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

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How does a Venturi Injector comply with energy conservation?

How does a Venturi Injector comply with energy conservation? When the water flow enters the narrower cross section its velocity increases and its pressure decreases. When the pressure gets lower ...
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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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Integrating pressure over a surface

Consider the 2D airfoil below. In engineering (and maybe physics) you will often see something like the following as an expression for the pressure force acting on a surface (in this case a curve ...
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Is this a case of the “venturi effect”? What's behind the “Venturi effect” actually?

Some dinghy sailboats have a hole in the bottom of their deck used to automatically bail out water after a capsize. bailer of the laser sailoat The mechanism only works if the boat is moving. The ...
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Would a solution to the Navier-Stokes Millennium Problem have any practical consequences?

I know the problem is especially of interest to mathematicians, but I was wondering if a solution to the problem would have any practical consequences. Upon request: this is the official problem ...
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Field strength tensor for locomotion at low Reynolds number

Recently I've been studying locomotion at low Reynolds number. I already asked here about the computation of the gauge potential. Now I have a more objective question, which arose when reading the ...
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Why the field strength tensor for locomotion at low Reynolds number may be written like that?

I've been studying locomotion at low Reynolds number for some time now and it has been a quite tough problem. I've already asked two questions about the problem here, and now there is this question ...
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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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Alternative to Naphthalene Sublimation

I work in a wind tunnel that uses Naphthalene for flow visualization. Specifically we use it to see the location of transition from laminar to turbulent flow. We mix it with acetone and spray it on ...
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How do I calculate the energy balance of a trompe?

I was quite fascinated by the concept of an ancient type of air compressor, called a trompe. It entrains air bubbles into a falling stream of water via the Venturi effect, and extracts the air at a ...
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Why do turbine engines work?

I know roughly how a turbine engine (let's say a gas turbine producing no jet thrust) is supposed to work: The compressor forces fresh air into a combustion chamber, where it reacts with fuel to ...
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Question about Elon Musk's Hyperloop Suspension [closed]

So one of the proposed suspension systems that will be used on the hyperloop include the externally pressurised air cushions. These cushions lift (or atleast help lift) the capsule and reduce drag ...
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meteorite-like impact of a drop of yogurt

When I throw a drop of Yogurt (through spoon) into a dish of Yogurt, it caused something like a meteor hitting the earth and something occurs similar to the place a meteor hitting the earth(Barringer ...
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Interaction between body and fluid

I'm trying to understand locomotion of bodies in fluids with low Reynolds number and I'm having a hard time to understand the interactions between the body and the fluid. Suppose $D\subset ...
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Is a venturi pump feasible at very low pressure?

I need assistance (or experience feedback) in estimating if a Venturi pump would work at low pressure. A boiler under vacuum (10% atmosphere) will produce steam (at a given speed depending on the ...
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Is it possible to generate one half of a Karman Vortex Street?

The Karman Vortex Street is a type of phenomenon which is generally illustrated by examples in which a long, solid, smooth circular cylinder moves at constant velocity through a fluid. The long axis ...
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Rayleigh-Taylor Instability dependence on acceleration direction

I'm trying to bolster my understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and I've gotten stuck on the point of which fluid (more or less dense) is being accelerated into the other. Cases of uniform ...
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Cleaning a dirty jar [duplicate]

I would like to wash the inside of an almost empty cylindric jar on whose walls there are remains of a sticky substance such as peanut butter. I do this by filling it up with water and then shaking ...
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Perfect fluid and Cauchy momentum equation

The stress-energy tensor of a perfect fluid is given by $$T^{\mu\nu}=\left(\rho+pc^{-2}\right)u^\mu u^\nu+pg^{\mu\nu}$$ The divergence of the stress-energy tensor is zero: $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$. ...
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Sedimentation at the bottom of a vessel

At the moment I'm studying the sedimentation of suspensions. There is a lot of literature discussing the physics behind this processes (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4). Most of the sources I found study only the ...
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Why can't the Navier Stokes equations be derived from first principle physics?

At the 109th UCLA Faculty Research lecture, Seth Putterman gave a talk on Sonoluminescence. During the lecture he emphasized that "The Navier Stokes equations cannot be derived from first principles ...
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Flow Rate Calculation from a drain tank through a pipe [duplicate]

I want to know how to calculate the flowrate (Q) of a drain tank flowing through a pipe (see the figure below) All I know is that Q=Velocity(V) x Area (A) V= sqrt(2*g*H)=sqrt(2*9.81*10)=14m/s. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?