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

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Rotating droplet of liquid

I'm interested in the fluid dynamics of a spherical droplet of liquid whose surface is forced to rotate at a constant velocity. I'm interested in either steady-state solutions (the internal flow ...
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Why does a container with fluid make different sounds at different fluid levels?

Have you ever noticed that when you are filling a container with fluid. As it approaches the top, it makes a different sound? You can tell by listening when your about to reach the top. Why is this?
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Water Moving Through Coffee Grinds

Like many of my peers, I rely on coffee as if it were prescribed to me. It might even be classified as an addiction if it weren't for the cultural norms surrounding a cup of coffee or tea in the ...
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Why would oscillation of a gas column inhibit rather than promote mixing?

Many years ago I helped to support an experiment conducted in Japan which investigated the effects of high frequency oscillation ventilation (HFOV) on the mixing and distribution of gas into the ...
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How to stop water flow in a siphon?

I have assembled a small DIY drip-irrigation system for my terrace garden. Please have a look at the attached image. I switch on a small pump to start the drip-irrigation system and then switch it ...
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Flow through a rifled pipe

In turbulent flow the friction is inertial for the most part: the chaotic flow causes the fluid in the faster moving center to interchange randomly with the fluid near the edge. This eventually allows ...
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Silicone tube with three holes, flow rate, pressure

I have a silicone tube -- a saline solution flows in from one end, and then flows out of three holes of equal diameter and equal distance from each other that are along the side of the tube. What can ...
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Effect of wall friction on stagnation pressure and temperature

We have incompressible air flowing through a cylindrical pipe, from section A to section B. The process is considered to be stationary. My theory book says that, because of the frictional losses on ...
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Application of Stoke's Law

I was looking at Stoke's law and it says that you use it to calculate the drag force on a sphere passing through a fluid. Can i also use this equation to calculate the drag force on a car going ...
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Non-linear waves and shock formation

In the cases of non-linear acoustics, why is shock formation unlikely when the dispersion is strong when compared to the non-linearity of the wave?
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Can drag force and lift force be in the same direction in the following case?

In the attached picture, can I say that there is a lift force in the Y-direction, and a drag force too in the same Y-direction? $F_L$ proportional to $V_fx^2$ ? $F_D$ proportional to $V_py^2$ ? Is ...
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Intuitive explanation for lower pressure above airfoil

From Bernoulli's principle we know for an incompressible fluid (constant density $\rho$) in a gravitational potential $\psi=gz$, that we can state the equation along a streamline from point 1 to point ...
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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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Entropy and vacuums

If I have a vacuum (completely devoid of any particles; Q.M. effects aside), then turn a nozzle and let a gas freely expand into the vacuum, will I have increased the entropy of the vacuum? I get ...
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Is drag force in the direction of particle motion or opposite to motion?

Suppose water is flowing in horizontal direction (positive $x$-direction) and a particle immersed in that water is also moving in the same direction. In this case, is the drag force $F_D$ in the ...
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effect of opening the barrier between a tube with one side pressurized and the other side a vacuum

What would happen when a tube with an air space pressurized to 500 atm by the water exerted at 5 km below the surface was opened into a vacuum chamber rising up 5 km to the surface? The bottom of the ...
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What is the total velocity/force on a particle in fluid?

I am now facing a fluid-particle interaction problem. I would like to simulate particle motion in a fluid. I do know the external force acting on a particle (dielectrophoretic force in this case) ...
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Trouble understanding a formula in Turbulence

I'm very new to turbulence.I'm reading this book on "Turbulence: An introduction for scientist and Engineers" by Davidson. I came across this formula for energy dissipation. This is in chapter one. I ...
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Bent capillary tube

What would happen if I bend a capillary tube and use it as shown in figure? 1.Will the water(or any other adhesive liquid) level remain same as before bending? 2.or it will come up till end? 3.Or ...
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Fluid dynamics tsunami

I have been given a energy head (pressure) in meters for a given tsunami on land. If the tsunami hits a wall 1 meter by 1 meter, is it possible to calculate the height it will reach. I am thinking it ...
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Physics behind blowing soap bubbles

Is it possible, using the surface tension of a soap bubble, to calculate the maximum pressure (created by the air flow) it can withstand while still attached to the orifice to prevent it from ...
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Physical explanation of Pascal’s Law

I have a problem with physical explanation of Pascal’s Law. For example, when I was teaching my sister (a high school student) about force transmitting by a rope, I said her: “In a very simplified ...
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Probability of Millikan's drop gaining or losing charge during the experiment

I performed Millikan's experiment with latex drops. I did not get the "step graph" that I wanted (though the precision of the experiment was really bad as seen in the figure). My first drop is ...
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Fluid Mechanics: Stream Function for Axisymmetric flow

I have problem in understanding the result of stream function in Axisymmetric 3D flow: I know that the result is (for spherical coordinates): ...
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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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What is the real cause of the boiling (forming of bubbles) of water?

I've got a question about the boiling of water. I'm a first year physics student and from the Netherlands. I've searched alot about the boiling of water and this confused me. Everyone said something ...
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Navier-Stokes Energy Equation

I've been assigned (for homework in a mathematical modelling course) the task of deriving the Navier-Stokes energy equation in one space dimension: Consider a fluid flowing through a cylindrical ...
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Hourglass fluid mechanics issue with Bernoulli's equation

I know that I'm thinking about this problem wrong, but I've been pondering it for a while and can't understand something. On my fluid mech. exam I had a problem that asked to determine the radius of ...
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How would an increase in temperature affect ooblek's (non newtonian fluid) viscosity?

Due to the fact that Ooblek (cornstarch and water), contains so much water and from what I understand it is non newtonian due to the particles suspended in it, would it therefore be correct to say ...
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can water falling/running down in pipe cause suction capable of creating a continuous flow

can water falling under gravity create suction force and if so, how much force..if i put a huge strong tank on top of a hill and on top there is a tap connected to a huge body, then i put a another ...
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Bernoulli Equation for isentropic ideal gas flow

If one derives the Bernoulli Equation for the isentropic ideal gas flow you get: $$ \frac{1}{2}v^2 + g z + \left(\frac{\kappa}{\kappa -1} \right) \frac{p}{\rho} = const. $$ Two questions: Is ...
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A question about droplets formation

This picture shows a fuel ejector of a diesel engine that propels ships. When the fuel line pressure exceeds 380 bars, the tension of the spring is overcomed and fuel is ejected into the combustion ...
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Maximum hole size to stop a fluid passing through a solid

In a previous question, the following is answered in a general sense: Assume I have a inverse cone which holds 200ml water. I am going to cut the tip of the cone to create a small hole. How to ...
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Explanation of the waves on the water planet in the movie Interstellar?

We will ignore some of the more obvious issues with the movie and assume all other things are consistent to have fun with some of these questions. Simple [hopefully] Pre-questions: 1) If the water ...
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how to choose characteristic length in reynolds number [duplicate]

now reynolds number for a system is defined as follows $$Re=\frac{\rho*u*L}{\mu}$$ where $L$ is the characteristic length. I am wondering how this $L$ is decided (in case of flat plate it is $x$ ...
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Approximating the pressure drop for a centrifugal fan/blower

Is it possible to approximate the pressure drop for a centrifugal fan by using the fan's characteristics, the airflow, and the speed at which the fluid is being ejected? Would it be possible to adapt ...
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Can the Arcaboard fly?

Recently, BBC news had a video that claimed to show a "real" hoverboard: As far as I can tell, there are 36 small fans on this device, and it seems to be flying just a few inches off the ground. ...
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Convective heat transfer coefficients - how do you calculate them?

How do you calculate (or otherwise determine) h_i and h_o (convective heat transfer coefficients) for a heat exchanger? Standard thermodynamics equation below for reference. My specific situation ...
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Do you need to increase pressure to pump a fluid from a large pipe through a small pipe?

The application of this question is towards clogged arteries and blood flow. I am wondering why people with clogged arteries have high blood pressure if a smaller artery (assuming it is smooth and ...
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Calculating Pressure in Lattice Boltzman Equation

I'm new to the LBE, but have been finding them very helpful for doing some fluid dynamics simulations. I was wondering how pressure would be calculated. I'm guessing this is quite easy, but it's ...
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Why jets entrain mass?

This very beautiful picture shows a jet of fuel in the combustion chamber of a diesel engine. Does anydody could explain me what is the physical reason that the jet entrains air? Why jets and plumes ...
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velocity of water exiting a 20 m hole at the bottom of water column 5000 m in height

What would be the velocity of water exiting a tube that has a height of 5000 m from a hole with a diameter of 20 m at the bottom, if the height of the water remains constant at 5000 m? Would it be ...
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Inertial force of fluids [duplicate]

Reynold's number is the ratio of inertial force to viscous force.I also know the definition of inertial force.but where does a fluid get this force from?what are the factors responsible for this ...
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Equations describing a counterflow heat exchanger [closed]

One of my experiments has a water-cooled apparatus. I plan on building a heat exchanger to keep the apparatus cool. However, I am not very good at thermodynamics and could use a hand. Also, from a ...
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What is the psi at the bottom of different tubes filled with water filled at the same height

if I have a 1 inch square tube with 144 feet of water I know I have about 63 pounds of water (63lbs ft**3) and 63 psi at the bottoms off the tube. If I have a 1/4 inch sq tube filled with water at ...
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Fluid Mechanics Paradox

This is a deceptively simple problem in fluid mechanics that I can't quite figure out because it produces a paradox. Suppose that there is a straw and a small column of water inside the straw, such ...
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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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Submerged water jet

I am trying to calculate at what pressure and speed water from a high pressure water jet will hit an object 100 millimeters away from the nozzle opening, but i can't figure it out. The nozzle will ...
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Why does the higher pressure of air underneath an aeroplane wing keep it flying?

With aeroplane flight, the wings are shaped so that the air that goes over the top of the wing has to travel faster than the air that goes below the wing. This means that the air below the wing has ...