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### How does a hovercraft hover, if it has low pressure underneath it?

I've read a few different explanations of how hovercrafts hover, and they all mention a low-pressure cushion of air. This confuses me though: If there is low pressure under the hovercraft, why doesn't ...
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### Why does Bernoulli's principle work?

So, if we have a large pipe which is constricted in the middle, the fluid in the middle section will move faster. Why is it so? What dictates that liquid that an X amount of it must pass on the other ...
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### why does the temperature of spray cans always feel cooler than the temperature of the environment? [duplicate]

I know why sprayed gas is cooler due to evaporation thru different pressures, but I can't understand why is the can temperature always lower than environment?
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### Determining the components of the force on a curved surface due to pressure

I have a cross section of a half-tube with a pressure gradient across it causing a force outwards. I am attempting to extract the vertical component (in relation to diagram) of the force on this semi-...
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### How do I find out the excess pressure of the gas supply?

I have to find out the value of the excess pressure of the gas supply in a manometer. I'm not sure how to do this so it would be great is someone could help me. I also have to write my answer in ...
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### Does atmosphere pressure affect the reading of a submerged barometer?

Suppose that: Temperature is stable. Atmosphere pressure at mean sea level is 1013hpa. I have a water proof barometer. Would the barometer reading be different between the following two scenarios? ...
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### How to calculate radius of a sphere of Ideal gas?

The problem I am faced with is approximating the mass of the sun, and I thought that a fancy approach would be to approximate the sun as being made up entirely of hydrogen atoms, finding the resulting ...
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### Will this balloon rise?

A helium balloon contains mostly helium which is an inert gas that is less dense than the air around it, suppose I drained all the air molecules from the balloon and note that this special balloon can ...
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### Why do unused tires lose their pressure?

I have two tires, and I filled both with air at the same pressure. I used one for one month and kept the other one unused. Surprisingly, at the end of first month I found that the first tire had ...
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### Why doesn't atmospheric pressure crush thick walled structures?

There is one thing that puzzles me: common explanation of why don't structures collapse under the enormous atmospheric pressure (~101300N/m^2) is that the force pushing from inside balances out the ...
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### Relationship of the volume of a plumbing system to pressure

How does the volume of water a plumbing system holds vary with water pressure? I know the ratio would include the modulus of elasticity of the plumbing material, the total surface area of the plumbing ...
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### How to derive velocity pressure in English units?

I know that velocity pressure can be calculated from dynamic pressure according to the potential energy of pressure (from Bernoulli's equation): $$P = \frac{1}{2} \rho \overline{V}^2$$ where P = ...
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### Why does plugging a hole in an airplane's fuselage result in a huge (10x) atmospheric pressure spike?

While reading about uncontrolled decompression, I came across one famous airline incident, Aloha Airlines Flight 243, where the article I was reading discussed a 1-square-foot hole created in the ...
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### Why is the melting point of an object inversly proportional to pressure?

In my science book it is written that as the pressure increases the melting point of a solid decreases but i think that it is wrong as the pessure will make the molecules stick together instead of ...
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### Where does air pressure come from?

Where does air pressure come from? I thought it was from gravity or the speed of the gas resulting from its heat. However, analyzing my own hypotheses, I think that my 'heat conjecture' is probably ...
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### Why don't things get destroyed by gas molecules flying around?

Gas molecules go at an insane velocity, and though they are miniscule, yet there is a LOT of them. Of course, because of all these molecules hurtling around, there is air pressure; yet if you envision ...
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### In the Ideal Gas Law, what does “fixed amount” of gas mean?

Does it mean mass? If so, wouldn't Pressure/Temperature basically represent its density?
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### What is the pressure of falling water?

Imagine a breaking wave 10m high. The wave breaks onto a beach. What is the maximum pressure created by the wave on the beach, ignoring effects such as might be cause by air?
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Here's an exercise from Jackson: A plane wave is incident normally on a perfectly absorbing flat screen. From the law of conservation of linear momentum show that the pressure exerted from the ...
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### Would an undersea reverse osmosis station work?

According to Wikipedia, saltwater reverse osmosis occurs at 600-1200 PSI. Saltwater adds .455 PSI per foot, so 900 PSI would be at a depth of about 1980 ft or 603 meters. This is about halfway ...
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### Why can I feel the air inside the pump pressing against my finger when it is at 1 bar (atmospheric pressure)? [duplicate]

Atmospheric pressure is approximately 1 bar, but when I cover my bike pump with my finger and increase the pressure to 1 bar I can feel it pushing my finger away - how come? I'm guessing that what ...
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### How does force transmit through a solid block?

If you take a solid block, say, a cube of side length $l$ with density $\rho$, you place it upon a solid floor, and you apply an external pressure of $p(x,y)$ on the upper face ($x$ and $y$ define a ...
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### Any general method of determining changes in speed of sound with pressure?

I need to correct speed of sound measurements in various gases for changes in ambient pressure, typically 700-1100 mBar. Is there any general theoretical model available for this? Especially something ...
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### Equation involving; elastic modulus, poisson ratio, radius and pressure of a sphere [closed]

I am trying to determine the expansion of a spherical pressure vessel. I am certain that an equation exist that will define the change of radius of the sphere as the pressure increases. The vessel ...
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### Explanation of relationship between pressure and poiling point of water [closed]

Explain how an increase in pressure elevates the boiling point of water, while reducing the pressure depresses the boiling point?
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### What are pressure threshold patches called in professional terminology?

I am making a small combustion chamber, and need to measure the pressure when a combustion occurs. This is a hobby project, so I don't have enough money to buy a dP cell with a remote membrane for ...
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### Partial pressures - beyond the concept of point masses

Imagine that I have 100 atoms of oxygen and 100 atoms of lead put together in a container. By kinetic theory of gases, they should be considered as point masses thus the partial pressure of oxygen ...
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### How to find the force due to fluid pressure over a surface?

The question is about sphere like surfaces, like the hemispherical base of a cylinder as shown. The cylinder is filled with fluid till the given height $h$, and the density of the fluid is $\rho$ ...
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### Negative pressure

How is negative pressure created in a fluid system?Isn't it counter intuitive that we are reducing the pressure of a system containing no molecules(zero pressure) to a lower value?
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### Self-made air pump - What does it take to pump up a balloon?

We are building a simple altitude-controlled balloon (idea borrowed from Google Loons). As part of that, we need an air pump to inflate a balloon acting as ballast (which is called a Ballonet in ...
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### How much does barometric pressure change over minutes?

I have to correct an ongoing experiment for atmospheric pressure. This means that during the experiment I must read a chip that measures barometric pressure. The question becomes one of how rapidly I ...
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### Can sound frequency create more ideal conditions for fire?

You may have seen the recent story of a device that engineers claim can extinguish flames using sound frequency. An older article loosely explains the theory behind how this works: Sound travels ...
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### Air leaking out of a tire

My bike was not used for over 7 months, It has no holes on it. Yet I found it empty, is there a specific reason why air leaks out of objects without any "force" acting upon the tire to force the air ...
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### Altitude altimeter application

What is the most precise formula to calculate altitude and what parameters should i considet such as pressure, temperature, dew point, ... I am developing an altimeter app and i don't know what the ...
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### Difference between hydrostatic and uniaxial pressure

I'm confused with these two terminologies. Does 'hydrostatic' means every direction while 'uniaxial' means one direction? What're they usually used for?
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### When to use h = Cp∆T or u = Cv∆T

I'm getting myself confused on when to use h = cp∆T or u = cv∆T where cp is the specific ...
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### Can I blow soap bubbles (of air) inside a vacuum chamber?

When I blow soap bubbles from a liquid dish soap mixed with distilled water at atmospheric pressure at ground level both internal and external air pressure nullify and the tension of the bubbles holds,...
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### How does water pressure manifest itself on the molecular level?

Second, related question: does water density relate to, or cause, water pressure? Everyone I talk to dismisses the idea that water density substantially affects pressure, and emphasizes that water is ...
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### What if you opened a door in a spaceship without a spacesuit?

In movies/cartoons you see astronauts and people in spaceships opening doors and closing them again with no suits on. Is it possible in "real life" or would you die immediately? Because consider this: ...
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### Microscopic definition of dynamic pressure of fluids

So we have a moving fluid and we know from Bernouli's equation that there is a term called dynamic pressure(not to be confused with the hydrostatic pressure of the fluid). So,what exactly is it and ...
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### Practical nozzle question / mass of finger?

A spray bottle i own broke off its compressor tip so i fashioned another one from a rubber tube, a pen lid, an ear plug and a 1 mm radius tube from a computer cleaning duster. The opening of the ...
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### Does spin degeneracy affect ideal Fermi gases in any way as T->Infinity?

In other words, given any system comprised of an ideal Fermi gas, in the high-temperature (classical) limit, are there any observable thermodynamic quantities (pressure, volume, energy, density, etc.) ...
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### Why does the system move until equal temperatures are obtained?

In my college level thermodynamics class, the teacher gave us the example of a closed system which consisted of a box thermally insulated. A piston fully divides the box in two parts, and each is ...
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### Can a volume of N2 be more negative than -14.7 psi?

Ok. I’m getting -30 PSI on a gauge calibrated at 0 for 1 ATM. Let’s say I have a chamber with a volume of 20L of N2 at 1 ATM. A vacuum pump that can pump to absolute vacuum let’s say 1X10^-10mTORR. ...
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### How much atmospheric pressure (CO2) is required to carry iron oxide dust in the wind?

It is common knowledge that there are dust devils and dust storms on Mars. But can we demonstrate that the atmospheric pressure on Mars, which is 0.6% of the pressure we experience on Earth, provides ...
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### Work needed to pump the balloons

Let's suppose that we want to pump the balloons underwater from the initial volume $V_0$ to the volume $V_1$. The pressure there equals $p_1$ and the atmospheric pressure is $p_0$. It is claimed ...
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### How does the Cross section of a toy hovercraft affect on the time that it hovers? [duplicate]

My question is about a toy hovercraft - a balloon connected to a CD. I need to know about something. How does cross section of the pipe affect the time that the toy hovercraft hovers above the surface?...
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### How pressure effects on the time that a toy hovercraft hovers?

I'm working on a project and I have a question. How does the volume and pressure of the balloon affect the time the hovercraft hovers above ground? This relates to my earlier question where I ...