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

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Why do nuclear weapons create a blast wave?

As far as I know, in a nuclear explosion the energy is released in the form of radiation (neutrons, gamma rays, alpha particles and electrons), light and heat. There isn't a chemical reaction that ...
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What is the return probability for Brownian motion in three dimensions?

I would like to know the probability of return to the initial point in three dimensional Brownian motion. Does someone know an expression for the diffusion constant? (Suggestions of books on this ...
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Why does it seem as if big vehicles “attract” mine when I drive close to them?

When I drive a car at high speed and when I am near to another big car (like a van, or transport vehicle) I feel an attraction to or something push me toward the other big car . What's the physics in ...
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Using the continuity equation against gravity

Studying Fluid Mechanics right now and in my textbook there is an example of getting water up to a bathroom in a house. We're given the diameter of the inlet pipe and bathroom pipe, but only the ...
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Expected value, Fluid Mechanics and Momentum balance

I've been doing some problems on Fluid Mechanics involving the balance of Matter and Momentum and I have a question I've been wondering about. Suppose the following: We have a (viscous and ...
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How to find the force due to fluid pressure over a surface?

The question is about sphere like surfaces, like the hemispherical base of a cylinder as shown. The cylinder is filled with fluid till the given height $h$, and the density of the fluid is $\rho$ ...
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Viscosity for steam in the Reynolds number

In calculating the Reynolds number for a flow of steam in a pipe, this is the general formula I am trying to use: $$Re=\frac{\rho d v}{\mu}$$ with density $\rho$, pipe diameter $d$, flow steam $v$ ...
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Why viscosity is diffusive?

I'm studying fluid mechanics in more depth during my Ph. D. and there is something related with the diffusive term that has been bothering me for a long time. Looking at the convection diffusion ...
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Capillary action and its limitations

From Wikipedia Capillary Action Thus for a 4 m diameter glass tube in lab conditions given above (radius 2 m), the water would rise an unnoticeable 0.007 mm. However, for a 4 cm diameter tube (radius ...
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How big is the power loss of a downwind wind turbine due to turbulence created by an upwind turbine?

When a horizontal axis wind turbine is placed downwind of another horizontal axis wind turbine (distance between the two is minimal), then the downwind wind turbine has a lower power output because of ...
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Derivation of Archimedes' principle

It is my understanding that upthrust from a liquid on a body is due to pressure difference on the top of the body and the bottom of the body. How, then, is this fact used in order to derive/work out ...
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How can I carry out this force summation? Control volume involved

I have a stationary jet engine on a test stand, like shown in the next figure: The control volume is indicated in the figure as a dashed rectangle, that has its left side far upstream of the ...
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ϕ-component of equation of moition: proving a relationship [closed]

I have the following velocity vector (in spherical polars): \begin{equation} \textbf{v} = u \hat{\textbf{r}} + v_{\phi}\hat{\boldsymbol\phi} \end{equation} Where $u(r) = u$ and $v_{\phi} (r) = ...
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Torque on a rotational cylinder in viscous fluid

I've been stuck on what I'm pretty sure is a simple part of a larger question. It's a cylinder (radius a) spinning in a viscous fluid. It's rotating at rate $\Omega$ .During this question we get that ...
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Force needed to push a syringe plunger: does one add force associated with downstream back-pressure to frictional plunger force?

I am trying to figure out how much force $F$ is needed to push a syringe plunger. The plunger needs to overcome the friction force $F_1$ and (a much smaller) inertia force $F_2=ma$, giving the total ...
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Difference between a “source dipole” and a “force dipole”

I know quite well what a dipole is and in general what multipole moments are (in the context of, for instance, electrodynamics). What I find myself confused by is something called a "force dipole" in ...
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Self-made air pump - What does it take to pump up a balloon?

We are building a simple altitude-controlled balloon (idea borrowed from Google Loons). As part of that, we need an air pump to inflate a balloon acting as ballast (which is called a Ballonet in ...
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Calculating power in fluid systems with $pQ.$

I was wondering: say we have a fan which is being used to provide lift to some mass, like in a simple air cushion device, where the air has to flow through a chamber beneath the fan. Let's say that ...
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Pressure loss in a syringe

I'm currently working on a problem which is really giving me some issues. The problem concerns the force required to expel water from a syringe. We have a 20 ml syringe (which is $2\times10^{-5}$ ...
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How are shock waves related to sound, and are there equations describing its density, size, and pressure?

How exactly does one model a shock wave? I've done a lot of searching and have failed to find any equations where we're able to relate things such as its pressure, density, temperature etc. I've ...
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Water clock in ancient time [closed]

A Water clock used in ancient Greek is designed as a closed vessel with a small orifice O.The time is determined according to the level of the water in the vessel. What should the shape of the vessel ...
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Self Stirring Boiling Liquid

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were brewing a new batch of beer. We boil our wort in a turkey fryer. Pretty standard setup for beginners. Anyway, our wort was getting pretty close to boiling ...
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Roughness of the Surface and the time that a toy hovercraft hovers?

My question is about a toy CD hovercraft. I want to know that how does the time that the hovercraft hovers scale with roughness of the surface? Thanks in advance
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What's up with my whipped cream? [closed]

I got a latte with whipped cream this morning, and towards the end of the drink I noticed a peculiar effect. Regardless of how I turned the cup and thereby the coffee, the whipped cream pieces ...
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The demise of the Tacoma Narrows bridge was casused by aeroelastic flutter. But isn't that just a special case of resonance?

Much of the research I've done on the Tacoma Narrows bridge disaster of 1940 attribute the collapse of the bridge due to aeroelastic flutter - not strucural resonance. But isn't aeroelastic flutter ...
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How to relate speed of sound with relative humidity?

I am exploring the idea of measuring the humidity of a space using sound waves, however I am having trouble finding a mathematical relationship between the speed of sound and the humidity level. ...
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Considerations and questions for a DIY heat pipe; how to choose a working fluid? [closed]

I plan to build a DIY heat pipe! For more info on what a heat pipe is, see Wikipedia. I would like to use it to cool a desktop graphics card I have. I am having trouble deciding how to choose the ...
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Orifice Jet Flow experiment

I am writing up a report on Orifice jet flow experiment in which I am required to find coefficient of flow velocity, $C_v$, and the Coefficient of discharge, $C_d$. There are couple of things that I ...
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Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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Conceptualising the switch from discrete molecules to the continuum (fluid dynamics)

I understand that $\rho(x,t)$ represents the density of the small volume surrounding the point $x$. However what have I done with the discrete molecules in the process of averaging?
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Mass flux across a volume

Here mass flux means the mass flow rate, units: kilograms/second This is for a one-dimensional flow Firstly is the reason why the mass flux/ mass flow rate $=$ $\rho(x_1,t)A(x_1,t)u(x_1,t)$ ...
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Deriving an Euler Equation

In this derivation is it necessary to write the triple integral, as I thought that if we are dealing with one fluid particle it only contains one "point" and hence we do not have to take a sum?
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How does the divergence theorem justify the integral form of the continuity equation?

I vaguely understand the continuity equation (at least its integral form), but I don't really understand the differential form of the continuity equation. I'm having trouble understanding how to ...
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What does the continuum hypothesis of fluid mechanics mean?

I'm a bit confused by the continuum hypothesis stating that fluid are continuous objects rather than made out of discrete objects. Say for $\rho (x,t)$ (density) is there more than one fluid ...
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Pressure as the magnitude of the reaction force

Here $\vec{F}$ is the reaction force caused by the interaction of the fluid particle on the surface and another. I don't think the two parts I have highlighted in green tally with one another. If ...
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Continuity equation in fluid mechanics

The continuity equation in fluid mechanics states that $$ \frac{\partial\rho}{\partial t} + \nabla\cdot(ρ\mathbf u)=0 $$ Can you explain to me what is the physical meaning of each term of the ...
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Is the Mass flow rate (Mass flux) a scalar quantity?

Wikipedia states that mass flow rate is a scalar quantity, however Mass Flow Rate= Density x Cross Sectional Area x Velocity and velocity is a vector quantity, so this would imply Mass Flow Rate is ...
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Rate of Dripping of tube

My original problem was to discover the rate at which leaking taps dripped, and its relation with the tap's size, radius, etc. However, I have no clue how taps work, so I simplified the problem. ...
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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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What to measure for cylinder stiffness/compressibility?

I have 2 cylinders made from different polymers. Both cylinders are made to 'accept' the same volume of water. When I fill cylinder 1 it is subjectively stiff while cylinder 2 is subjectively floppy. ...
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Where can I find a table for NIST standards on temperature and pressure?

The Wikipedia article Standard conditions for temperature and pressure notes that IUPAC and NIST are two of the most common standards for temperature and pressure in use. Even if I could have gotten ...
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Water Waves in the Wake of a Boat

As a boy I noticed that the waves from the wake of my model boat would fan out. If I looked at the end furthest from the boat the front had turned so that it was almost running in the same direction ...
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Why is mass per second constant in the Equation of continuity?

Why should the mass per second be constant in the equation of continuity? Why can't the mass accumulate inside a tube?
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Walking on water

I was wondering about walking on water. I wonder if we can use surface tension to do this. Lets say I make a pair of shoes in shape which has infinite perimeter (e.g a koch snowflake) with glass. Now ...
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Is Magnus effect a corollary of Bernoulli principle?

Magnus effect is commonly explained using Bernoulli principle. However, taking the lift on a rotating cylinder as an example, the velocity difference is caused by the extra work done by the rotating ...
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What will happen to this fan in this situation?

Lets say I have a pipe with a fan at the end of it and it is drawing ambient air from the other end of the pipe. Once I account for some blockages and looking at the fan curve, it was found the ...
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Boundary Layer in aerofoil

I want to know how the top and bottom boundary layer interact at the trailing edge of an aerofoil (zero angle of attack) and what happens to the boundary layer after a small distance from the trailing ...
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By what mechanism is lift produced on a rotating cylinder in an inviscid flow?

I am taking some introductory fluid dynamic classes, and have become very confused by the Kutta-Joukowski theorem. One of the conclusions that can be derived by applying Kutta-Joukowski is that a ...
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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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Superfluids (meaning, properties)

I am curious as to what a superfluid is? I have seen videos that say that they have zero viscosity, and I know that it means that there is no friction between the layers of the fluid. But what is its ...