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

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Tank draining with piston

I am trying to solve a problem which is close to the tank draining (as here Fuel tank draining) but with a piston a the top of the tank which means $p_A$ different of $p_B$. I search the velocity ...
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Why do non-Newtonian fluids go hard when having a sudden force exerted on them?

You can dip your hands into a bowl of non-Newtonian fluid but if you are to punch it, it goes hard all of a sudden and is more like a solid than anything else. What is it about a non-Newtonian fluid ...
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How does liquid in a ball affect its rotational acceleration down a ramp?

Suppose we have a shell with mass $M$ and radius $R$. If we let that roll without slipping down a ramp of angle theta to the horizontal, we can easily find the acceleration of the shell the instant ...
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The free surface of the wave is a material surface

If we define the free surface by: $F(x,y,t)=y-h(x,t)=0$ Then for this to be a material surface $\frac{DF}{Dt}=0$ on $y=h(x,t)$ However on $y=h(x,t)$, $F=0$, so doesn't this just imply ...
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Rate of evaporation of water with mass loss at set temperature and pressure

I have a cylindrical tank with an 'm' amount of water in it. The tank is sealed except through an exhaust with a fan that keeps a lower than atmospheric pressure (but not vacuum) inside the tank. The ...
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Static pressure in relation to CFM

I’ve scoured the internet in search of an answer to no avail, so it’s time to ask the experts! My background is more Chemistry and Biology, not Physics, or specifically fluid dynamics, so bear with ...
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Eulerian mass conservation on a stream line to Lagrangian mass conservation

if the density of a fluid particle is conserved on a streamline, $$\frac{d\rho}{dt}=0.$$ Why does this mean $$\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t}+(\mathbf{v}\cdot\nabla)\rho=0$$ is true everywhere? Why ...
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Given airplane mass, velocity of air under wing, and a wing area, find velocity of air over wing

I attempted to solve this problem as a tutor for a student and struggled, but want to be convince the professor didn't provide enough information. The problem is essentially: We wish to maintain a ...
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Metric inside a sphere of uniform density?

Is an exact solution to Einstein's Field Equations known for the interior of a sphere of uniform density (to approximate a star or planet, for example?)
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continuity equation and pressure head in a tank

Consider a tank which is full of water. We connect a horozontal pipe at its bottom. When the pipe is open, water starts flowing through the pipe, then the velocity of water is proportional to the ...
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Why does an ice cube not twirl along when twirling a drink glass?

When you have a drink with an ice cube and twirl the glass, the liquid itself seems to twirl but the ice cube stays roughly in the same place. Why is this?
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Backwards airflow in a Venturi tube

When air is flowing through a Venturi tube, it's speed increases at the narrow section. If the airflow is arranged by moving the Venturi tube through calm air, this means air will momentarily flow ...
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Fluid in a rotating cylinder

I have been wondering why a fluid in a rotating container has a parabola shape? Is it possible to prove this mathematically?
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How can a rotating cylinder produce lift? [duplicate]

In the air, the velocity and angular momentum that causes a force against gravity is lift. How can a rotating cylinder make lift with angular momentum?
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Can the fluid volume in a control volume change over time?

For a control volume, am I right in thinking it's just the boundary of the volume that is fixed? The volume of fluid inside the control volume can change, over time?
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The velocity of air on an airfoil

They say that velocity of the top layer on an airfoil is higher than the lower layer. But, according to the continuity principle of fluid, the velocity of air is inversely proportional to the surface ...
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Does air speed vary in a jet engine axial flow compressor?

Does it get slower and slower after each stage because of the pressure increase? Or does the shrinking of the space after each stage compensate for this and the air speed at the last stage of the ...
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Relation between pressure, velocity and area

In a nozzle, the exit velocity increases as per continuity equation $Av=const$ as given by Bernoulli equation (incompressible fluid). Pressure is inversely proportional to velocity, so we have lower ...
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How do we force a turbulent fluid to keep the input energy rate equal to energy dissipation rate?

If I want to do a DNS (direct numerical simulation) for turbulent fluid, and I know $\nu$, how can I add an external force so that the input energy rate is equal to the energy dissipation rate? If ...
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Why do nuclear weapons create a blast wave?

As far as I know, in a nuclear explosion the energy is released in the form of radiation (neutrons, gamma rays, alpha particles and electrons), light and heat. There isn't a chemical reaction that ...
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What is the return probability for Brownian motion in three dimensions?

I would like to know the probability of return to the initial point in three dimensional Brownian motion. Does someone know an expression for the diffusion constant? (Suggestions of books on this ...
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Using the continuity equation against gravity

Studying Fluid Mechanics right now and in my textbook there is an example of getting water up to a bathroom in a house. We're given the diameter of the inlet pipe and bathroom pipe, but only the ...
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Expected value, Fluid Mechanics and Momentum balance

I've been doing some problems on Fluid Mechanics involving the balance of Matter and Momentum and I have a question I've been wondering about. Suppose the following: We have a (viscous and ...
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How to find the force due to fluid pressure over a surface?

The question is about sphere like surfaces, like the hemispherical base of a cylinder as shown. The cylinder is filled with fluid till the given height $h$, and the density of the fluid is $\rho$ ...
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Viscosity for steam in the Reynolds number

In calculating the Reynolds number for a flow of steam in a pipe, this is the general formula I am trying to use: $$Re=\frac{\rho d v}{\mu}$$ with density $\rho$, pipe diameter $d$, flow steam $v$ ...
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Why viscosity is diffusive?

I'm studying fluid mechanics in more depth during my Ph. D. and there is something related with the diffusive term that has been bothering me for a long time. Looking at the convection diffusion ...
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Capillary action and its limitations

From Wikipedia Capillary Action Thus for a 4 m diameter glass tube in lab conditions given above (radius 2 m), the water would rise an unnoticeable 0.007 mm. However, for a 4 cm diameter tube (radius ...
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How big is the power loss of a downwind wind turbine due to turbulence created by an upwind turbine?

When a horizontal axis wind turbine is placed downwind of another horizontal axis wind turbine (distance between the two is minimal), then the downwind wind turbine has a lower power output because of ...
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Derivation of Archimedes' principle

It is my understanding that upthrust from a liquid on a body is due to pressure difference on the top of the body and the bottom of the body. How, then, is this fact used in order to derive/work out ...
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How can I carry out this force summation? Control volume involved

I have a stationary jet engine on a test stand, like shown in the next figure: The control volume is indicated in the figure as a dashed rectangle, that has its left side far upstream of the ...
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ϕ-component of equation of moition: proving a relationship [closed]

I have the following velocity vector (in spherical polars): \begin{equation} \textbf{v} = u \hat{\textbf{r}} + v_{\phi}\hat{\boldsymbol\phi} \end{equation} Where $u(r) = u$ and $v_{\phi} (r) = ...
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Difference between a “source dipole” and a “force dipole”

I know quite well what a dipole is and in general what multipole moments are (in the context of, for instance, electrodynamics). What I find myself confused by is something called a "force dipole" in ...
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Self-made air pump - What does it take to pump up a balloon?

We are building a simple altitude-controlled balloon (idea borrowed from Google Loons). As part of that, we need an air pump to inflate a balloon acting as ballast (which is called a Ballonet in ...
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Calculating power in fluid systems with $pQ.$

I was wondering: say we have a fan which is being used to provide lift to some mass, like in a simple air cushion device, where the air has to flow through a chamber beneath the fan. Let's say that ...
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How are shock waves related to sound, and are there equations describing its density, size, and pressure?

How exactly does one model a shock wave? I've done a lot of searching and have failed to find any equations where we're able to relate things such as its pressure, density, temperature etc. I've ...
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Water clock in ancient time [closed]

A Water clock used in ancient Greek is designed as a closed vessel with a small orifice O.The time is determined according to the level of the water in the vessel. What should the shape of the vessel ...
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Roughness of the Surface and the time that a toy hovercraft hovers?

My question is about a toy CD hovercraft. I want to know that how does the time that the hovercraft hovers scale with roughness of the surface? Thanks in advance
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What's up with my whipped cream? [closed]

I got a latte with whipped cream this morning, and towards the end of the drink I noticed a peculiar effect. Regardless of how I turned the cup and thereby the coffee, the whipped cream pieces ...
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The demise of the Tacoma Narrows bridge was casused by aeroelastic flutter. But isn't that just a special case of resonance?

Much of the research I've done on the Tacoma Narrows bridge disaster of 1940 attribute the collapse of the bridge due to aeroelastic flutter - not strucural resonance. But isn't aeroelastic flutter ...
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How to relate speed of sound with relative humidity?

I am exploring the idea of measuring the humidity of a space using sound waves, however I am having trouble finding a mathematical relationship between the speed of sound and the humidity level. ...
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Considerations and questions for a DIY heat pipe; how to choose a working fluid? [closed]

I plan to build a DIY heat pipe! For more info on what a heat pipe is, see Wikipedia. I would like to use it to cool a desktop graphics card I have. I am having trouble deciding how to choose the ...
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Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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Conceptualising the switch from discrete molecules to the continuum (fluid dynamics)

I understand that $\rho(x,t)$ represents the density of the small volume surrounding the point $x$. However what have I done with the discrete molecules in the process of averaging?
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Mass flux across a volume

Here mass flux means the mass flow rate, units: kilograms/second This is for a one-dimensional flow Firstly is the reason why the mass flux/ mass flow rate $=$ $\rho(x_1,t)A(x_1,t)u(x_1,t)$ ...
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Deriving an Euler Equation

In this derivation is it necessary to write the triple integral, as I thought that if we are dealing with one fluid particle it only contains one "point" and hence we do not have to take a sum?
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How does the divergence theorem justify the integral form of the continuity equation?

I vaguely understand the continuity equation (at least its integral form), but I don't really understand the differential form of the continuity equation. I'm having trouble understanding how to ...
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What does the continuum hypothesis of fluid mechanics mean?

I'm a bit confused by the continuum hypothesis stating that fluid are continuous objects rather than made out of discrete objects. Say for $\rho (x,t)$ (density) is there more than one fluid ...
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Pressure as the magnitude of the reaction force

Here $\vec{F}$ is the reaction force caused by the interaction of the fluid particle on the surface and another. I don't think the two parts I have highlighted in green tally with one another. If ...
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Continuity equation in fluid mechanics

The continuity equation in fluid mechanics states that $$ \frac{\partial\rho}{\partial t} + \nabla\cdot(ρ\mathbf u)=0 $$ Can you explain to me what is the physical meaning of each term of the ...
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Is the Mass flow rate (Mass flux) a scalar quantity?

Wikipedia states that mass flow rate is a scalar quantity, however Mass Flow Rate= Density x Cross Sectional Area x Velocity and velocity is a vector quantity, so this would imply Mass Flow Rate is ...