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

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Does moving air suck in air from left and right of its path?

When air is made to move (e.g. by a fan) it has a lower pressure than when it is still. Essentially, this moving air should become a low pressure zone relative to the static air around it and the ...
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Could Navier-Stokes equation be derived directly from Boltzmann equation?

I know how to derive Navier-Stokes equations from Boltzmann equation in case where bulk and viscosity coefficients are set to zero. I need only multiply it on momentum and to integrate it over ...
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Bernoulli's Equation for flow of gas and changing area

My task is to determine the size of piping needed in a system. In this system, hydrogen gas flows horizontally in a $\frac{3}{4}\,\mathrm{inch}$ pipe and into a vertical pipe of a larger diameter. My ...
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What is meant by “surge” in fluid mechanics?

When reading about the action of opening a volume at vacuum submerged in a fluid at pressure, the fluid is said to "surge", i.e. to fill the void space (the vacuum). Per Google, surge is defined as a ...
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Pressure change with a pipe diameter change

I have a question regarding a water line from the street to a house. What happens to the pressure in a water line if it goes from a 1" diameter pipe (at street) and increases to a 1.5" diameter pipe ...
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Basis for Derivation of Stokes Friction Law for Spheres

When deriving Stokes law one uses the Navier Stokes equation with the assumptions: low Reynolds number stationary flow in compressible flow leading to this version of the N.S : $$\nabla p = ...
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Speed of sound in non-newtonian fluids

Recently I saw some videos of non-newtonian (shear-thickening) fluids like corn starch mixed with water(sometimes known as oobleck), where the fluid is placed on top of a speaker cone and starts to ...
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Why do stellar boundaries exist?

What theorems or insights are available to decide wether a star with some given interdependence between its density, pressure and temperature distributions ought to have a boundary at a finite ...
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Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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Dynamic water pressure from flow and diameter

I have to test some fire hydrants and need to get the dynamic pressure. For that I know I can use a Pitot tube but, I don't have one. After Googling a lot, I found two formulas allowing to compute the ...
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Solve unsteady state Bernoulli equation for flow in a pipe

I am an engineer studying an unsteady-state flow through a pipe. The Pipeline has been cleanly cut into two halves, without deforming the cylindrical form of the pipe, exposing the contents to ...
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volume of the air bubble in the water

How does the depth affect the volume (the radius) of an air bubble in the water, if the temperature and density of the water are constant. Is there any relation combining this? Can I say that ...
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Acceleration of an bubble under the sea [duplicate]

An air bubble arises from the bottom of the sea. Find its acceleration if resistance force is proportional to $\rho Av$ where $\rho$ is density of water, $A$ is cross section area and $v$ is velocity ...
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Acceleration of an air bubble under the sea [on hold]

An air bubble arises from the bottom of the sea. Find its acceleration if: a) There is no resistance of water b) Resistance force is proportional to $\rho Av$ where $\rho$ is density of water, $A$ ...
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Hele-Shaw Flow/Hele-Shaw Cell Approximation

In the literature of microfluidics, the Hele-Shaw Flow/Hele-Shaw Cell Approximation appears often. Can someone briefly explain its origins and the related references for further reading? Thank you.
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Vortex in a Pipe / Solutions or approximations?

I want to study a vortex flow in a pipe; in other words helical flow. A couple introductory texts on fluid mechanics (e.g. Shames, Mechanics of Fluids) describe the solution to vortex flow in 2D: ...
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Origin of spin and direction in the magnus effect

If you solve the Bernoulli equation: $$p=p_0-\rho_0{v^2 \over 2}$$ using a complex flow potential for a flow around a cylinder: $$W(z)=v_0 z + {v_0 R^2 \over z} - {\Gamma \over 2 \pi } \ln(z)$$ you ...
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Is there a difference between solid-to-fluid convection and fluid-to-fluid convection?

I found an online calculator relating to convective heat transfer, but the calculator's description says it's for heat transfer between a solid surface and a moving fluid. However, the definitions ...
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Physical intuition for Lamb vector

In many aerodynamical descriptions involving vortex structures (e.g. the Crocco's theorem) there is a useful physical quantity called Lamb vector: $$ \vec{\omega} \times \vec{v} $$ where ...
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Prove thrust is double the dynamic pressure across area A [on hold]

Hey, I would be really thankful if someone could answer this for me. Prove that the value of the reaction thrust F equals twice the total dynamic pressure across the area A for an incompressible ...
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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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Water bombing - risks and possibilities

I just saw a video on youtube, where an excavator drops a load of water on a car, destroying it completely. I also saw a video with a fire-fighting plane dropping even more water on a burning truck. I ...
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Why does a propeller suck in air from the front?

A rotating but fixed propeller sucks in air from the front. What is the cause for this acceleration of air particles? Since propeller blades act like rotating wings, my best guess is that the blades ...
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Liquid jet in the absence of gravity [on hold]

On earth, we have liquid jets which are falling and accelerating under influence of gravity ( this cause their radius to decrease ) My question is about liquids in the absence of gravity. Can we make ...
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Changing the Density of a liquid while its surface tension is constant

I'm working on Plateau-Rayleigh waves and I want to investigate the effect of density of the liquid on the wavelength of these waves How can I change the density of the liquid while its surface ...
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Tornado Vortex Low-pressure Force

If a tornado forms not contacting the ground and then moves over a large flat roof and contacts that surface, producing low pressure above that surface and having normal, higher atmospheric pressure ...
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Water volume vs. pressure [on hold]

I have a pump that can deliver 14000 liter per hour. It is rated for a lift of 6m and a push of 36m. It has a 4m long 25mm hose as inlet(fed from a 30,0000l tank) and a 25mm outlet connected to 2m ...
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Vortex filaments in Stokes flow

Suppose that due to some sort of active process (like a moving boundary or an array of pumping source-sink dipoles) it was possible to create lasting vortex filament at low Reynolds number. While ...
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Nomenclature clarification concerning solitons

My experience with solitons is restricted to the classical setting, namely solutions to the quartic interaction $\phi^4$, the Sine-Gordon equation, and Korteweg–de Vries equations. I was explicit to ...
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finding work done by the buoyant force on a submerged object [closed]

A flotation device is in the shape of a right cylinder, with a height of 0.500 m and a face area of 4.00 m2 on top and bottom, and its density is 0.320 times that of fresh water. It is initially held ...
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How to restict air flow without reducing pressure

I have a large volume of lightly pressurized air say 10000 cubic feet at 1 psi above atmospheric pressure. I want to move it to another area through a duct which is 20 in by 20 in. Airflow will be ...
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inlet velocity calculation from mass flow rate [on hold]

I am struggling for following calculation, Could somebody please help me with this Mass flow rate and inlet velocity at 300 K and 40 mbar are 4.246 gm/minute and 32.8 cm/sec respectively, if the ...
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Interpretation of Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of an hyperbolic conservation law $\partial_t W + A \partial_x W = 0$

I read in a article dealing with a hyperbolic partial differential equations this statement : For any system of hyperbolic partial differential equations (pde), expressed as (1) ...
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Misunderstanding about Reynolds number

I am confused about Reynolds number. I am trying to use the formula to see if NASCAR cars have laminar or turbulent flow. But I am not sure how exactly to use the equation in order to do such ...
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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, ...
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Adding cinnamon to my coffee makes it stop whirling much faster: Why is thats?

When I stir my coffee in a cup, the fluid spins a long time, but when I pour cinnamon into the cup, the spinning fluid slows and stops very rapidly - why?
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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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What is the difference between vortexing and centrifuging?

I understand that vortexing will result in mixing / re-suspension of particles, and that centrifugation will result in the separation of particles. However, what is the difference in the physics that ...
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Fluid diodes for use with cryogens

My aim is to measure the pressure difference across a fluid diode (a tube which allows a fluid to flow easily in one direction and with difficulty in the other direction). Is there an equation which ...
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Why is an airplane propeller so different from a boat propeller in shape? [closed]

Examples: Airplane propeller Source:http://www.sensenich.com Boat propeller Source:http://www.nauticexpo.com It is obvious that the airplane propeller is drastically different from the boat ...
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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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Is there a relationship between maximum flow rate of a fluid through perforations in a cavity and the flow rate of the fluid in the cavity itself?

I have a scenario where water is flowing horizontally through a (rectangular) cavity. The underside of the cavity has a set of perforations that look something like: and I need to determine the ...
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Water Waves in the Wake of a Boat

As a boy I noticed that the waves from the wake of my model boat would fan out. If I looked at the end furthest from the boat the front had turned so that it was almost running in the same direction ...
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Explanation of the waves on the water planet in the movie Interstellar?

We will ignore some of the more obvious issues with the movie and assume all other things are consistent to have fun with some of these questions. Simple [hopefully] Pre-questions: 1) If the water ...
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Why are mass flow rates found using Venturi meter and pitot tube different?

Regarding an experiment to find the mass flow rate of a fluid (air) using a venturi meter and a pitot tube: What could be the cause of a variance in results obtained using the 2 instruments mentioned? ...
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Physical meaning of multipole moment

Is there a physical interpretation for multipole moments? For a quantity governed by the Laplace equation ($\nabla^2 \omega = 0$), I understand that the general solution is given by the multipole ...
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Does the definition of compressibility depend on the frame of reference?

According to many authors, a fluid is defined to be incompressible if the material derivative of the density $\frac{D\rho}{Dt}$ is zero, that is to say, that in an frame of reference following the ...
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Why does water flowing from a tap become thinner as it flows down

When I opened the tap, water flowing out from the openening became thinner as it flowed down. The same thing also happened when weather came out of a bottle. What is the reason for this? Is it ...
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Bernoulli Equation for isentropic ideal gas flow

If one derives the Bernoulli Equation for the isentropic ideal gas flow you get: $$ \frac{1}{2}v^2 + g z + \left(\frac{\kappa}{\kappa -1} \right) \frac{p}{\rho} = const. $$ Two questions: Is ...
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Effect of initial suction power on siphon performance

Background I have a flooded crawl space and I'm using a long hose to siphon the water out. I do this as follows: One side of the hose is in the crawl space, and the other side down a hill in the ...