolic body using Navier-Stokes? I want to solve it like Poiseuille's law. I have no slip at the wall boundary and a free shear layer at the ...
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### What forces of stress really represent?

I'm studying fluid mechanics and the book says the following: For any continuum, forces acting on a piece of material are of two types. First there are forces of stress, whereby the piece of ...
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### How to calculate pressure loss due to water leakage from a hole in a pressurized unit

I am trying to develop a method for calculting the rate of pressure loss from a small hole in a pressurized vessel full of water (small air pocket likely at top of vessel). I've found a formula for ...
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### Variable area manometer duct

How does one measure the pressure at the end of the manometer tube when the manometer tube itself is having a variable area?
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### Why is this the volume flow rate per unit area?

In fluid mechanics we consider a fluid filling a region $D\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ together with a function $\rho : D \times \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ called the mass density such that for any $3$-...
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### Liquid column “recoils” in a sealed cylinder when hit by a piston — is it possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...
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### Effect of Reynolds number on wake region

For a flow over a smooth sphere, does the wake region increases with increase in Reynolds number? And if so, then why?
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### Is the flow in a ducted fan really incompressible?

I have a long duct with a fan in the middle of it. The fan causes a steady airflow in the pipe which is at low speeds (incompressible) the mean flow in the pipe is about 10 m/s. However the fan blades ...
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### What is the physical basis of the $\rho \bf{u} \times \bf{\omega}$ force on a fluid vortex line?

In fluid dynamics, the force density on a vortex line is $\bf{f} = \rho \bf{u} \times \bf{\omega}$. In Faber, Fluid Dynamics for Physicists, ch. 4, this is "derived" by analogy with magnetostatics, ...
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### Titanic Question

I was reading this question: Was Titanic's captain's decision correct? @oakad commented about a Russian vessel keeping itself afloat by going in reverse, using hydrodynamic pressure to keep ...
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### Mixing mild and cold water, which one to pour first?

Suppose for example that a person like me likes his water in-between. A bit colder than the room temperature but not very cold. If you have a water dispenser that pours rtp water and cold water, which ...
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### When jumping into water, how deep should the water be to survive?

How deep can I go if jumping from 50m?
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### The Spinning Log “Perpetual Motion” problem, and my attempt at a solution

So I was introduced to this "perpetual motion" riddle a few weeks ago. The problem goes like this: we all know perpetual motion machines are not possible, but this riddle seems like it should work as ...
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### Simple expression for transitional pressure force

Consider a simple, circular orifice with an upstream, high gas pressure and downstream, normal atmospheric pressure. Consider also a flat circular plate that can be positioned anywhere along the ...
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### Milk-First School

I have always been struck by the huge amount of different arguments about the issue: When you make a cup of tea, the milk should be poured first or added to the cup after the tea? Wikipedia, ...