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

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Noncoalescing and bouncing droplets

if you set a dish filled with water onto a loudspeaker or other vibrator and make vibration, When it oscillates, it is possible to hold small droplets on its surface for a long time. I mean, when you ...
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Why jets entrain mass?

This very beautiful picture shows a jet of fuel in the combustion chamber of a diesel engine. Does anydody could explain me what is the physical reason that the jet entrains air? Why jets and plumes ...
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Can cyclic acceleration/deceleration be worse for fuel consumption?

Recently I have started to drive my car slower on the highway in order to save money on gas. However, I feel like I am spending at least as much fuel as before. One possible explanation that I thought ...
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relationship between electrical resistance and Hagen Poiseuille's law

For the electrical resistance of a conductor, we have $$R = \rho \frac{l}{A}$$ Noting the structural similarity between the Hagen-Poiseuille law and Ohm's law, we can define a similar quantity for ...
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Bernoulli principle and viscous loss

Imagine I have a fluid flowing at a rate Q in a closed circuit with no viscous losses (Bernoulli's principle applies + total energy is equal to the kinetic energy). Now, I add a resistor with ...
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Does continuity equation hold if the flow is accerelated?

I'm Studying the streamline flow, specifically the continuity equation Bernoulli's Principle. Consider the following system where a liquid flows through the pipe of a uniform area of cross section ...
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In enthalpy, is PV the pressure energy?

In the case of a fluid, does the $PV$ contribution to the enthalpy correspond to the pressure energy in fluid mechanics? (Related: What is Pressure Energy?)
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Are eductors working on the Bernoulli principle?

This is a picture of an eductor. The wikipedia article claims that it works on the Bernoulli principle. The Bernoulli principle is famous due to the misconception about how aeroplanes fly and ...
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Why do we need the kinematic viscosity?

Kinematic viscosity is the well known dynamic viscosity divided by density. What difference does it make to divide by density? What is so useful about this?
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Heat system: Dynamic - quasi-stationary - static

I am an engineer in the field of district heating and in the future I will work together with people from computer science and physics. I have a question regarding dynamic/quasi-stationary and ...
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Toricelli's law of efflux in moving container

Suppose there is a big tank of water with a small hole near the bottom. Now if this tank starts moving with say a velocity 'v', then will Toricelli's law hold? I tried directly applying Bernoulli's ...
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Pressure in a fluid

If a fluid is flowing along a vertical line with a constant velocity, will the pressure at every point be the same and irrespective of height?
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Question about propellers

A ship moves forwards because a rotating propeller sends water backwards. The diameter of the propeller is as large as possible because in order to be efficient it must push the the greatest feasible ...
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Symmetry Arguments: Flow Through Cylinder

Why can for symmetry reasons a steady, viscous, incompressible flow, obaying the N.S equation: $$\rho(v \nabla)v = -\nabla p + \eta \Delta v $$ That flows through a cylindrical(very long) pipe not ...
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What makes the magnitude of the force of friction velocity dependent in one scenario, but not the other?

When a solid objects makes contact with another solid object, I believe the magnitude of the force of friction between them does not depend on the relative speed of the two objects. When a solid and a ...
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Conterflow heat exchanger with different flow rates

If we have tube in tube heat exchanger, in classic situation surface area in contact with both fluids is the same (if we ignore wall thickness of the tube). If fluids have significantly different ...
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How should I think of a liquid in terms of interatomic potential and molecular speed?

A rather simple question for liquids specialists I guess but I have hard time finding information about this. Here is my problem. I understand the ideal gas theory and the Maxwell's speed ...
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Is the velocity with which molecules of the medium oscillate same as velocity of the sound in that medium?

I wanted to know that under sound field applied molecules of the medium oscillate with some velocity in the direction of sound propagation. Is this velocity same as velocity of the sound in that ...
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How are probe liquids selected for Surface Energy measurements?

Why are water, ethylene glycol and diiodomethane generally used for surface energy measurement?
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What is the exact value of the constant in the similarity solution for blast waves?

Recently I used the Rankine-Hugoniot equation to reason that the limit of the speed of shock waves for extremely strong shocks is $\bigl(\frac{6P}{5r_0}\bigr)^{1/2}$ where $P$ is the pressure of the ...
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How can frequency of waving in water change the direction object on the surface goes?

In an Australian experiment the physicists studied effects of a simple object that causes waves in fluid. They found that if it vibrates slow, the objects on the surface moves away from the vibration ...
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Equation of state for a radiation fluid

Can anyone give me (point me to a reference of) a derivation of the equation of state for a radiation fluid: pressure = energy/3 Much thanks.
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Terminal Velocity in Water

Another question concerning classical physics. On Earth, the combination of air resistance and gravity interact in a way that creates the phenomenon of terminal velocity. Do other fluids (for example, ...
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Physics behind blowing soap bubbles

Is it possible, using the surface tension of a soap bubble, to calculate the maximum pressure (created by the air flow) it can withstand while still attached to the orifice to prevent it from ...
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What makes some air bubbles in water more persistent?

In a plastic bottle of water, near the walls, it is common to observe the presence of little bubbles (I would estimate them to be $\approx0.5$mm in diameter. In my experience, most of these bubble ...
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Explaining the shape of a raindrop and a drop of mercury

I saw on wikipedia that the shape of a raindrop is explained by using Laplace pressure. But why? Since the drop is in motion, we shouldn't be able to use an hydrostatic law, am I wrong? ...
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Why do bubbles group when one pops? [duplicate]

I was recently observing the way bubbles move as they pop and disappear. I noticed that when bubbles destabilize and pop, the remaining bubbles immediately surrounding it will move to fill its place. ...
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Gas diffusion through a flat plate boundary layer

Set-up Suppose we have a flat plate with a flow of gas parallel to the plate. The flow creates a boundary layer on the surface of the plate. Now, the gas is carrying a reactive species, which is ...
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Integral of a velocity profile?

Part of my fluid mechanics homework asks me to solve: $${\partial u\over \partial x} = 0$$ Which represents how the velocity profile, u, changes in the x. I'm not sure whether you can integrate ...
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About the fluid friction along the wall in pipes

I wonder how can the friction between the fluid and the wall in a cylinderical pipe can be calculated. Is there any theory that i can refer to? i also want to check if there's any relation between the ...
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How does air going through silica gel change its humidity

Assume that the properties(temperature,humidity,velocity and so on) of the incoming air flow stay constant. The air flow goes through a silica gel plate. Humidity of the air will decrease, but how to ...
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Energy taken to move volume of blood through a blood vessel

I am trying to find simple ways to get rough answers to how much energy it would take for a unit volume of blood to move along a blood vessels. My main aim is to compare energies it would take for a ...
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Fluid filled open container in space/vacuum

I have water in a bottle, as I open it in space(or vacuum for that case ). From what I have read in books the water will instantly vapourize,as the vapour pressure of the water inside, far exceeds the ...
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Does eq. of continuity hold in vacuum too?

When a streamlined flow of water flows down through an ordinary tap, it's cross-sectional area decreases according to eq. of continuity due to atmospheric pressure. If the same apparatus were to be ...
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Does water have shear thinning property? [closed]

I'm working on a project and I need to know if the water is viscoelastic? does water have shear thinning property?
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What is the filling time of this liquid storage tank?

A spherical storage tank ($R=3\:\mathrm{m}$, heated just enough to keep the sodium liquid) has to be filled from the lowest point with liquid sodium (at just above its melting point). A pump, very ...
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What is the difference between the pressure and “pressure force”?

I am in the process of going through a question pertaining to inviscid flow over a cylinder. The velocity field is, in polar co-ordinates: $$\vec{u} = U_{\infty}(1 - (\frac{a}{r})^2\cos2\theta,- ...
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Why does pressure decrease as velocity increases?

Bernoulli's principle states that as velocity increase pressure decreases. But higher the velocity, greater is the temperature and pressure must be high. Can you explain the situation in both the ...
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What is the significance of the characteristic length in the Reynolds number formula? [duplicate]

It is said to be the diameter of the duct in closed flow cases, but what is its actual physical meaning in other types of flows, such as the flow over a flat plate?
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Should tunnel calibration factor be less than 1?

Regarding an experiment in which air is blown past a small-scale object (i.e. a cylinder) in a wind tunnel, should the tunnel calibration factor be less than 1? I couldn't find anything about this ...
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How do impurities affect the surface tension of fluids? [closed]

I want to know what happens to the surface tension of fluids if we add impurities and the reason behind it.
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Why boundry molecules have more energy?

In a system of a solid or a liquid, why the molecules in interface have more energy compared to the bulk of solid or liquid?
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Can the flow of hydrogen in a fuel cell be modelled as adiabatic?

Okay, so right off the bat I'll admit I need this for a problem I'm working on. Not homework though, a project, as a matter of fact. I'm considering taking compressibility effects into account, but ...
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How fast does the water have to go? [closed]

I have a pot of water. There is a one-way filter at the bottom right: How fast would the water have to be travelling to go into the tank via the one-way filter? Also, I would like to have some ...
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Hydraulic conductivity and flow rate

I have several sources that have the following equation relating the change of volume in a cell to the hydraulic conductivity (permeability coefficient) $L$ and pressure differential $\Delta P$: $$ ...
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Why we have a leak in the pipe if the fluid pressure is lower than the atmosphere

I've read in many books that if our flow pressure is lower than the atmospheric pressure then we'll have a leak in our pipe, but I already know that the flow is always from the high pressure point to ...
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Identity in continuum mechanics [closed]

For a problem in the textbook I am reading, I need to prove that $$\int_Vw_{i,j}v_jdV = \int_Sw_iv_jn_jdS,$$ where $S$ is the boundary of the volume $V$, $v_i$ is the velocity vector field of a ...
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vorticity not zero - why

I am quite new to fluid dynamics and I cannot seem to understand the concept of vorticity. It is defined as $\nabla\times\vec{v}$ where $\vec{v}$ is the velocity vector. Now (working in cartesian ...
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Standing waves and acoustic levitation

i am doing a new personnal project about acoustic levitation with standing waves into ambiant air using a piezo ultrasonic tranceiver and a reflective pannel. I modelised both of the emission and the ...
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Mach no. should be constant for existence of similarity solution

I am reading some research papers on Taylor-Sedov type self-similar solution to the blast wave problems... It is written that for the existence of similarity solutions Mach number should be ...