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The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring? [closed]

This picture is from this YouTube video from "Physics Girl", which shows how you can generate vortices in a swimming pool by using a plate: And there she explains the creation of the shaded circle ...
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$L^p$-weighted enstrophy calculations

Mathematician here, only somewhat familiar with physics, but finding myself involved in a research project on fluid dynamics. I'm studying a 3D simulation of turbulent fluid flow, and we are currently ...
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What are premultiplied energy spectra?

When speaking about turbulence in fluid mechanics many times authors speak about "premultiplied energy spectra" but they never explain what really it is. I have searched for a definition but I did not ...
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Turbulence and art [closed]

I read about turbulence a few days back.I saw a video showing the physics behind van gogh's starry night and physics.But I could not really understand the link between starry night and physics of ...
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Reference for passive scalar

I would like to learn about turbulence of a scalar advected by a random velocity field. I know that this problem can be solved analytically and that the statistics of the scalar field are ...
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Why hydrodynamic turbulence without heat terms matters?

A lot of research is made on turbulence in "pure" Navier-Stokes equations (NSE). There is a notion of energy cascade when energy comes from larger scales to lower scales and than dissipate. However ...
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Influence of a defect on the flow field

I have a long microchannel where flows some water. The reynolds number is much smaller than one. Within the structure of this microchannel there is a big defect. It looks like a bump of size ...
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Homogeneous turbulence [closed]

I'm trying to demonstrate the Karman-Howarth expression of isotropic turbulence for the velocity correlation functions: $R_{ij}(r)=A(r)r_ir_j + B(r)\delta_{ij}$ since: \begin{align} A(r) r^2 + ...
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Strong and weak turbulence

As far as I understand, in general, turbulence describes the process of transfer of energy from a large scale, at which a system is perturbed, to a small scale, where dissipation happens. At ...
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“Where” does dissipated enstrophy go?

We are all familiar with the kinetic energy dissipation and how it is converted into heat which can either be radiated away or go into the internal energy of the system. In the enstrophy transport ...
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What causes this region of stable flow past a cylinder as the Reynolds number is increased

Here's a screenshot of the stable flow Here's the full video. Warning turn down the volume. http://youtu.be/FuCrrnXqKXY?t=32s
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Finding turbulent velocity Fourier mode amplitudes from kinetic energy spectrum

A random vector field, such as a turbulent flow, can be decomposed into Fourier modes. Taking a snapshot in time (say an initial condition) we have that the randomly fluctuating component of the flow ...
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Why can we produce a sound by blowing across a blade of grass, a paper strip or similar

I just don't know how is the sound produced? Does it come from the vibration of the blade of grass or the air in the up and down?
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How do we force a turbulent fluid to keep the input energy rate equal to energy dissipation rate?

If I want to do a DNS (direct numerical simulation) for turbulent fluid, and I know $\nu$, how can I add an external force so that the input energy rate is equal to the energy dissipation rate? If ...
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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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Benefits of rear spoiler in cars

What would be the benefits of rear spoilers in cars, like this one:
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In terms of scale, where does the concept of Reynold's number cease to have meaning?

The Reynolds number is classically described in terms of pipe geometries but its use has also been usefully extended to other more complex surface geometries to predict transitional flow behavior. But ...
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Is turbulence due to the inertia of the fluid?

Turbulence is the time-dependent chaotic behavior seen in many fluid flows. Why is it generally believed that turbulence is due to the inertia of the fluid?
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Isn't it impossible to make a theoretical model to describe the behavior and the statistics of a turbulent flow? [closed]

Why mathematicians are interested to smooth solutions of Navier Stokes equations? For the three-dimensional system of equations, and given some initial conditions, mathematicians have not yet proved ...
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How do I enforce the no-slip boundary condition in time dependent incompressible pipe flow?

This is a technical problem which must have been solved already. It won't be in beginners textbooks but there should be a solution somewhere. I welcome reading suggestions. Maybe someone with ...
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Effect of Reynolds number on wake region

For a flow over a smooth sphere, does the wake region increases with increase in Reynolds number? And if so, then why?
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What's the corresponding symmetry of enstrophy conservation?

In fluid mechanics, especially 2D turbulence study, people talk about conservation of enstrophy. But I can't really understand enstrophy very well, and what's the corresponding symmetry of enstrophy ...
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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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How laminar or turbulent is air?

Consider an outdoors scenario, with good weather and no sensible air currents at the floor level. How turbulent or laminar is the air surrounding this environment?
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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 do I calculate the Reynolds number in multiphase flows?

I am modeling a gas flowing through a liquid. How do I calculate the Reynolds number in multiphase flows? And, at what Reynolds number should I consider the flow to be turbulent? The problem is of a ...
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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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Determining fluid flow velocity from experimental volumetric flow rate data

I would be very grateful if someone helps me with my issue. I have a pump pumping water into a tube. My goal is to find velocity of the fluid flow in another tube that will be connected to the first ...
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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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Similarities between laminar-turbulence transition and others like BCS-BEC crossover, quark-hadron transition etc

From my limited readings on fluid dynamics, my understanding is that as the system changes from near-laminar flows to full turbulence, the dimensionless Reynolds number changes from $ R << 1$ to ...
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Kolmogorov/Energy spectrum for turbulent boundary layer

Previously, I have calculated energy spectrum for 3D isotropic turbulent flow data which is equally spaced in all three directions and then to compute the energy spectrum, one performs Fourier ...
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Minimum amount of fluid to experience turbulence?

Turbulence is a challenge to model and simulate: "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the ...
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Meaning/picture of the statement: “Turbulent flow is chaotic. However, not all chaotic flows are turbulent”

Wikipedia states that Turbulent flow is chaotic. However, not all chaotic flows are turbulent. Someone give a picture for that?
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Water falling, why does it spin?

I have noticed that water, when falling will rotate. Looking closely at a thin stream from a faucet and placing a flat object mid stream you will see the water is rotating. The further down the stream ...
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How fast would a truck have to go to pull a pedestrian onto the road? [closed]

Let's suppose a pedestrian P is walking or standing next to a highway. Suppose a truck T will drive by the said pedestrian at speed V leaving distance L between the two. Assuming L is a reasonably ...
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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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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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How can a fly be in the space of a roofless car, get out of the car space and get back in while the car is driving at the speed of 80mph? [closed]

I was driving in a cabriolet car at the speed of 80mph, while a fly flew in and out of the frame of the car. My question is, How can the fly leave the frame and get back in? Is it possible that it ...
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Explain Turbulence [closed]

I'm a high school student. I still don't understand what turbulence is. Please can you explain what it really is? This is what I think it is: rotating motion of water when a particle travels at a ...
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About how fast can a small fish swim before experiencing turbulent flow around its body? [closed]

About how fast can a small fish swim before experiencing turbulent flow around its body? An Engineering Problem! Please go through this question step by step. :D
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Number of blades in a helicopter rotor

I was wondering how it is possible to determine what is the optimal number of blades in a helicopter rotor. I think that the length of the blade is involved as a longer blades would have to spin ...
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Phase Space Flow

Phase space flow shares characteristics with fluid flow such as incompressibility by Liouville's theorem. Extending the similarities one might be curious, does phase space flow have a characteristic ...
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What is the apparent viscosity in shear thinning turbulent flow through a pipe? [duplicate]

The explanation of shear rate in laminar flow is straightforward: We imagine small layers of fluid that glide on each other. Now, in turbulent flow, this does not work as there are no layers. If I ...
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What's the shear rate in a turbulent flow?

The explanation of shear rate in laminar flow is straightforward: We imagine small layers of fluid that glide on each other. Now, in turbulent flow, this does not work as there are no layers. I'm not ...
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Regarding formulation of a multipoint model of fluid dynamics

Suppose I am trying to formulate a multipoint model of fluid dynamics. I have a procedure for doing so the details of which is not important to this question, but only that it is based on a series ...
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Variance and Intermittency in turbulence

In the turbulent transport of a scalar field, $\Phi$, decomposed into mean and fluctuating components, $\Phi=\left<\Phi\right>+\phi^\prime$, the scalar variance is defined as ...
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Calculating Length Scales from Passive Scalar Field

I have a set of PLIF images of a passive scalar advected in a turbulent flow. I'm wondering if it's possible to estimate the integral length-scale based on the images of the passive scalar, and if ...
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What are the length and time scales in turbulence?

I haven't been able to understand what are does someone mean by length and time scales, while talking about turbulence. Can someone explain it to me or give me a link where i can find a good ...
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Visualisation of vortex flows

Are there examples of vortex flows (eg: von Karman vortex street or large eddies) which are visualized in a way apart from displaying where the mass is displayed? I can imagine there to be a display ...
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Where else in physics does one encounter Reynolds averaging?

Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations (RANS) is one of the approaches to turbulence description. Physical quantities, like for example velocity $u_i$, are represented as a sum of a mean and a ...