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

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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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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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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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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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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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What cools a drink?

When you stick ice in a drink, AFAICT (the last physics I took was in high school) two things cool the drink:The ice, being cooler than the drink, gets heat transferred to it from the drink (Newton's ...
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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 ...
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Stress-energy-momentum tensor

In Wald's General Relativity, he writes on pg 61 For an observer with 4-velocity $v^a$, the component $T_{ab}v^a v^b$ is interpreted as the energy density, i.e. the mass-energy per unit volume, as ...
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Evolution of minimization of surface tension

What are governing equations (or/and variational principles) for evolution of a simply connected body of water in vacuum? Initial state - for time $t=0$ we have a bounded simply connected set ...
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Modeling Water Surface Impact

I have a project that is to model the wave equation in a pond due to a pebble being thrown in. The project is quite simple as all we really have to model is the wave equation with an initial ...
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Minimum amount of fluid to experience turbulence?

Turbulence is a challenge to model and simulate: "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the ...
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Can silicon droplets bouncing on a vibrating surface be a model for Quantum Mechanics?

In this video on youtube it is claimed that silicon droplets bouncing on a vibrating surface show behaviour in analogy to particle/wave duality in Quantum Mechanics. Is this true? Did they ...
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Does vortex shedding exist along the surface of an object?

Vortex shedding occurs due to the detachment of flow. The typical example is for the oscillating wake behind a cylinder, and has a frequency related to the size of the object. I want to know, if a ...
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Time taken in changing surface tension [closed]

I had read some where that the water in glasses has a high surface tension, but in lota (It is sort of a spherical container) the surface tension is lower. How can I measure the water surface ...
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How to model a rising helium balloon?

I'm trying to model the ascent of a helium filled weather balloon from 0km to 25km altitude. The plan is to eventually use a python script to calculate the time taken to reach 25km. However, I don't ...
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Can a long pipe stop the flow of a liquid from a pump?

If a pump is discharging a fluid into a pipe, is it possible to add a long enough pipe such that the flow of the liquid will be stopped and none will come out of the open end of the pipe?
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Speed of liquid being blocked at end of pipe

How fast would water go if at the end of of a 1 inch diameter pipe was closed by a valve? The system is as follows: 5 meter high source of water that feeds a 1 in pipe. The pipe goes straight down ...
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Vortex Air Intake

Why is a vortex air intake in an engine cause the fuel to burn more efficiently within a vehicle. Why is this more efficient.
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Measuring cross-section area of a flexible tube (5mm dia approx)

I want to measure the avg. inner cross-section area of a flexible tube of outer diameter 5mm. Since the cross-section isn't a circle exactly, use of vernier caliper to measure inner diameter fails. ...
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The velocity of a cloud?

I noticed an unusually fast moving cloud this morning. My questions: What is the average velocity of a cloud on Earth? What is the greatest ever recorded cloud velocity? What factors affect the ...
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Consequences of tensor form due to various symmetries

I'm reading a paper on 2D hydrodynamics, specifically on the drag of a rod in a 2D fluid. It is a low-Reynolds number regime, therefore linear hydrodynamics and the velocity of the rod can be ...
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Non-unique pressure for Navier-Stokes for incompressible fluid

The Navier-Stokes system for incompressible fluid says $$ \begin{aligned} \dot{\mathbf{u}} + (\mathbf{u}\cdot\nabla)\mathbf{u}-\nu\Delta\mathbf{u}+\nabla{p} &= 0,\\ \nabla\cdot\mathbf{u}&=0. ...
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Propeller Force & Momentum

An air stream is created by a propeller at velocity $\nu = 93.6\frac{m}{s}$ To calculate force applied by the propeller I used this formula: $$F=\frac{1}{2}\rho\nu^2A$$ where: $\rho = 1.29 ...
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Does space have a “radiation pressure” caused by subatomic particles?

If space is not actually a void, then there's something shooting around in it, I'm guessing a lot like molecules in a gas. Could we apply a $(PV/T = k)$ -like gas law to it. Obviously we're not ...
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Streamlines for steady flow problem

I need to calculate the streamlines for the steady flow given by the velocity field $$\mathbf{u}=(u,v,w) = \left( 0,\frac{y}{y^2 +z^2} , \frac{z}{y^2 +z^2}\right)$$ Now I've been able to notice that ...
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Tsunami dampening mechanisms

Encouraged by the zeitgeist let me ask the following: Is it feasible (now or in the future) to build systems a certain distance of a vulnerable coastline which can serve to dampen a tsunami before it ...
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What causes drag in a fluid?

What causes resistance of an object to motion within a fluid like water? Please explain to me the molecular dynamics of the situation.
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Water falling, why does it spin?

I have noticed that water, when falling will rotate. Looking closely at a thin stream from a faucet and placing a flat object mid stream you will see the water is rotating. The further down the stream ...
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Home experiment question

I want to make a home experiment where I roughly explain the phenomenon of water remaining in a straw if you close one end of the straw. So I'm thinking that the weight of the water is pulling it ...
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In the formula for the mass of a drop of water on the end of a tube, is r internal or external radius?

In the formula for the mass $m$ of a drop of water forming on the end of a vertical capillary tube, $$m = \frac{2\pi r \gamma}{g},$$ does $r$ refer to the internal or external radius of the ...
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What's the shocks mach number in this specific problem?

The shock wave I'm interested in occurs for a special Riemann problem, known as 1D Noh's problem. It means basically that two streams of air (equal density) are colliding at $x = 0$ for $t = 0$; I ...
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Translation symmetry and the non-conserved momentum in Viscous fluids

Even though a viscous fluid has a translation symmetry (invariance) for its Lagrangian , it still 'waste' Linear momentum. How come ?, isn't the rule that every symmetry yields a conservation law ?
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Backspin in outer space i.e. in a liquid with no viscosity: not changing direction?

No viscosity means no friction between neighbouring particles. I think outer space is such a place. So a golfball or a tennis ball traveling in space with a large spinning such as backspin would not ...
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Reducing the Tsunami impact using Nuclear bombs [duplicate]

I am a novice on this topic. However, I wonder if we use nuclear bombs against the tsunami, will it reduce the speed and impact of the tsunami. Is it possible to break the massive wall of waves using ...
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Why is the water on one side of a bridge choppy?

My daily commute take me across the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge on Lake Washington. I have noticed on several occasions that the water on the southern side of the bridge will be quite choppy ...
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How much force is required to compress air?

How much force (Newtons) is required to compress normal air in a chamber to 2 atm? For example, if I had a sealed piston pump, how much force would need to be exerted in order for the air to be ...
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How quickly does air return to a vacuum chamber?

I know there are a lot of variables that affect how quickly this would occur. Any information on the topic would be highly appreciated. For sake of argument, lets say 1 square foot chamber, lets say ...
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Is there any connection between “Lagrangian and Eulerian formalism of fluid” and “Heisenberg and Shrodinger picture”

Is there any connection between "Lagrangian and Eulerian formalism of fluid" and "Heisenberg and Shrodinger picture of Quantum mechanics"? Thanks!
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Have I calculated the air flow of this fan correctly?

To calculate air flow capacity of a fan in cubic feet per minute (cfm): multiply the average air speed you measured in feet/minute (fpm) by the area of the fan face in square feet. (Area of circle =þ ...
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Atmospheric heating and the reduction in viscosity

The oceans are becoming less viscous as they are heated. I'd imagine a similar effect is likely occurring in the atmosphere as well. What, if any, effect would this reduction of viscosity have on ...
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What is sound in terms of acoustic sources?

Sound is nothing more than small amplitude, unsteady pressure perturbations that propagate as a longitudinal wave from a region in space which created it (called the source region) into a quiescent ...
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Water Level and Pipe Widths

I ran into a bit of physics yesterday, and couldn't understand the physics at work. I've been scouring the Internet, but haven't found the answer yet. I'm guessing there's a basic principle I'm ...
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free falling object with air resistance?

we already know that if we plot speed vs time of free falling object it will be y=gx graph because we know the acceleration is gravity. If it have air-resistance acceleration will be change right?. ...
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Shear stress in directions other than the flow direction

Consider the flow of a newtonian fluid in a rectangular pipe. Consider a 3D coordinate system with the property that.that the flow of the fluid in the pipe is parallel to the x-axis. Let ...
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Can an extremely small force lift a mountain in a hydraulic system? If not, then why not?

As you see in the picture, a car can be lifted with a small force F1. Here it is shown that 'F1 . A1 = F2 . A2'. What will happen if A1 is of the size of a pin's cross-sectional area. Can a child ...
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Explicit solutions to simple one-dimensional fluid flow problems? [duplicate]

In order to test and verify numerical simulation results, I'm looking for explicit (or approximate) solutions to simple fluid flow problems to recalculate (like e.g. the pressure development during ...
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How to caculate the pressure of a fluid when there is no gravity

Well for example we put a ball filled with water, with a density of $1\cdot 10^3 kg/m^3$, in space. How to calculate the pressure the water is exposed to?
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Mathematically impossible for a vortex line to have loose ends?

Could someone show the math behind it? Source : "A vortex is a bunch of air circulating around itself. The axis around which the air is rotating is called a vortex line. It is mathematically ...
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Why does air circulate on an airfoil — The Kutta Condition [duplicate]

Why does the air circulate on a flowing airfoil, thus giving rise to increased velocity (circulation + relative airspeed) above the wing and hence decreased pressure.