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

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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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If I bury a cylinder (top end sealed) in sand, how much force do I need to pull it out?

Let's say the cylinder has a diameter equal to its height of $25\;\mathrm{cm}$ the cylinder is sealed at the top and filled with sand the cylinder is also buried in the sand at sea at a depth of ...
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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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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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Why does a helium filled ballon move forward in a car when the car is accelerating?

I noticed that when I had a helium filled, latex ballon inside of my car, it moved forward in the cabin as I accelerated forward. The faster I accelerated forward, the faster the ballon went from the ...
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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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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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How fast would a truck have to go to pull a pedestrian onto the road? [closed]

Let's suppose a pedestrian P is walking or standing next to a highway. Suppose a truck T will drive by the said pedestrian at speed V leaving distance L between the two. Assuming L is a reasonably ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Water under high pressure

If you were to sink a container to the bottom of a deep ocean and seal it there, then bring it up to the surface, would it retain its pressure? The answer for a gas is obviously yes, but what about ...
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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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How can I see this equation describes advection?

My notes say that this is the equation for the "advection of a quantity A at speed v": $$ \frac{\partial \mathbf{A}}{\partial t} = \nabla\times(\mathbf{v}\times\mathbf{A}) .$$ Is this true? How can ...
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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 much of the forces when entering water is related to surface tension?

When an object enters water with high velocity, (like in Why is jumping into water from high altitude fatal?), most of it's kinetic energy will be converted, eg to accelerate water, deform the object ...
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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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Dyson air blade principle as a propulsion system for an autonomous underwater vehicle?

Any thoughts on applying this principle to an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) ? if the power source is a battery, would its efficiency be beneficial to that of a propulsion system?
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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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Eckert number in incompressible flow

Most of the time, temperature evolution for incompressible flow is computed assuming the Eckert number is negligible, that is the viscous dissipation and work of pressure variation is negligible ...
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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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Effect of water pressure on sinking objects

As I understand, water pressure increases as we go towards bottom of the ocean. So if an object* is thrown into water and it starts sinking with some speed, does the sinking object's acceleration ...
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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 ...