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### What does “downshear” mean?

I occasionally read descriptions such as "downshear of the vortex" in meteorological publications. What does this mean?
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### Vorticity and circulation in potential flow

There is a plenty of situations where the vorticity $\vec{\omega} = \nabla \times \vec{u}$ is zero all over the system (i.e. potential flow) and yet the circulation $\Gamma$ is nonzero (e.g. ...
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### Prevention of fluid vortex formation

I've been looking for a way to prevent Vortex (whirlpool) formation in a pressurized vessel as it drains, but I am not having any luck finding the parameters at which vortex formation occurs. Is there ...
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### The relationship between height of water and the rotational speed inside a cup

When I stir the water inside a cup with a speed $v$ ( using a stick), I find that a vortex will be formed inside the cup, with the middle part of the water at the lowest point ( with the height $h_0$),...
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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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### Difference between Stuart Landau equation and Ginzburg Landau equation

I have to study the Ginzburg Landau equation, but I have been told to begin by a simplier equation: the Stuart Landau one. I understand that both of these equations are used to describe nonlinear ...
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### Rotational and irrotational flow

Can a rotational flow take place if there is no viscosity? If yes then will it always be rotational or will it become irrotational after some time?
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Could anyone suggest a good introductory book or any online resource about vorticity? I just now started to learn physics but I have a good mathematical background.
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### Vortex doublet in 2D

I am not from physics background and I am looking for some easy source for learning vortex doublet related theory. Can anyone suggest me something please?
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### Why do you feel air moving past you when you walk?

I know that when you walk through the air you form a wake vortex and turbulent air behind and the vortex grows the faster you walk. When I walk past people I almost feel wind that's behind them. So ...
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### Angular momentum transfer in a bottle vortex

A colleague and I were discussing the following fluid mechanics experiment, which most people have probably tried in their kitchen: take a bottle full of water (a 2-litre transparent soda pop bottle ...
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### Formation of vortices in superconductors

So I'm trying to understand how mixed state of a type II superconductor becomes the energetically favourable state. I've been through a simple approximate calculation considering a S-N boundary to ...
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### Why does a vortex have so much suction power?

A vortex that's on the ground(tornado) can rip tiles off a roof of a house and basically sucks in the roof tiles. On an aircraft that develops vortex lift the vortex sucks in air molecules and reduces ...
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### Frame dragging in general relativity versus classical vorticity concepts

Can anyone please clarify what one means by a vorticity in Space-Time? I'm aware of the vorticity in Fluid Mechanics. Is it the same vorticity that appears in General Relativity? Is vorticity related ...
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### Dirac equation in the presence of a defect

The 1D Dirac equation in the presence of a defect is described by a position dependent mass term known as a "kink" or "soliton". It is sign changing and tends to a constant at positive and negative ...
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### Emptying a bottle faster by swirl

A moment ago, I was emptying bottles filled with water (2 liters) that are on the terrace of my house. As I did so I remembered something I saw on TV a some time ago (I don't remember when or where or ...
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### Could a small vortex form off of a large vortex?

Is it possible that a small vortex may branch off of a larger vortex? Note: forgive the elementary drawing, I could not find anything better on the internets.
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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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### Do vortex tubes work with a reversed end plug?

Would a vortex tube still work if instead of a cone plugged into the 'hot' end you had a smaller hole on the 'cold' end? As I understand it, the point of the cone on the hot end is to only allow the ...