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

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Which moves faster in a time $t$: $A$ or $B$? [on hold]

Suppose we have two objects, $A$ and $B$, both made of the same substance. They also have the same shape (e.g. two spheres), but $A$ is larger and therefore more massive than $B$. Both $A$ and $B$ ...
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Places where fluid dynamical ideas show up in physics? [on hold]

One common theme of physics is that ideas and models developed to describe one type of physical situation are found to be nicely applicable to another type of situation. I know that fluid mechanics, ...
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I would like to know what variables to consider when I experiment with pouring from bottles and the “glug” effect?

I am a middle school science teacher and want to model a science fair project for my students. Specifically I want to investigate using a vent in the top of the handle of a gallon milk jug to ...
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Force required to move a fluid out of piston at depth

I have a cylinder filled with water in it at the bottom of the ocean. Say 100 meters down. In this cylinder is a piston that moves up and down. Its job is to squish the water out the bottom of the ...
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Can we take transport equation of imaginary quantity?

In the RANS equation we approximate the nonlinear fluctuating terms to eddy viscosity times strain rate. Then by using turbulence models like Spalart-Allmaras etc, we take the transport equation of ...
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How to calculate the centerline velocity inside a pipe?

Well, I was reading about fluid-solid/structure interaction models for make a simulation in COMSOL, and in few papers about it [1] I find an expression about the centerline velocity. I understand the ...
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How do I determine the best fluid dynamics jet-nozzle design [on hold]

I understand the difference between an orifice and a nozzle in fluid dynamics, but what determines the optimum performance for a jet and what is the relationship between jet diameter and jet length?
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Movement of a cylinder filled with water

Not long ago I was pretty bored at a dinner and I started playing with a water bottle that was not empty: I've been quite interested in its behavior when putted on its side and pushed: the bottle of ...
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the relation between pressure vs flow vs velocity? [on hold]

Do you think that pressure is converted to flow? what happens to velocity when pressure is converted to flow? what is the actual difference between flow and velocity? Suppose i feed water of 10KSc to ...
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Particles scattering on fluids: breakdown of the effective continuum description

When does the macroscopic continuum description of a medium like a fluid break down? Say I'm interested in a scattering process of some particles with momentum $p$ and energy $E$ off a fluid of ...
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Calculating water flow as function of the height of water above the inlet pipe

The Source of Water is Pond where the water level do change randomly. A pipeline of 200mm pipe diameter run for around 2500 m. The Height difference between the level of the inlet pipe and the level ...
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Does this type of equation for an airfoil exist?

In a common airfoil, such as a plane's wing, diminished pressure over the top of the wing and increased pressure under the wing, generally speaking, will cause the wing to lift. Now, a man standing ...
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Calculation for scaling pipe [on hold]

If a pipe of diameter of D1 having pressure P1 and of length L1 is to be plugged and to check the integrity of the plug this pipe is to be scaled to a smaller pipe Pipe of Diameter of D2 and Length L2 ...
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How stable are Benard Cells when the thermal gradient begins decreasing?

I've found lots of information on the formation of Benard Cells and convection currents but very little information about what happens to the self-organized structures when the energy gradient being ...
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At what speed would you die upon impact with water?

If we hit the water at great speeds, we die. This is because the water has no time to "move out of the way" and acts as a "solid" surface. At what falling speed can we consider the water as a ...
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Computing the force generated by a sail on a boat

This is a follow up question to the question I asked yesterday: Problem understanding basic sail mechanics I am focusing purely on the Newtonian aspect of motion and I am computing this as ...
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Pressure loss in a syringe

I'm currently working on a problem which is really giving me some issues. The problem concerns the force required to expel water from a syringe. We have a 20 ml syringe (which is $2\times10^{-5}$ ...
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Integrating pressure over a surface

Consider the 2D airfoil below. In engineering (and maybe physics) you will often see something like the following as an expression for the pressure force acting on a surface (in this case a curve ...
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Airway resistance greatest in tertiary bronchi

As the title reads, why is airway resistance greatest in tertiary bronchi? Primary and secondary bronchi have a lower surface area than tertiary bronchi so what makes resistance greatest at this ...
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Self Stirring Boiling Liquid

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were brewing a new batch of beer. We boil our wort in a turkey fryer. Pretty standard setup for beginners. Anyway, our wort was getting pretty close to boiling ...
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Gas viscosity at high pressure, high temperature

EDIT 1 PER COMMENTS I am wanting to model nitrogen gas viscosity as a function of pressure and temperature OR learn of an existing equation that models nitrogen viscosity for the pressure and ...
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Electrohydrodynamics: How will electric potential develop in a fluid when potential is applied from ends

Lets say, I have a fluid in a rectangular enclosure (2D). I apply electric potential $U=U_1$ at left boundary and $U_2$ at right boundary. In the lower and upper boundaries, the potential varies ...
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Definition of pressure in Bernoulli's principle

I have a difficulty to understand Bernoulli's Principle which states increased fluid speed decreases the pressure. But in a wind tunnel when we measure the pressure with a pitot tube, both the ...
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Rayleigh-Taylor Instability dependence on acceleration direction

I'm trying to bolster my understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and I've gotten stuck on the point of which fluid (more or less dense) is being accelerated into the other. Cases of uniform ...
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Formulation of blood flow dynamics under pressure

If external pressure is applied and maintained on the upper arm, the blood flow to the forearm slowly decreases. If at this point of time, the pressure is suddenly released, blood will gush through ...
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Pressure inside a plastic bottle filled with water and squeezed by X weight?

I'd like to know how it'd be possible to calculate the pressure inside a plastic bottle filled with water and squeezed by say 20 kg sitting on the bottle, which is lying on its side (so that ...
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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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Does Liquid Immersion protect against G forces?

I'm under the impression that if an object is immersed in water it can be protected from the effects of Gravity - or in other terms appear to be in a 0G enviroment. Typical examples of this include ...
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Considerations and questions for a DIY heat pipe; how to choose a working fluid?

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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Is there an equilibrium for water and air in a tank?

I'll try my best to explain my question with examples because I don't have much knowledge on the theory. So say that I had a block of water in air, a cube of water, that is dropping. If the cube ...
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Explicit form of the entropy production in hydrodynamics

I'm trying to understand how hydrodynamics arise from a precise, mathematical formulation of thermodynamics, learning mostly from Landau's "Hydrodynamics". So Landau starts from formulating the ...
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Can a Newtonian fluid have a non-linear speed distribution?

As far as I know, a Newtonian fluid follows the equation: $\frac{du}{dy}=\frac{\tau}{\mu}$ (where $u$ is $x$-axis speed and $y$ the height from the contact surface fluid-solid.) This leads to the ...
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Calculating Reynolds number for a viscous droplet

I'm trying to develop a very basic scaling law/unit analysis for viscous droplet formation, and I'd like to get some rough numerical values of the Reynolds number to play with. To be specific, I'm ...
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What is the symmetry associated with the local particle number conservation law for fluid?

According to Noether's theorem, every continuous symmetry (of the action) yields a conservation law. In fluid, there is a local particle number conservation law, which is ...
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Flow velocity out of a pipe

For a compressible homoentropic gas is the flow velocity out of the pipe the same as the velocity into the pipe?
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Flow Resistance and Pressures in Split Pipes

I am doing some simple flow experiments and my instruments are giving me strange results - I think they are broken, I need a sanity check for my understanding of the flow in my system to confirm it. ...
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Bernoulli Equation Reference Frames

I'm trying to understand an example on page 107 of "Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics" seventh edition by Munson, Okiishi, Huebsch, and Rothmayer. The setup of the question is: Consider a flow of air ...
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Capillary action meniscus height in a tube fitted inside another tube?

I was thinking about how would capillary action change in a tube (classic example) and in a tube fitted inside another tube (considering water as the liquid involved). Height of liquid column: ...
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How to estimate the time spending along the fluid flow

I have a 2d flow field with a singular point $$\dot x=y-px^2\\\dot y=-x-qy^3$$ where $p,q$ are small parameters. How do I compute the cost time of a particle from $(x_0,y_0)$ to ambient of the ...
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Nonlinear waves and shock formation

In the cases of nonlinear acoustics, why is shock formation unlikely when the dispersion is strong when compared to the nonlinearity of the wave?
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Should the liquid come out of the tank if a hole is drilled in the vertical wall?

This is a tank filled with water kept on ground. The points $A$ and $B$ are at 'same horizontal level', hence, as per an interpretation of pascal's law, pressure at $A$ must be equal to the pressure ...
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Finding Surface Tension of water at certain Temperature and Pressure

So the question is: Using the Young-Laplace Equation (if applicable), find the surface tension (dynes/cm) for water at 20 degrees Celsius with 2.5 psi. Round to the nearest tenth. ...
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In a column of fluid does density vary?

In a column of fluid does density vary?
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Is this really a golden ratio spiral?

In this blog post, I found this picture: Does the water really form golden ratio spiral in such cases? Or is the photo just a provocative example, without physics grounds for claims about ...
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Shock Rarefaction Interaction

I am interested to see/know if there exist analytical solutions for shock/rarefaction interaction. A rarefaction wave can catch up to a shock wave from behind. The shock will decay and the motion ...
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Delta wing flow patterns (straight and yawing)

I was wondering the differences between fluid patterns and their consequences when a delta wing is straight and yawed slightly.
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Lagrangian Coordinates in Fluid Flow

I apologize if this is not the right place to ask this question: I am currently reading a paper by Y. Brenier, where for the fluid flow he introduces a Lagrangian label $a$ instead of the vertical ...
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Vortex shedding

So I was reading about vortex shedding, and got to know that it causes the building to resonate. Is there any way to use this resonance to generate electricity (maybe use quartz?) I am trying to make ...
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Does blowing bubbles at the front of a ship increase efficiencies?

Would this make an air envelope that the hull could smooth past with less friction?
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What could be added to tap water to reduce air bubble formation on a submerged object?

Submerge your hand in a bucket of water. Some air bubbles appear immediately and others add to the surface of the hand over time. Is there anything that could be added to the water to reduce the ...