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

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Why is there no upper-bound on power-efficiency of Hydro-turbines?

We have Betz's law, an upper bound on power efficiency, for wind-turbines. But there is no theoretical upper limit on hydro-turbines, Why this is so? Is it mainly due to the incompressibility of ...
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Are Normal Stress Differences in Newtonian Fluids Equal?

I was reading about normal stress differences in the context of Non-Newtonian fluids. There was a remark that the normal stress differences in Non-Newtonian fluids are not equal whereas the normal ...
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What is the exact cause of flow separation in a viscous fluid?

I recently got into a lengthy debate about the exact nature of boundary layer separation. In common parlance, we have a tendency to talk about certain geometries as being too "sharp" for a viscous ...
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Similarities between laminar-turbulence transition and others like BCS-BEC crossover, quark-hadron transition etc

From my limited readings on fluid dynamics, my understanding is that as the system changes from near-laminar flows to full turbulence, the dimensionless Reynolds number changes from $ R << 1$ to ...
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Bernoulli Equation and Flow in a pipe - paradox

I am studying Bernoulli equation and am facing a problem. The Bernoulli equation is applicable along a streamline and in steady flow condition (I guess this condition is to make sure it can be applied ...
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Is there an equation to calculate the average speed of liquid molecules?

I seem to remember from first year physics that we can calculate the RMS speed of a stationary, ideal gas with $v=\sqrt{\frac{3RT}{M}}$. Does a similar equation exist for liquids?
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What causes the 'tears' in yoghurt drinks?

Fluid dynamical instabilities are present in many different everyday things. The famous tears in wine for example are a classical example of a Marangoni effect, where surface tension gradients due to ...
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When rotating a liquid-filled jar what determines how much force goes to spinning the specimen floating inside?

Another way of stating it: When you have leaves in a (cylindrical) tea cup, if you rotate the cup (eg clockwise), the leaves largely stay in place relative to the table, but spin clockwise a little. ...
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Could you blow up a barrel (closed container) using a straw and water?

Imagine you fill up a barrel with water (or any other liquid) dig a small hole at the top and place a sufficiently large straw in it, so that there is no pressure loss or anything. Then you start to ...
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Upward bouyant forces?

When an object is submerged in a fluid (e.g., water), there is a pressure on the object due to weight of water by p=mgh, but why is there an upward buoyant force?
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An equivalent for the Bernoulli equation for viscous liquids

I was wondering whether there is any equation for viscous liquids (probably derived from energy and mass conservation principles) relating the pressure, rate of volume flow, area of cross section and ...
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Snowmaking in the tropics - an estimate of water evaporation

If I set up a snowmaker in the tropics and sprayed water with it how much water would I evaporate? How would I calculate?
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Stop Motion 3D model of airflow over an airfoil

I am looking for a 3D stop motion image of air represented as molecules over a wing. Does anyone know where I can find an image that I can build a model from?
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Analogy between fluid dynamics and electromagnetism

I've been reading a set of notes (Chapter 13 of Caltech Ph 136 notes from 2004, by Blandford and Thorne) that draw an analogy between fluid dynamics and electromagnetism, identifying the magnetic ...
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How to calculate differential pressure

A ventilator fan mounted on the wall of an air tight room(except for an air intake with a given cross sectional area) is blowing air out of the room. If air displacement rate of the fan is given(CFM ...
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Kolmogorov/Energy spectrum for turbulent boundary layer

Previously, I have calculated energy spectrum for 3D isotropic turbulent flow data which is equally spaced in all three directions and then to compute the energy spectrum, one performs Fourier ...
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Poseuille number for flat channel?

For a flat channel with fully developed flow, the Poseuille number when using the hydraulic diameter is $$Po=C_fRe_{D_{H}}=24$$ But when using 2b as the length scale, the Poseuille number is ...
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Pressure in Fluids,in particular horizontal pressure

I am not sure about the pressure existing in fluids.If the vertical pressure acts due to gravity and the atmospheric pressure since it also changes due to height also acts due to gravity then why is ...
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How come water in a cup won't shoot out of a straw placed inside it?

I've been learning about pressure and fluid dynamics, and I've stumbled onto a problem. Say you have a straw in a cup. The surface area of the water in the cup is much greater than that of the straw. ...
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Helium and its unique behaviour

It is said that helium is lighter than air. What does that exactly mean ? If it is lighter than air,then there should be absolutely no trace of helium in earth's atmosphere(it should have flown into ...
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Why can, or can not, a perfectly incompressible fluid exist?

Water is normally assumed to be an incompressible fluid - for example in the context of calculations involving water pressure. I wondered whether that is strictly true, or an approximation? Later I ...
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Can a solid object float on a frictionless liquid?

Assuming the solid is less dense than the liquid, will a solid object float on a frictionless liquid? I can imagine that due to the pressure gradient the object will float, but I can also imagine ...
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Microscopic source of pressure in an incompressible fluid

The pressure of a fluid can be explained microscopically in terms of molecules bouncing off the walls of a container. The molecules have a certain mass and speed, so when they bounce they transfer a ...
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Conserved quantities and total derivatives?

I am having a bit of a crisis in understanding of the physical meanings of total derivatives. When a quantity $\rho$ (be it a vector or a scalar) is said to be conserved, then (mathematically) ...
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Why aren't airplanes like golf balls?

Ok this is a silly question but here it goes Although it is good to have a laminar flow of the air around the object for low drag but the laminar flow is prone the phenomena called separation (sounds ...
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Has this boundary condition been used in fluid flow?

I would like to know whether anyone has seen a boundary condition used in a fluid flow problem, of the following type. Suppose viscous incompressible fluid is to the left of a plane $x_1=a$, so the ...
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Relationship between the fall time and projected area

I am investigating the relationship between the fall time of a paper tray and its projected area. In this investigation I have been using the following variables: Controlled Variable: The air ...
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What is meant by incompressible flow?

What is meant by incompressible flow? The density of the fluid is a constant, $\rho = constant$ The density of a fluid has a spatial dependence but remains constant in time, $\rho = ...
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Probability distribution in phase space and Liouville's theorem?

We can define a probability distribution over phase space (say 1D) $\rho(x,p)$ such that, for example, $$\langle x\rangle = \int x \rho(x,p) dxdp$$ etc. It can be shown here that such a distribution ...
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Sum of forces with liquid in rotation

It's not homework (I'm teacher). I would like to compute sum of forces on this study : The shape is symmetrical like that I'm sure the center of gravity is in the center of the shape. I compute ...
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Steady flow in fluid dynamics?

Steady flow is the condition in which the flow velocity profile does not vary with time. Mathematically this is translated to $\frac{\partial \mathbf{v}}{\partial t} = 0$, for example in the ...
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Can one pump water without providing an external source of energy? [closed]

I have a farm situated right beside a canal through which we use to get water for our crops. I am not financially sound to buy an electric motor. The water is 15ft below the ground level. So can ...
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Integrating the divergence of a velocity field (Fluid Mechanics)

I'm looking more for verification of my answer as I'm not 100% sure how valid my integration is here: If I have a 2-D incompressible fluid velocity field given by ...
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When pressure is exerted on parallel hydraulic pistons, do they start extending at the same time?

If there are two hydraulic cylinders connected in parallel, each with a different load (shown in the picture below), will they start extending at the same time? I'm having a disagreement with my ...
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Why does a nuclear explosion have directionality?

It just occurred to me that almost all images I've seen of the (in)famous mushroom cloud show a vertical column rising perpendicular to the ground and a horizontal planar ring parallel to the ground. ...
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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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Curvilinear coordinate system around body of revolution

In Boundary-Layer Theory by Schlichting he gives the boundary-layer equations for a body of revolution according to the paper by Boltze$^1$. Unfortunately, this paper is in German. He apparently uses ...
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What is the difference between mechanical and thermodynamic pressure?

To start with I know thermodynamics deals with processes at equilibrium. Hence the thermodynamic pressure should most likely be the pressure of a fluid at equilibrium. I'm not sure if a fluid flow ...
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Does water turn solid under deep ocean because of high pressure?

I know that we can make water solid with high pressure, so I think water will be solid in the deep ocean? If that is true, the depth of the ocean would be limited because water will become ice? ...
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Center of mass of a cylinder from which liquid is flowing out

A cylindrical container is of mass M, radius R and height H. The cylinder is filled with a liquid of density D. The base of the cylinder has an outlet tap of radius r through which the liquid can flow ...
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What is the body force in the Navier Stokes Equations?

The incompressible Navier Stokes equations are: $\rho(\frac{\partial v_i}{\partial t} + v_j\frac{\partial v_i}{\partial x_j}) = -\frac{\partial p}{\partial x_i} + \mu\frac{\partial^2 u_i}{\partial ...
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Why does (potential) fluid flow bend around a solid surface in the flow?

Potential flow obeys Laplace's equation with certain boundary conditions (i.e. no fluid penetrates the solid body in flow, and far away from the body, the flow is uniform with a given velocity and ...
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woven appearance of water-streams by the side of the street

It's pretty rainy in Boston now, and there are streams of water by the sides of the street. Why do they have a 'woven' appearance? What's the formal name for this kind of fluid flow? With lots of ...
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Looking for the name of a physical phenomenon in fluids' mechanics

I have not even an idea about how I would search for that on Google, that is why I'm trying my chance here. As electrical engineer I have no clue about fluid mechanics. We all now that when water is ...
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How come a whistling kettle starts whistling only when water boils, and not long before - due to hot air escaping under pressure?

A whistling kettle will start to whistle when the water boils and turns into a jet of steam which then exits the small aperture in the spout. But why doesn't this happen much earlier - when the air ...
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How does throttling effect the upstream flow?

Let's assume we have a simple duct with a fan (compressor) situated somewhere along it. The fan runs at the same speed always. At the end of the duct, downstream of the fan, there is a throttle valve. ...
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If the MH370 black box did sink to 15000 ft, how long would it have taken?

I have been following MH370 on the news just as everyone and latest reports seem to indicate that the black-box could be found. A recent info-graphic http://t.co/lyBBE9C2hF shows the insurmountable ...
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Constant mass flux in fluid dynamics?

OK so I am having a conceptual crisis about Hydrodynamics. 1) Since mass should be conserved, is $\frac{dm}{dt}=0$ ? 2) But I know that the formula $\rho_1u_1A_1 = \rho_2u_2A_2$ exists... and ...
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Incompressiblity and speed of sound

I have read that usually if the speed of a fluid is much lower than the speed of sound (in that medium) then it can be treated as an incompressible fluid. Where does this condition come from? Is it ...
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Viscosity tensor in Navier-Stokes equation?

In my Hydrodynamics notes the viscosity term in the Navier-Stokes equation is of the form: $$ \nabla\cdot(\underline{\underline{h}}\cdot\nabla)\mathbf{u} $$ where $\underline{\underline{h}}$ is the ...