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

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Why do vapour cones form around jet fighters?

Apparently this phenomenon has nothing to do with jets breaking the sound barrier and has something to do with the Prandtl-Glauert singularity as described on Wikipedia. But, the Wikipedia article ...
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Direction of pressure forces on a control volume (surface)

According to http://www.mne.psu.edu/cimbala/Learning/Fluid/Pressure/pressure_basics.htm, "Pressure always acts inward normal to any surface (even imaginary surfaces as in a control volume).". ...
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How to calculate fluid(oil / hydrocarbon) loss under pressure

I'm trying to calculate the amount of fluid that would flow through an area dependant on the amount of pressure that there is. I'd also like to know the rate at which it would flow. Essentially I ...
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Understanding equation for force acting on stones skipping over water

I think I have a decent conceptual understanding of the forces at work when stones are skipped over water. My question pertains to this equation, $$ F = C_L\rho U^2S\sin({\alpha + \beta}) $$ which ...
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Force required to move a fluid out of piston at depth

I have a cylinder filled with water in it at the bottom of the ocean. Say 100 meters down. In this cylinder is a piston that moves up and down. Its job is to squish the water out the bottom of the ...
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Continuity equation and pressure head in a tank

Consider a tank which is full of water. We connect a horozontal pipe at its bottom. When the pipe is open, water starts flowing through the pipe, then the velocity of water is proportional to the ...
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Extension of vector field and fluid velocity

I've been studying locomotion at low Reynolds number with gauge theories reading this paper and on pages 567 and 568 we find the explanation on how to compute the field strength tensor. For simplicity ...
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Why do the tangent holes (like in pitot-static tube) feel the static pressure?

Why do the tangent holes (like in pitot-static tube) feel the static pressure although the static pressure is in the direction of the velocity of the streamlines not normal to the surface of the hole
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How do I get 50 Reputation? [migrated]

I was going to comment that the atmosphere takes about 1/3 to 1/2 the mussel velocity based on my 1987 paper on the Flight of Passive Launch Vehicles. I am about to re-do the paper and am working from ...
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Pressure - How much fluid can void support?

Please refer to the attached (terrible) drawing while reading the post ! After watching some videos about the U-tube effect in drilling, a question came to me. Imagine one fluid of heavy density ...
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Velocity required for Horizontal Rain

Related to my previous question - Change in appearance of liquid drop due to gravity... Ok, I think we all have noticed this practical phenomena (a kind of illusion though)... During rain (while ...
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Flow rate through hole at bottom of tank, estimate time for depth to reach 1 foot

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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Swimming in a ball of water in space

What would I feel if I went swimming in a ball of water in space? Would I feel greater pressure as I went deeper into the sphere? What would it be like to swim in something like that? Also, let's say ...
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Specific form of Stokes's differential equation

Coming from a chemical background, I have next to no knowledge of the (as it seems to me) complex field of fluid dynamics, so bear with me here. I'm reading a paper written by seismologist Norman ...
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Frictionless and inviscid

In the book Fluid Mechanics by Robert A. Granger, there is a study question, 4.10, asking "How can frictionless real fluids exist and inviscid fluids not exist?" Could someone please explain? ...
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Fluid Mechanics with calculus on manifolds

Fluid Mechanics is a branch of physics that uses a lot of vector calculus in $\mathbb{R}^3$ to describe phenomena mathematically. Calculus on manifolds, however, is the straightforward generalization ...
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Why dont we consider force exerted by atmospheric pressure in mechanics?

My school has started teaching fluid mechanics, and it really bugs me why we don't consider force exerted by atmospheric pressure in mechanics. I couldn't understand a word my teacher said. There is ...
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Patterns in laminar flow of tap water

This is a simple experiment that anyone can do at home. Open your tap so that the water maintains a laminar flow, and the cross section of flow is considerably thin. Place your finger 3-4 cm below the ...
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Sound Propagation using Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) considering wind effects

I am trying to plot the propagation of sound from a fixed source in a 2D environment using Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) Method taking into account the effects of the wind velocity. I came ...
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Forces of suction in WIllie Wonka's Chocolate Factory (filmed 2005 starring Johnny Depp) [closed]

Before I begin the question: I am in no way judging this movie, just happened to be casually watching it and saw the scene (referred to below) and thought to post this question. The scene: Boy falls ...
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Pipe in a flowing river problem

I'm working on a certain problem in fluid mechanics, which isn't really my strongest area. The problem is as follows: Curved pipe is partially submerged in a flowing river so that one end is pointing ...
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How to calculate air velocity in a fan?

How to calculate air velocity in a fan and what data should I know ? So if I have a fan motor, fan blade and a battery, what data should I get from these items ? I think I will need to know the ...
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Terminal velocity of a steel ball in water [closed]

I am investigating on the terminal velocity of steel balls moving in water. I used the balls with different diameters, such as 3.17mm, 6.02mm, etc. And I used a full-filled 1L graduated cylinder. I ...
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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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Lagrangian Coordinates in Fluid Flow

I apologize if this is not the right place to ask this question: I am currently reading a paper by Y. Brenier, where for the fluid flow he introduces a Lagrangian label $a$ instead of the vertical ...
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Are the arms of a hurricane along wind direction?

Within any tropical hurricane satellite photo we see a typical swirl pattern of clouds. Are the arms of clouds we see aligned on the winds vector field? Or are they on the contrary perpendiculars to ...
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Weather Meridians

Are there meridians that effect cloud movement? While observing radar images of moisture bearing cloud movements (at my location in Florida), I've noticed a splitting of the cloud formations a ...
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Would a linear relationship between pump speed and the flow rate from the pump be expected?

I am building a water cooling system for my pc whereby the water can be individually redirected to each of the three individual graphics cards depending on temperature. Can the relationship between ...
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Could the phenomenon of vortex bursting be exploited to reduce wake turbulence?

One of the classic stories in the annals of aerospace engineering is the development (and subsequent redesign) of the F-18 and its Leading Edge Extensions (LEX) due to fatigue problems, problems that ...
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Do vortex tubes work with a reversed end plug?

Would a vortex tube still work if instead of a cone plugged into the 'hot' end you had a smaller hole on the 'cold' end? As I understand it, the point of the cone on the hot end is to only allow the ...
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What's the physics origin and meaning of $\delta_{ij}-k_ik_j/k^2$

The projection tensor $P_{ij}\equiv\delta_{ij}-k_ik_j/k^2$ happens frequently in fluid mechanics or field theory. What's the physics origin of this structure and what's the meaning?
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Why does simmering sauce make bubbles and how Is it different from boiling water

Why does simmering sauce makes bubbles at different places. Is this like boiling water? Why or why not?
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What happens to running water in sub-zero environment?

Many rivers in sub-zero winter temperatures don't freeze (photo). For simplicity let's discuss a (small) water pipe/canal with uniform cross section, inclined by an angle $\theta$. It seems that: ...
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Gauge potential for locomotion at low Reynolds number

I've been studying some approaches with gauge theory to some problems in Mechanics and I've found the problem of self propulsion at low Reynolds number a quite complicated one. The approach I'm asking ...
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Is it possible to make a low dense object sink in a fluid of higher density by cutting the object in particular shapes?

As we know that pressure becomes greater with decrease of height in a liquid column. If an object having lower density than that of the liquid cut in a shape of a pyramid or a right circular cone is ...
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How laminar or turbulent is air?

Consider an outdoors scenario, with good weather and no sensible air currents at the floor level. How turbulent or laminar is the air surrounding this environment?
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Can a divider “laminarize” turbulent flow and thus reduce friction?

Looking at the Moody chart I think to myself, the friction factor doesn't decrease much at all with Reynolds number after a certain point. I wonder if laminar flow is more efficient in a sense, and ...
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Physics of the inverted bottle dispenser

When you invert a water-bottle in a container, the water rises and then stops at a particular level --- as soon as it touches the hole of the inverted bottle. This will happen no matter how long ...
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Can a vacuum make a turbulent flow laminar?

When a vacuum is generated next to a turbulence, does the flow towards the vacuum become laminar? Imagine a vacuum cleaner tube is put next to turbulent air movement, does the "suction" change the ...
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Darcy friction factor

I have an assingment that says: How is the friction factor $f$ dependent of the roughness $\epsilon$ and Reynolds number $Re$? The equaton for the friction factor is ...
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Can we agitate a classical non viscous fluid?

Suppose we have an infinite amount of a non viscous liquid (No boundary). Inside that liquid works a rotating impeller. Can the impeller agitate the liquid at all? The question arise from thinking ...
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How to solve Laplace equation in a domain with one boundary along a curve?

Is there a way to solve the 2D Laplace equation $\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial y^2} =0$ on $0 <x<\infty$ and $0 < y < \infty$, such that the domain is ...
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Why is a beam reach the fastest point of sail on modern sailboats?

I've heard that a beam reach (perpendicular to the wind) is the fastest point of sail on modern sailboats, but I haven't heard a satisfying explanation of the physics behind the claim. Triangular ...
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Why does the sound of my tea stirring go up in tone the faster I stir?

I've noticed that when stirring my tea, as I stir faster the tone generated by the stirring goes up. Why is that? Is it something to do with the Doppler Effect? EDIT -------------------------- ...
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By what factor would you have to slow down time for water to feel like glass?

I have been told that though glass seems like a solid, it is somehow, in theory, a liquid -- but is just somehow a liquid that is so thick that it appears to be solid. (Of course --- if this premise ...
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Can lift contradict conservation of energy?

In cruise flight of an aircraft lift does no work, it just holds the aircraft aloft. In order to climb aircraft pitch up and need excess energy because the thrust vector now has a vertical component ...
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What happens to the air in a water bottle when it falls?

(ignoring the air resistance that causes the bottle to take positions in mid air. Let's say it is dropped in a vacuum with earth's gravity accelerating it downwards) I just cannot catch what happens ...
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Friction drag force

When an object moves through air, the air closest to the object’s surface is dragged along with it, pulling or rubbing at the air that it passes. This rubbing exerts a force on the object opposite to ...
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Heat transfer between river and air

There is a temperature sensor about 200 feet back from a large river, at about the same height as the river. A sewage pipe continuously dumps water of about 12 degrees C in the river directly in front ...