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

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Is a falling, perfect sheet of fluid possible to create?

This is a bit of an abstract question so I'll try explain this as best I can from the bottom up. I would like to know if it is possible to observe a sheet of fluid, much like a sheet of glass, ...
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How much effect does the Bernoulli effect have on lift?

I understand that the Bernoulli effect is a flawed explanation for the cause of lift, and does not cause much at all, but how much? Is there any experimental data on the force caused by the ...
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Gas pressure and centrifugal force

I think about a rotating torus (simplified tire) filled with ideal gas. Mass of gas is $m$ and molar mass is $M$. Pressure in non rotating torus is $p_0$. Temperature is constant $T$. Inner radius of ...
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Why does blowing on hot coffee cool it down?

And will it cool off faster if you blow across the top of the cup or directly into the coffee? Does it have to do with the fact that when you blow across the top of the cup the velocity of the air ...
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Why do hydraulic jumps form?

I know that a hydraulic jump is formed when a zone of supercritical flow discharges into a zone of subcritical flow, but why exactly is a hydraulic jump formed? From a mechanical point of view, are ...
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Why does a minor vertical vibration cause my coffee to spill?

When I walk my kid sometimes I put a cut of coffee in a cupholder attached to the stroller. When I push the stroller over a brick pavement it seems to vibrate vertically. That is enough for the coffee ...
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Work to pump water through a hole in a trapezoidal prism

So I don't want to give the full details of the problem I'm working on, since I want to solve it myself. But I'm not sure which physical principles I'm supposed to use, since this is a Calc 2 ...
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Is the viscous sublayer size universal?

We know the non-dimensionalized distance of the viscous sub-layer is 5 wall units for a turbulent boundary layer. It is common to see this in Fluid Mechanics books but seems somewhat arbitrary. I ...
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calculate ph if C=0.02 [on hold]

we have a solution CH3COOH (acetic acid) (0.02 mol/l) and its KA is 1.8*10^(-5) calculate the PH of the solution above I tried everything but I failed and couldn't do it wasted about hours on this ...
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Lattice Gas Cellular Automata - HPP model square lattice

In the HPP model of LGCA, a square lattice is used and there is only one collision configuration as mentioned in figure (taken from the book Lattice Gas Cellular Automata and Lattice Boltzmann models ...
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Physics of Snow Globe

What is the physics behind snow flakes inside a 3D snow globe? If I were to implement a snow globe in computer graphics what kind of model do I need to the flakes motion like a real snow globe? What ...
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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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Could the phenomenon of vortex bursting be exploited to reduce wake turbulence?

One of the classic stories in the annals of aerospace engineering is the development (and subsequent redesign) of the F-18 and its Leading Edge Extensions (LEX) due to fatigue problems, problems that ...
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Simulation of fluid flow using Euler equation

I have been looking on Euler's equations for a while and can't grasp one thing. Suppose we have initial system state with volumes of fluid "hanging" in air (time is frozen and equal to zero), each of ...
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Force to stop a moving rope vs. stagnation pressure of a fluid

Let $\lambda$ be a linear density of a rope which is moving into a scale at velocity v. The additional force on the scale due to the collision is given as $\frac{d p}{d t} = v\frac{d m}{d t} = ...
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How does throttling effect the upstream flow?

Let's assume we have a simple duct with a fan (compressor) situated somewhere along it. The fan runs at the same speed always. At the end of the duct, downstream of the fan, there is a throttle valve. ...
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Why is compressible flow near the choke point so efficient?

Imagine a steady state, one-dimensional, compressible flow in a horizontal pipe of constant cross sectional area. This flow can be isothermal, adiabatic (Fanno), or diabatic (Rayleigh). As an ...
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Does increasing diameter of a water pipe increase speed or volume?

Let's say water is flowing from an arbitrary Source to some arbitrary Sink via a small pipe: I'm curious as to what actually ...
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Pressures in multiple hydraulic drive system circuits when driving common drive shaft

Assume that there are two 'idealised' and identical hydraulic drive system circuits each consisting of a connected positive displacement pump and hydraulic motor where both motors (from each ...
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Why do co-rotating vortices coalesce, but not counter-rotating ones?

In studying the aerodynamics of modern aircraft equipped with high-lift devices, I have discovered that quite a number of distinct trailing vortices are present in the immediate wake of an airplane in ...
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Can we 'see' the Kolmogorv microscale

My understanding of Kolmogorov Microscale is that in a turbulent fluid, smaller eddies tend to be similiar to larger eddies - until you arrive at the microscale. My understanding (that may be wrong) ...
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Antipodes are mostly ocean - so what happens after digging that hole through earth?

Digging a hole through earth is a common thought experiment, often used to explain effects of gravity. But what would happen if someone finally dug the hole? Sure, he took care to stabilize and ...
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What does the Reynolds Number of a flow represent physically?

What does the Reynolds Number of a flow represent physically? I am having trouble understanding the meaning and the utility of the Reynolds number for a certain flow, could someone please tell me how ...
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Will a drop of liquid flow from from the wide opening to the narrow opening of a thin funnel by the effect of air pressure?

We have a funnel that is thin enough to keep a drop of liquid inside it as shown in this figure. Assuming that the funnel is placed on a horizontal table, will the drop flow from the left side to ...
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Understanding velocity gradients in fluids

So I'm having trouble understanding velocity gradients conceptually, I have little physics training passed physics 101 (I'm a biologist), but I'm currently working in an endothelium research lab with ...
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Lotus effect dust removal

I have found hundreds of papers describing the contact angle of water droplet sitting on hydrophobic surface and the change between Wenzel Regime and the Cassie-Baxter regime. Now, as I understand ...
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A way to track a gas's expansion

I was wondering if there is a way to see, empirically, how a gas behaves. Perhaps the most natural way is to use fumes with color, but they quickly disperse, rendering partially useless. Are there ...
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Acceleration of particles in a pipe with variable cross section

I am currently making an exercise from Paterson,1983, IV.3.ii. It goes as follows Water flows steadily and incompressibly along a pipe whose area cross section $A(x)$ varies slowly with the ...
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What is the physical application of Navier-Stokes existence and smoothness?

Recently, mathematician Mukhtarbay Otelbaev published a paper Existence of a strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, in which he claim that he solved one of the Millennium Problems: Existence ...
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How can a gas support tensile stresses?

In working through a rigorous derivation of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations, I find that the momentum flux in the X-direction should be driven not only by the normal pressure gradient ...
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Examples of nearly perfect fluids and gases

When learning for physics (hydrodynamics and gases) I wanted to know what would be examples of nearly perfect fluids (no surface effects and no friction) and perfect gases (only elastic collisions and ...
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Pressure at the front and back of a fan

I have a fan which is inside a duct. When the fan is off, the pressure at the front and back of the blade remains the same. Now when it is running, the velocity of the air below will be more because ...
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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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Analogy between fluid dynamics and electromagnetism

I've been reading a set of notes (Chapter 13 of Caltech Ph 136 notes from 2004, by Blandford and Thorne) that draw an analogy between fluid dynamics and electromagnetism, identifying the magnetic ...
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What is the Reynolds Number? [duplicate]

In terms of laminar and turbulent flow, and the likes, what is the Reynolds number? Please provide just a general answer, I only need a basic understanding.
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What is the mechanism of vortex angular acceleration?

When a vortex forms there is a linear motion of a less dense fluid rising through a descending heavier fluid. How does this linear density exchange power the rotation of a vortex? Please note that I ...
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Fluid Virtual Mass

In this paper of Lighthill, the author studies the motion of a fish in a constant flow field $U$, modelling the movement of the fish as a deforming, rotationally symmetric, rigid surface in an ...
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Dyson Air Blade as a propulsion system?

I've read from many sources that Dyson Air Multipliers are more efficient and quieter than normal fans. Now, with the proof of concept, is it possible to use its principles as a propulsion system for, ...
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How effective is speeding?

At a simple level, speeding in a car attempts to minimize the time required to travel a distance by utilizing the basic relationship: $$d=st$$ So for a given distance, time should be inversely ...
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st. venant shallow water equations for pipe flow

As far as I know from the fluid dynamics class, St. Venant equations (the shallow water equations) are derived by depth-integrating the Navier-Stokes equations. This depth-integrating is done with the ...
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Laminar flow in low-permeability material. Which is faster, gas or a liquid?

I consider a simple low-permeability material $(k \sim 10^{-18}\;\text{m}^2)$. Now I either apply a gas (e.g. nitrogen) pressure or liquid (water) pressure of - let's say $10\;\text{MPa}$ - on one ...
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Spontaneous motion in a wind tunnel

Suppose that a hollow truncated cone is placed in a wind tunnel with a steady wind speed $V$. The cone is placed in such a way that it's base of area $A_1$ faces the wind (rather than the other side ...
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Is a non-Newtonian gas possible?

I was wondering if it was possible to have a Non-Newtonian Gas. I was planning a science fair experiment to try to create one if its possible.
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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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Which temperature to evaluate fluid properties in pipe?

I am always confused about which temperature to evaluate fluid properties at. Let's say I have a helical pipe and I know the inlet temperature, outlet temperature, and surface temperature and the ...
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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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(How) Does A Vortex Speed Drainage?

When a sink drains it forms a vortex. Does that vortex speeds drainage. If yes, how does the vortex speed drainage? The only relevant thing I could find was an expensive article and a science fair ...
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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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Problem understanding basic sail mechanics

I am trying to understand the physics behind a single sailed boat. I have read the following questions Sailing against the wind. Is this a fair model? What exactly is the 'lift' of a ...
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Irrotational fluid

Often, when threating some problem of fluid dynamics I have read that people make the approximation of irrotational fluid, i.e. the velocity field is assumed irrotational: $$ \nabla \times \vec{v}=0 ...