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

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Laminar vs Turbulent flow separataion

(Left is a laminar separation, Right is a turbulent separation) I have been having a bit of trouble understanding this concept. How come the laminar separation involves a much larger wake than the ...
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Difference resultant aerodynamics force on an airfoil and a flat plate

From basic airfoil theory the following free body diagram can be determined for a two dimensional asymmetric airfoil: Here the direction of the resultant force is governed by the geometry of the ...
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Solve unsteady state Bernoulli equation for flow in a pipe

I am an engineer studying an unsteady-state flow through a pipe. The Pipeline has been cleanly cut into two halves, without deforming the cylindrical form of the pipe, exposing the contents to ...
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Why, when one opens 1 car window, does that noise occur?

When you're driving and you open 1 car window, say the front one, there comes a horrible noise, but when you open another window just the slightest bit, this noise goes away (I'm sure most people know ...
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Car window vibrating noise

I was going to ask a question similar to: Why, when one opens 1 car window, does that noise occur? but saw that it was already asked and answered very helpfully. However, there are a couple other ...
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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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Any applications of kinetic physics on cosmological scales?

On galaxy cluster scales, one is usually forced to use approximate theories such as hydrodynamics or magnetohydrodynamics for modelling cosmological phenomena. I wanted to ask if kinetic theory is ...
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What is this form of mass conservation equation?

I found the following equation of conservation of mass (continuity) in "Computational Fluid Dynamics Vol.III" by Hoffmann: $$ \frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} + \frac{\partial}{\partial x}(\rho u)+ ...
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Drag force acting on a disk in a 2D system

I have a 2-dimensional system with behavior governed by Langevin dynamics in which disks (circles) move through a fluid. In the Langevin equation, there is a velocity-dependent term that accounts for ...
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What is the physical origin of acoustic modes in a duct?

Lets deal with wave propagation in a cylindrical duct. We ask the question: "what is the general form of a pressure wave which can propagate through the duct?" In answering this, we assume that the ...
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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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Reynolds Average Navier Stokes equations and turbulence scale

To obtain the time average of an unsteady term like $\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}$ by definition we perform the following: \begin{align} \overline{\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}} &= ...
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Origin of pressure gradient in Navier-Stokes integral

I am not understanding the origin of the second term on RHS of momentum conservation equation (cf. the Wiki page), $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial t}\int_V\rho\mathbf u\,dV=-\oint_S\left(\rho\mathbf ...
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Equation derivation for skipping rocks

oWhy can rocks skip over water? For instance, if you conduct an experiment where you drop both rocks from the same height, but give one considerable acceleration in the x direction, one will fall in ...
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Difference between a tap and a hosepipe

When the flow of water through a tap is blocked by the fingers, the water does not increase in velocity whereas the velocity of water increases when the same is done tp a hosepipe. Both involve the ...
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How does a converging-diverging nozzle not violate conservation of energy?

Disclaimer: I know absolutely nothing about fluid dynamics, and very little about physics in general. THis may be a really dumb question. Now, at subsonic speeds, converging and diverging nozzles ...
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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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Magnus effect, Coanda effect, and the Bernoulli principle: What is balancing gravity on a spinning sphere vs. a stationary screwdriver?

I've seen videos of golf balls and screwdrivers levitated by a focused air stream. Reading the comments of these videos (and others), I see explanations of the machanics at work and their cause and ...
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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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Can we reduce a hurricane's power using wind turbines?

Below is the abstract of an article in Nature: Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines, describing computer simulations that indicate that wind turbines could disrupt a hurricane ...
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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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Velocity change of air down a cone?

Does the velocity of fluids(specifically gasses) change when traveling down a cone from the wide opening to the narrow opening? If so, is there an equation used to calculate the acceleration or ...
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Flow in diverging channel is unstable according to Bernoulli's equation

So let's say we have a circular pipe with a variable cross section with an inviscid incompressible fluid flowing through it. The areas of the two ends are $A_1$ and and $A_2$. Let's say we also ...
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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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Strong and weak turbulence

As far as I understand, in general, turbulence describes the process of transfer of energy from a large scale, at which a system is perturbed, to a small scale, where dissipation happens. At ...
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Why does the vortex form in the von Karman Vortex Street?

Why does the vortex form in the von Karman Vortex Street? So far I have this for the reasoning: 'It occurs when a fluid flows around a cylindrical object. The pressure on a fluid particle rises to ...
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Calculating the drag force provided by a laminar flow [duplicate]

If I drop a ball into viscous fluid (e.g. oil), by calculation I know that the fluid flow is laminar. So which equation do I need to calculate the drag force provided by fluid? The drag equation, ...
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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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What is the mystery of turbulence?

One of the great unsolved problems in physics is turbulence but I'm not too clear what the mystery is. Does it mean that the Navier-Stokes equations don't have any turbulent phenomena even if we solve ...
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About turbulence modeling

I have some questions about this paper: Lagrangian/Hamiltonian formalism for description of Navier-Stokes fluids. R. J. Becker. Phys. Rev. Lett. 58 no. 14 (1987), pp. 1419-1422. After reading ...
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What is the critical diameter ratio of a cone shaped reducer before air overflows

Let's assume we have a cone shaped cylindrical reducer with $D_1$ inlet and $D_2$ outlet diameter (funnel). Air flows through it with velocity $v_1$ at inlet and $v_2$ at outlet. With the velocity ...
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What stops giant cruise ships toppling over in rough seas?

A week ago, 2 of the most gigantic cruise ships in the world docked near my city. If you have seen one, or been on one, you will know how large they are. They look extremely unsafe to me, although ...
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How does vasoconstriction/vasodilation of arterioles change blood pressure?

Background: I am coming at this question from an electrical engineering background, and I feel like I am missing certain assumptions that are going into the statement found in my physiology textbook, ...
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Breaking the sound barrier underwater

Theoretically, if I were to launch something faster than the speed of sound in water (around 5 times that of air), what would happen?
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Mechanics around a rail tank wagon

Some time ago I came across a problem which might be of interest to the physics.se, I think. The problem sounds like a homework problem, but I think it is not trivial (i am still thinking about it): ...
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Why do I sink then float in a swimming pool?

Was swimming this morning and observed something strange: if I stop treading water, hold my legs together, arms pressed against my sides, then I sink to about 3m below the surface, and then rise again ...
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Could a Jumbo Jet aircraft fly on paper wings?

My dad was an airline pilot and, during his training, his instructor told him that, in absolutely ideal conditions, (in practice obviously impossible) that the actual material composing the wing ...
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The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring?

This picture is from this YouTube video from "Physics Girl", which shows how you can generate vortices in a swimming pool by using a plate: And there she explains the creation of the shaded circle ...
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9-point stencil “equivalent” for advection equation

So I inherited from some people a code that solves the advection-diffusion-reaction equation for a particular system. The original code was first implemented in 1D which worked fine in cartesian ...
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Landau's Ideal fluild one dimentional flow equation

There is a similar Phys.SE question here, but I still didn't get the idea. The problem is: Write down the equations for one-dimensional motion of an ideal fluid in terms of the variables $a$ and ...
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What is the cause for turbulence?

The transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow is usually told interms of Reynolds numbers. The Reynolds number is $Re=UL/\nu$ where $U$ is the speed, $L$ is dimensional length and $\nu$ is the ...
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No diffusion term in conservation of mass in Navier-Stokes equations?

I have followed derivations of the Navier-Stokes equations and I can see how the various terms arise in the "main equation", the momentum conservation equation. However I don't understand why the ...
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Why and how strong are currents near ship side?

I read reports of people drowned swimming in rivers near medium-sized boats or flat-bottom barges. The idea is that an anchored ship stands still, and the surface current (which goes exactly along it ...
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Viscosity, bubbles and (super)fluids

3-part question, but I think it's simple enough... Does the tendency for cavitation in a fluid depend on its viscosity? If so what does this imply for superfluids, having 0 viscosity? And for that ...
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Pressure gradient - derivation for air stream

I need help clarifying the statement made here that $$dp = l\frac{dp}{dx}$$ $\frac{dp}{dx}$ is an infinitely small change in pressure at some point x. $dp$ is the total change in pressure between ...
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Why is there a pressure drop across a Kaplan turbine?

The Kaplan turbine is an inward flow reaction turbine, which means that the working fluid changes its static pressure as it moves through the turbine and gives up energy. But how does this pressure ...
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How does fluid velocity affect the dissolution of some solute in the fluid?

Suppose we have a perfect sphere of some solute such as sugar and we place it in a fluid such as water, at a certain temperature, that is not moving. It will dissolve and diffuse into the water due to ...
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When an object plunges into water, what is the maximum height a droplet from splash can reach?

I cleaned up the kitty litter just some minutes ago. When I threw the products of our 7kg cat into the toilet bowl, the broth splashed and one drop went straight into my eye. yuk. Here come the ...
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What's wrong with this argument that aerodynamic lift really does rely on Bernoulli? [duplicate]

There is a grade-school explanation of how a wing works that goes approximately like this (although I'm leaving out an erroneous bit): Because of the geometry of the way the wing meets the air, ...
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Does a whirlpool(vortex in water) continue in air(vortex in air),and when does a vortex stop?

First part: The question is both about the continuity of the water vortex(whirlpool) to vortex in air in time and in space. About continuity in time,does the vortex of the water slowly produce a ...