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

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Creating the proper suction

I'm a bit rusty on my fluid dynamics. I'm experimenting with creating my own leaf vacuum. How would I determine how much suction a fan creates? Bernoulli's equation would apply correct? I would ...
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Is it possible to accelerate air to supersonic speeds? What would it look like?

The speed of sound is the rate that disturbances in air propagate through it. Is it possible to have a wind that itself is moving at supersonic speeds relative to stationary winds around it? Or ...
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What keeps the sugar suspended in the tea?

At room temperature.... How long will the sugar stay suspended once dissolved ? What governs the rate of settling ? What part does Brownian motion play ? Sugar might be a bad example...please ...
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Scale dependence of energy dissipation in viscous flow via AdS/CFT

The famous AdS/CFT calculation of the shear viscosity/entropy ratio for strongly coupled $N=4$ SYM relates the shear viscosity to the absorption cross section for fluctuations of the metric onto a ...
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Why is the answer to this diffusion example unintuitive?

Imagine a linear decrease in concentration from left to right. Using Fick's first law, $J = -D \frac{d \psi}{d x}$ for all x, from left to right, we have the same flux amount because the decrease is ...
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How is the Joukowsky Transform used to calculate the Flow of an Airfoil?

As I read in The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose, the Joukowsky transform $$w(z) = \frac12\left( z + \frac1z \right)$$ after Nikolai Zhukovsky (transcribed in several versions from Никола́й Его́рович ...
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Time evolution of wave spectrum

A useful way of thinking (not only) oceanic waves is to consider them as a superimposition of linear modes: the elevation η of the sea surface is given by: 1: $\eta({\bf x}, t) = ...
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Water pressure in free fall

The increasing water pressure as you go deeper is generally explained in terms of the weight of the water column above the observation point pressing down. The question, then, is what would happen if ...
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Speed of sound in astrophysics

Why is the speed of sound given so much importance in Astrophysics? For example in gas outflow (and accretion) problems, we often calculate the sonic point (the point at which the outflow speed ...
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Common approximations for fluid outflow beyond Torricelli's law

Last month, a puzzle here in physics.stackexchange asked to calculate the dynamics of the outflow in a loose (over rails, no friction) tank using Torricelli's law as a simplification. The ...
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Given temperature, composition, column density, and radial velocity, can I find the bulk flow of a gas cloud?

We've got a hot star in the middle of a gas cloud. We point a spectrometer at the star, calculating the following attributes of our line of sight at the star through the cloud: Total number of ...
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Resonance modes of a cubic box of water which we shake

I don't know hydrodynamics, but I wonder how one would compute resonance modes of a cubic box of water which we shake. I believe the waves would directly depend on the height of water and the width ...
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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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Mixing of fluid in a rotating barrel

A barrel/drum with a diameter of 60cm is rotating at 20RPM to get a good mixing of the fluid contained (type thick oil). At what RPM should a barrel of 30cm rotate to get the same mixing efficiency ...
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Why does measured pressure change over time in closed hose with temperature gradient

I have a 4' hose that is closed at one end and connected to a Airdata Test Set (precise control of pressure) and a high accuracy pressure monitor on the other end with a T and valve. The valve allows ...
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Why do galaxies and water going down a plug hole spin?

We all experience things spinning, whether it's water down a drain, the earth on its axis, planets round the sun, or stars in a galaxy - even electrons round an atom. But why is spin so common in ...
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Boundary conditions for Couette flow

I'm trying to reproduce a result from a paper (T. Thatcher, Boundary Conditions for Grad's 13 moment equations, equation (32), page 6), however, I haven't been able to do so. Hopefully someone can ...
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Are there any liquids with zero surface tension?

Having read the Wikipedia page on superfluids I'm still not sure if stuff like liquid helium at the lambda point actually have surface tension or not. Is superfluidity the same thing? And are there ...
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What is required to create water droplets of a consistent size and shape over a distance of 3 to 10 feet? [closed]

What would I need to do to create water droplets of a consistent size and shape over a distance of 3 to 10 feet? Are there any special requirements for the nozzle? Can I use pure water or should I ...
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Primer on Liquid/Ink Splatter Physics

I'm looking for primer material on the modelling the physics of liquids. In particular I want to make a small simulation (I'm a programmer by profession) of throwing ink at a board, much like this. ...
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Dynamic ferrofluid sculptures [duplicate]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJJuq_pcyIQ What exactly is going on in the video example? I understand the phenomena occurs because of magnetism but I am trying to figure out the mechanics behind ...
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Distance travelled in free-fall

When an object is in free fall, we have: $a(t) = g - \frac{c}{m}v(t)^2$ where $g$ is acceleration due to gravity, $m$ is the mass of the object, and $c$ is the coefficient of air resistance. How ...
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Why do liquids separate in space?

I've seen videos of people in space (on ISS) who squeeze a bottle or something and liquid comes out, it then separates into smaller balls. Why is this surely it should stay pretty much together ...
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Why exactly does a boomerang return back to the thrower?

I was always intrigued by the phenomena that govern the returning back of a boomerang to the thrower. Even if it is dependent on various factors such as velocity, aerodynamics, wind resistance and ...
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logarithmic wind speed profile

Under some atmospheric stability condition, over flat terrain, it has been observed for a while that the ratio between wind speed at height $h_1$ above the earth and the wind speed at height $h_0$ is ...
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How does a steady wind flow generate sound?

When a wind blow through sharp edge, say, edge of a paper, you can see the vibration of the paper and hear the sound. For this type of oscillation, it should be a damped oscillation with external ...
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Why do those dolphin bubble rings I saw in a video behave the way they do?

This (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMCf7SNUb-Q&feature=related) is so cool, I wanted to show it. As a pro forma question for this forum, any idea what is going on with the breaking of ...
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How do subgrid-scale parametrisations in climate models work?

Global Circulation Models typically have grids of 100-300km on a side. There are obviously lots of atmospheric processes that happen at smaller scales than this. Convection, cloud formation, the ...