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

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How much force is required to compress air?

How much force (Newtons) is required to compress normal air in a chamber to 2 atm? For example, if I had a sealed piston pump, how much force would need to be exerted in order for the air to be ...
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How quickly does air return to a vacuum chamber?

I know there are a lot of variables that affect how quickly this would occur. Any information on the topic would be highly appreciated. For sake of argument, lets say 1 square foot chamber, lets say ...
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Is it possible that Cauchy stress be asymmetric?

According to conservation of linear momentum and angular momentum, one can derive that Cauchy stress tensor is symmetric and hence has only 6 independent components. Is it possible that, when breaking ...
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How does a ducted fan suck in air?

I am thinking of a simple ducted fan with a single set of rotating blades, no stator vanes behind. If the effect of the fan is to raise the pressure of the air, how is there flow into the fan against ...
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Is there any connection between “Lagrangian and Eulerian formalism of fluid” and “Heisenberg and Shrodinger picture”

Is there any connection between "Lagrangian and Eulerian formalism of fluid" and "Heisenberg and Shrodinger picture of Quantum mechanics"? Thanks!
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Have I calculated the air flow of this fan correctly?

To calculate air flow capacity of a fan in cubic feet per minute (cfm): multiply the average air speed you measured in feet/minute (fpm) by the area of the fan face in square feet. (Area of circle =þ ...
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Atmospheric heating and the reduction in viscosity

The oceans are becoming less viscous as they are heated. I'd imagine a similar effect is likely occurring in the atmosphere as well. What, if any, effect would this reduction of viscosity have on ...
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What is sound in terms of acoustic sources?

Sound is nothing more than small amplitude, unsteady pressure perturbations that propagate as a longitudinal wave from a region in space which created it (called the source region) into a quiescent ...
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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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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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free falling object with air resistance?

we already know that if we plot speed vs time of free falling object it will be y=gx graph because we know the acceleration is gravity. If it have air-resistance acceleration will be change right?. ...
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How to get discretization coefficients of matrix $A$ in Finite Volume Method (FVM)? [closed]

First we have Discretization of the Transport Equation $$ \frac{\partial \rho \phi}{\partial t} + \nabla(\rho U \phi) - \nabla (\rho \Gamma_\phi \nabla \phi) = S_\phi (\phi) $$ In Finite Volume ...
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Can an extremely small force lift a mountain in a hydraulic system? If not, then why not?

As you see in the picture, a car can be lifted with a small force F1. Here it is shown that 'F1 . A1 = F2 . A2'. What will happen if A1 is of the size of a pin's cross-sectional area. Can a child ...
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Explicit solutions to simple one-dimensional fluid flow problems? [duplicate]

In order to test and verify numerical simulation results, I'm looking for explicit (or approximate) solutions to simple fluid flow problems to recalculate (like e.g. the pressure development during ...
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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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How do birds generate thrust?

I have been watching this video carefully and I want to know how the wings of birds generate thrust. This is because the wings are more or less flapping up and down --- generating the lift. But I do ...
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What is the difference between dispersion and diffusion?

What is the difference between dispersion and diffusion? Currently I believe, that diffusion is the mixture of molecules due to Brownian motion. So I read everywhere, that it happens with magnitude of ...
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Speed of Sound/Push in Supersonic Flight

I've learned from things like the Veritasium Slink Drop and the old "break the speed of light by pushing on the end of a very long pole" thought experiment that objects have a "speed of push" which is ...
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Can a human body supercavitate to survive water impact?

Inspired by this analysis of a human (OK, Captain America) hitting water feet first at terminal velocity, I'm wondering if supercavitation would be possible and whether it would improve your chances ...
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Mathematically impossible for a vortex line to have loose ends?

Could someone show the math behind it? Source : "A vortex is a bunch of air circulating around itself. The axis around which the air is rotating is called a vortex line. It is mathematically ...
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Why does air circulate on an airfoil — The Kutta Condition

Why does the air circulate on a flowing airfoil, thus giving rise to increased velocity (circulation + relative airspeed) above the wing and hence decreased pressure.
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Drag coefficient of a non-Newtonian fluid?

I am working through non-Newtonian fluid (Bingham fluid around cylinder), I know the drag coefficient is the measure of the total force exerted by the fluid on the cylinder in the direction of flow ...
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Why do floating objects attract? [duplicate]

Objects floating on the surface of calm water seem to be attracted to one another and tend to come together in a drift. Is this attraction like gravity?
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Turbofan: Efficiency wrt. the bypass ratio: “a lot of slow air > a little faster air”?

Reading / viewing up on how jet engines work, this video explains at the 9:02 mark that, for turbofan engines, ".. it is more aerodynamically efficient to have a lot of air moving relatively slowly ...
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How do you calculate the air and water pressure inside the bell siphon during and after the vacuum is formed?

I am interested in the math/physics behind the simple bell siphon. In this YouTube video, the presenter says that the space in the top of the bell becomes a vacuum when the water flow eventually fills ...
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Stresslet coefficient in fluid dynamics

I encountered a parameter called stresslet coefficient in several literatures, which seems related with viscosity and stream function (also influencing the far field displacement). But there's no ...
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velocity function in slip effect

$$\frac{dp_l}{dx}-\mu_l\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial y^2}=0$$ where $\mu_l$ and $p_l$ is the liquid phase viscosity and pressure, respectively; and $u$ is the flow velocity. The boundary ...
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Why will two bubbles floating on water surface attract each other?

Two identical bubbles floating on water surface will form clumps, according to the "cheerio effect". But what's the detail about the force? It's necessary to calculate the shape of water surface, in ...
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Efficiency increase via ducting a fan - why is this more in viscous media?

I am looking at mixers for liquids like water or slurries. This brochure claims the following: With the optional jet ring, it is possible to increase efficiency by up 15% in water - even higher in ...
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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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Buoyancy of a positively charged object inside positively charged fluid

An object with a density of $x$ inside a liquid with a density greater than $x$ would float. If we assume that both of these are positively charged and the object is in the middle of the liquid: ...
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What makes an abstract physical system describable by a “fluid” equations of motion?

We can describe (some of) the dynamics of many systems using fluid mechanics. Of course these include classical fluids like water, more exotic fluids like photon gases and the universe as a whole and ...
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Time inversion for Euler equation

Consider Euler equation for continuum body: $$\frac{\partial u^i}{\partial t}+\mathbf u\cdot \nabla u^i=- \frac{1}{\rho} \frac{\partial p}{\partial x^i} $$ where $\rho$ is the mass density, $p$ is ...
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Applications non-Newtonian fluid [duplicate]

Are non-Newtonian fluid difused in the "real world"? Which are most common or fantastic applications?
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In what situations do water levels not reach equilibrium?

I have been taught that water levels will always equal out. However, now I find that sumps and some other setups allow for water not to become equal. What other arrangements allow for the water levels ...
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Bernoulli's principle on a curve ball

I've seen a few excellent answers here on the Magnus force, which explains why balls with a spin will curve. However, my intuition is still telling me that the Bernoulli's principle would push it the ...
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Does the equation of continuity hold for turbulent flows?

My textbook mainly deals with laminar flows. The book derives the equation of continuity, which states that the cross-sectional area times the velocity of a flow is always constant. But nowhere in the ...
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Conformal maps and flow around corners

The complex potential $\Psi = \psi + i \phi$ ($\psi$ is the velocity potential, $\phi$ the stream function) is an analytical function for an irrotational inviscid flow, since its constituents in this ...
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Coanda effect and Teapot effect

According to many sources, the teapot effect and the Coanda effect are the same phenomenon. But some sources claim these are two different effects. Does anyone know a reference where this issue is ...
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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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Do objects sink in ice?

The title explains it all. Do objects suspended in ice sink over time? You may remember the story of World War 2 planes that were found 260 ft under the ice which would be anachronistic with seasonal ...
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Viscous fluid flowing around obstacle: would it deflect earlier?

Consider a viscous fluid, flowing linearly (say, with velocity $\vec u = [1,0]$ everywhere). Then an obstacle is put in the flow. Would a highly viscous fluid start deflecting around the obstacle ...
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No-slip condition when one fluid flows through another

What sort of no-slip zone is in place when liquid water flows from a faucet through air at room temperature? Does the water drag a layer of air molecules along with it?
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Viscosity coefficients

I'm using the 2nd edition of "Transport Phenomena" by Bird and Stewart. I am having trouble with one of the equations: $$\tau_{ij} = \sum_k \sum_l \mu_{ijkl} \frac{\partial v_k}{\partial x_l} $$ ...
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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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How do I calculate pressure drop across a reduction in pipe diameter? [duplicate]

If reducing from one pipe size to another through a reducing fitting, say 6.25cm to 5cm, how do I calculate the pressure drop? Also, how does this impact a change in volumetric flow rate (or does it ...
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Equation of conservation of mass for isotropic fluid considering external forces [closed]

I have trouble doing the following problem: Consider a fluid isotropic in three dimensions such that one can ignore all dissipative forces effect, as would be the viscosity. By analyzing the flow ...
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Pascal's Principle and hydraulic lift

I am introducing myself to fluids through some physics textbooks. Most of them start with Pascal's principle.: If an external pressure is applied to a confined fluid, the pressure at every point ...
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How the pressure of a system changes in terms of density?

I am modeling a closed natural circulation loop, filled with water. Some parts of the loop are heated, some are cooled and other are assumed adiabatic. As an effect of heating and cooling the density ...
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Pressure versus Volume system problem

A rigid air tight container of volume 1.5 m$^3$ is filled with a gas of density 8 kg/m$^3$. The container has a density meter that allows us to watch the changes in density in the gas in the ...