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

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Fluid Dynamics Tsunami

I have been given a energy head (pressure) in meters for a given tsunami on land. My question is if the tsunami hits a wall 1 meter by 1 meter, is it possible to calculate the height it will reach. ...
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What will happen if we put balloon in water tank in space

Imagine this. You have some object (let say barrel) and fill it with water. The water remains rather calm so it doesnt' spills out. Then we take a balloon filled with air and push it in that tank. ...
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A simple logical problem regarding pressure and force

Suppose a 2 meter long pipe, with area of cross section is $1 m^2$. The pipe is vertically placed, with the bottom end closed. Inside the pipe, at the closed bottom end, there is $1 m^3$ of air, ...
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What is is a molecular/microscopic explanation for why a balloon rises in water?

If we consider a balloon full of air submerged in water then we all know that it will rise rapidly. I am having trouble understanding this at the level of individual molecules of air and water. What ...
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Fluid mechanics - rotating Bucket - euler fluid - symmetries

Rotating Bucket, gravity, euler fluid. E.g faber ch 2 or landau, if we start from the full 3 d equations in cylindrical coördinaties, we have symmetry over the azimuthal angle, but why is there ...
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Entropy is constant. How to express this equation in terms of pressure and density?

In hydrodynamics of an ideal, non-compressive flow we use 5 variables: pressure $p$, density $\rho$ and velocity field $\mathbf{v}$. So we need 5 equations. Landau's "Hydrodynamics" states that the ...
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Vorticity - Paradox

I am having trouble grasping the concept of vorticity. Above is a picture of fluid element under deformation (rotational). Say we ignore the vertical motion, which is $\frac {\partial {v}}{\partial ...
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How does the viscosity (besides density) of a fluid affects sinking

If water, air of whatever fluid had a different viscosity, but the same density, would things fall/sink differently?
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Why does string not wick down?

I regularly drink tea at work and I often reuse the tea bags (yes I know I'm a cheapskate). Yesterday afternoon I used a tea bag once and kept it in the cup in case I wanted another cup before I ...
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How to estimate the Kolmogorov length scale

My understanding of Kolmogorov scales doesn't really go beyond this poem: Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls and so on to viscosity. ...
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Are there any substances that allow sound to travel better then air? [closed]

The question is the same as the one I put in the title but here it is in more words. I was wondering if there were any substances that allowed sound to travel more efficiently. For example water is ...
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Does the lift created by a wing change when the slats are deployed?

This is a conceptual question as much as an empirical one, but the question is: Does the lift of a wing change when the slats (or any other leading edge device) are deployed? I am stipulating that the ...
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Measuring flow rate of gases

Flow rates of liquids could be easily measured with a stopwatch and a known volume container. But gases, if entrapped in a container will create a back pressure, and may lead to decreased flow. I ...
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Addes mass forces: can a force depend on acceleration?

My friend and I had a little discussion about added mass forces. I always interpreted $F=ma$ as a cause-effect relationship, so I find rather uneasy to accept that the cause can instantaneously ...
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Why do turbine engines work?

I know roughly how a turbine engine (let's say a gas turbine producing no jet thrust) is supposed to work: The compressor forces fresh air into a combustion chamber, where it reacts with fuel to ...
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What is “hydrostatic uplift pressure”?

I was reading Wikipedia about the St. Francis Dam and came across this sentence. Water that collected in the drainage pipes under the dam to relieve the hydrostatic uplift pressure was carried ...
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Pressure $p$ in the Bernoulli equation

I know the Bernoulli equation that states that the energy along a streamline is constant: $$ \frac{v^{2}}{2}+gh+\frac{p}{\rho}=C $$ However I can't seem to figure out what exactly $p$ is in this ...
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What would cause a spinning fluid to stop spinning?

I once saw a demonstration where an electric current caused a drop of mercury to spin. The drop contained bits of iron, which could be seen flowing around in a circular pattern. As soon as the ...
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Visualisation of vortex flows

Are there examples of vortex flows (eg: von Karman vortex street or large eddies) which are visualized in a way apart from displaying where the mass is displayed? I can imagine there to be a display ...
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The pressure in a water spout and Bernoulli's equation

This is a conceptual question about the application of Bernoulli's equation to a water spout. There is a classical problem found in many physics texts which goes something like "you have a garden ...
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A question on Bernoulli's principle

Which is more appropriate regarding Bernoulli's principle fast moving air causes low pressure or lower pressure causes fast moving air.
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Bernoulli's principle

In steady flow, the air that flows faster causes a lower pressure, the lower pressure causes it to move faster, or exactly both at the same time? Also how is it that we're talking about the pressure ...
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Deriving Bernoulli's equation via conservation of E

So I'm not OK with how some people derive this equation. These people consider a pipe whose endings have cross-sectional areas and heights which are different. They then use the conservation of ...
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Will a lighter car have a higher top speed than a heavier car with an equal power engine?

If I have a car (with a particular engine) optimized (shape & weight distribution-wise) for attaining the top speeds possible, and I put that engine into a car which is heavier (but otherwise the ...
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How to relate wingtips vortices with the energy loss it engenders?

On planes, wingtips vortices engender a loss in terms of lift, and an incresed of the drag, so an energy loss. Is there any possibilty to find a mathematical model relating both ? Thanks for the help. ...
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Movement of compressed air inside a rolling tire?

Does it stay still wrt the axis? Does it rotate along with the tire? Is it drawn away from the center of rotation?
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What is the exact cause of flow separation in a viscous fluid?

I recently got into a lengthy debate about the exact nature of boundary layer separation. In common parlance, we have a tendency to talk about certain geometries as being too "sharp" for a viscous ...
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Why does the water level equalize in a series of tubes?

Say I have a series of tubes (not the internet) looking like this, where w represents water: ...
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The viscous force between the layers of liquid is same, then why there is variation in the velocities of its layers?

I have learned in my textbook that when the liquid flows the bottom layer of the liquid never moves because of friction, but the upper layers move with increasing velocities how it is possible if the ...
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How come a whistling kettle starts whistling only when water boils, and not long before - due to hot air escaping under pressure?

A whistling kettle will start to whistle when the water boils and turns into a jet of steam which then exits the small aperture in the spout. But why doesn't this happen much earlier - when the air ...
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Why is the pressure on top of a slab of water greater than the pressure on the bottom?

In the image below, my book seems to be saying that if you have a cup of water in complete equilibrium, then if you have a small cube of water inside the cup given by $dm=ρAdy$ there is a downward ...
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Liquid pressure equalization (fluid-dynamics)

Will filling a gas tank fill quicker with a 2 inch inlet flowing straight down into it or with the inlet starting at the bottom filling it from bottom to top. With pressure being equal will the fill ...
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Wavy stream of liquid

When pouring a liquid into a glass some streams have a wavy shape, like the one in the following photo: (Couldn't find a better picture, sorry.) What causes the stream to be of such a shape?
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Proof that flux through a surface is independent of the inner objects' arrangement

$$\Phi=\iint_{\partial V}\mathbf{g} \cdot d \mathbf{A}=-4 \pi G M$$ Essentially, why is $\Phi$ independent of the distribution of mass inside the surface $\partial V$, and the shape of surface ...
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Determine the maximum capillary rise

The problem I have is this: A capillary tube is immersed vertically in water. Knowing that water starts to evaporate below 2kPa, determine the maximum capillary rise and tube diameter. Assume the ...
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Taylor expansion in Lattice Boltzmann Method derivation

Currently I'm trying to understand Lattice Boltzmann Method for solving CFD problems. In its derivation BGK approximation is used to get rid of complicated collision integral. But when they come to ...
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Degrees of freedom of particles in Lattice Boltzmann method

Is it true that in Lattice Boltzmann method particles have only one degree of freedom even in 3D case? Can someone explain that fact or provide a link? Thanks!
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What keeps a gas giant from falling in on itself?

There is not enough gravity at the center to start nuclear fusion, but it seems that there would be plenty enough to collapse the planet.
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Buoyancy fluxes in a stratififed fluid and units

I am calculating the buoyancy flux ($B$) for a stratified fluid as follows: $$ B=\frac{g\alpha S}{C_{pw}\rho_0} $$ where $g = 9.81$ $m/s$; $\alpha = 1.6 t\times10^{-5} + 9.6\times10^{-6} \times (20 ...
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Can I express the heat flow of a fluid in terms of estabilshed characteristics of the velocity distribution?

If $\rho$ is the mass density of a fluid and $A({\bf v})$ is an function of the velocity, which is distributed according to $f({\bf v})$, we have an averaging process $A\mapsto \langle A\rangle:=\int ...
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Fluid mechanics of aircraft at 10000 m

I have come up with the answers to parts a and b as shown in the image above. However in part c, I can't seem to find the answer, even though it only involves fitting numbers into Bernoulli's ...
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Have I calculated the air requirement for a pneumatic mail system correctly?

I googled How to calculate the air requirements of pneumatic conveying and found a clue to what might be a correct equation (http://uk.ask.com/question/pneumatic-conveying-calculation). Here is my ...
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Is there an equation to calculate the average speed of liquid molecules?

I seem to remember from first year physics that we can calculate the RMS speed of a stationary, ideal gas with $v=\sqrt{\frac{3RT}{M}}$. Does a similar equation exist for liquids?
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Why is a material such as plastic air-tight?

I'm not too familiar with fluid mechanics, but i always wondered how let's say plastic containers would be able to contain a fluid, such as gas or water. How does plastic prevent the molecules of the ...
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What's the surface area of a liquid? How does evaporation increase if the surface area of a liquid is increased?

Wikipedia says that a substance that has a larger surface area will evaporate faster, as there are more surface molecules that are able to escape. I think the rate of evaporation should decrease as ...
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Bernoulli Equation and Flow in a pipe - paradox

I am studying Bernoulli equation and am facing a problem. The Bernoulli equation is applicable along a streamline and in steady flow condition (I guess this condition is to make sure it can be applied ...
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Are Normal Stress Differences in Newtonian Fluids Equal?

I was reading about normal stress differences in the context of Non-Newtonian fluids. There was a remark that the normal stress differences in Non-Newtonian fluids are not equal whereas the normal ...
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Why is there no upper-bound on power-efficiency of Hydro-turbines?

We have Betz's law, an upper bound on power efficiency, for wind-turbines. But there is no theoretical upper limit on hydro-turbines, Why this is so? Is it mainly due to the incompressibility of ...
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Physical interpretation of the change of diffusion term in navier stokes equations

In the Navier-Stokes Equations, there is one term accounting for convective flow and one term for diffusive flow. At high flow rates, the diffusive term becomes much smaller compared to convective ...
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Angle of rotation of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field

I am modeling the motion of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field. The ellipsoid is rotating about its shortest semi-principal axis which I have designated the $z$-axis in the body-fixed frame, ...