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Diffusion is the net movement (spreading out) of molecules or atoms down a concentration gradient: from a region of high concentration to a region of low concentration.

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Is Gas flow rate or Volumertric flow rate right one to use for thick wall?

I will make container from steel or aluminium ( 0.5 mm thickness ) and fill it with air (2 bar) and I want to know how much pressure would the container loose overtime (20 years) ? I have asked this ...
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Why do individual clouds not diffuse into a single less dense cloud?

On a partly cloudy day, many individual clouds can be observed in the sky. I would expect that the moisture in the clouds would want to diffuse out into the other less dense non-clouded areas. ...
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Viscous accretion disk, green formula

I have this problem. I am studying a the viscous accretion disk problem and in the assumption of constant viscosity the equation of diffusion of the superficial density becomes: $$ \frac{\partial}{\...
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Diffusion of carbon monoxide in air

I have been reading about carbon monoxide online. It is lighter than air; Yet, in the case of fire, most online sources claim it spreads evenly throughout a room. Why is this the case? How is it ...
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Why would oscillation of a gas column inhibit rather than promote mixing?

Many years ago I helped to support an experiment conducted in Japan which investigated the effects of high frequency oscillation ventilation (HFOV) on the mixing and distribution of gas into the lungs....
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Stokes-Einstein Relationship to find time taken to diffuse $x$ distance? [closed]

A molecule has a diffusion coefficient of 0.5 × 10-9 m2s-1. Calculate how long it would take on average for the molecule to diffuse 10 µm. So I have the above ...
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Room with open door and heater : use inside boundary conditions or heat source for PDE?

I want to model the stationary temperature in a room (=square) that has one open door (=side) is otherwise perfectly insulated is heated through a (circular) heater that is placed somewhere in the ...
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Calculation of charged sphere distribution near a wall in Cartesian coordinates

I am following a similar derivation as found in the beginning of this paper "Quantitative aspects of the growth of (charged) silica spheres" by A.P. Philipse. This paper calculates the growth of a ...
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Understanding various types of motion

In classical statistical mechanics, given a system of particles, one often goes about classifying various dynamics (or types of motion) the system may exhibit on different time scales, but studying ...
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How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: $$\tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p R^...
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Physical reason why Prandtl number is order unity for gases?

Is there a physical reason behind the fact that for gases the thermal diffusivity is on the same order of magnitude as kinematic viscosity (and as such a Prandtl number of order unity) and if so what ...
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Overdamped Fokker-Planck equation with general force field (gradient + ratation)

I am looking for general formulation of the overdamped Fokker-Planck equation (='Smoluchowski eq.') for a diffusing particle in general force field $F = -\nabla U + \nabla\times A$ . So far I have ...
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Diffusion coefficient for asymmetric (biased) random walk

I want to obtain a Fokker-Planck like equation by taking the continuous limit of a discrete asymmetric random walk. Let the probability of taking a step to the right be $p$, and the probability of ...
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How does air going through silica gel change its humidity

Assume that the properties(temperature,humidity,velocity and so on) of the incoming air flow stay constant. The air flow goes through a silica gel plate. Humidity of the air will decrease, but how to ...
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What happens when a semipermeable membrane allows only one solute to pass through?

I'm essentially a medical student where we deal a lot with osmosis. But when we are taught, it is done generally with only a single solute in consideration. What if two different solutes are used on ...
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Deriving a diffusion equation from a given mass flux density [closed]

I am given that the mass flux density $q$ of a substance in a medium obeys the following physical law. $$q=-D\frac{n^3}{n-n_0}\frac{\partial n}{\partial x}+nv,$$ where $n(x,t)$ is the ...
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Connecting the diffusion coefficient in 2-dimensions and 3-dimensions?

Say the diffusion coefficient of the concentration of a particle in a fluid in 3-dimensions is $D_{3\textrm{d}}$. Can we estimate the diffusion coefficient of the same particle in the same fluid, in a ...
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Diffusion (2 species) versus advection (1 species)

Why do we see diffusion with 2 species but advection with a single species if both cases involve molecules spreading to increase entropy? To take a physical example: Let's say I have a box with two ...
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When I open a window to air out the room, how does the smell disperse?

Let's say I'm in a room with some kind of noxious stink, possibly of flatulent nature. The quickest way to right the world that comes to mind is to open a window. When I open a window, how do the ...
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Dependance of diffusion coefficient on size?

What's the dependance of the diffusion coefficient on size? More explicitly, suppose I have a particles of characteristic length $l$, dissolved in a liquid. How does $D$, the diffusion coefficient of ...
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1-D Fick's first law - partial derivative?

I've recently been reviewing some concepts, including diffusion. Fick's 1st law: $$J = -D\frac{\partial C(x,t)}{\partial x}$$ as I understand it, applies to the steady state. For 1-D diffusion and ...
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Derivation of the diffusion coefficient?

The diffusion coefficient relates the particle flux $J$ to the gradient in the number density (of the 'labelled' particles) $\frac{\partial \bar n}{\partial z}$ such that; $$J=-D \frac{\partial \bar n}...
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Does nature really follow the heat equation?

I think the heat equation says that the first derivative of temperature with respect to time in a stationary solid varies as the negative of the second derivative of temperature with respect to ...
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can 3D diffusion be interpreted as superposition of 1D diffusion

Is diffusion of a substance in water independent in the X, Y and Z directions? In other words, if I want to solve how a substance diffuses through a volume, can I separately solve equations for its ...
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Rigorous derivation of Fick's first law

I am looking for a rigorous derivation of Fick's law, i.e. that the current density $\mathbf{j}$ satisifies $\mathbf{j} = - D \nabla u$ where $u$ is e.g. some concentration and $D$ the diffusion ...
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Thermal diffusion equation with heat per unit length?

Let us say we have a metal rod. Along that rod there is a rate of heat generation of H per unit length. If we assume we are in the steady state then I would expect us (from the thermal diffusion ...
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Heat Losses from water pan due to vaporisation before boiling

I'm studying heat transfer from an electric heater to a cooking pan (Stainless steel) filled with water; specifically, my problem is related to water vaporisation, as I've already found good models to ...
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Waterproof Case Time Limits [closed]

A lot of cellphone cases are rated safe for one hour at two meter depth. I assume this is due to water molecule diffusion along case seams (like the zipped zipper in a ziplock bag), right? Is there ...
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trying to figure out an expansion in Brownian motion derivation

In the derivation for the diffusion equation on the wikipedia article for Brownian motion, they have these equations: I can't figure out how $\rho(x+\Delta,t)$ gets expanded, though. For a Taylor ...
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The validity of constitutive diffusive fluxes

In transport phenomena the diffusive fluxes for mass, energy and momentum are the constitutive laws: $$\boldsymbol{j}_c=-D\boldsymbol{\nabla}c \quad \boldsymbol{j}_T=-k\boldsymbol{\nabla}T \quad \...
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More intuition in understanding diffusion

This is a short conceptual question: (I think I'm confusing some very key concepts, here's an attempt to try and resolve it) Systems whose dynamics are governed by diffusion, for example a particle ...
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Why do we need Diffusion currents to explain semiconductor current flow?

Why do we need the idea of carrier concentrations to explain current flow? Can we simply not associate the disparity in carrier concentrations between two samples to a disparity in relative charge ...
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Speed of spontaneous mixing of different gases

Suppose we have a rectangular box divided into two equal cubic parts by a vertical impenetrable wall. Part 1 of the box contains a standard state mixture of $(1-x)$ mole of gas $A$ (e.g. Oxygen) and $...
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Heuristics behind Dirac delta function in Master equation for probability?

I'm reading this paper [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 160601 (2011)] and it studies simple diffusion where a particle stochastically resets to its initial position $x_0$ at a constant rate $r$. As you can see,...
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alternative derivation of Einstein relation

Is there a derivation of the Einstein–Smoluchowski relation without the assumption of the Boltzmann distribution? Every time I see a derivation, it always assumes the Boltzmann distribution, such as ...
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Diffusion of magnetization (NMR)

In the context of MRI I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of magnetization diffusion. Consider a sample that is magnetized by an external magnetic field. We have displacement of magnetic moment ...
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Fick's first law inhomogeneous proof

I have seen Fick's first law of diffusion derived for a homogeneous material many times, however I am struggling to find a satisfactory proof for inhomogeneous, particularly for particle diffusion. ...
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Diffusion velocity

I understand that diffusion is the movement of particles from high concentration areas to low concentration, but what is the cause of that movement atomically? And especially in the case of charge ...
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Brownian motion, net displacement, and diffusion - conceptual

I'm having trouble reconciling some conceptual issues of brownian motion. Let's say we have a box with two compartments separated by a membrane. Solute is at a high concentration on one side, and at ...
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Does diffusion current in semiconductor always exist?

According to what I understand, diffusion current is caused by the change in concentration of charge carriers in semiconductor (free electrons and holes) from higher concentration region to lower ...
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Diffusion of gas into vaccum

I'm interested in solving the diffusion equation for gas in vacuum. I have a general question and a more specific questions. What I know: The Diffusion Equation: For density function $\phi(\vec{\...
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Riemannian generalization/adaption of the Hubbard–Stratonovich transformation

I'd like to write the Hubbard–Stratonovich (HS) transformation of a scalar function on a Riemannian manifold. This transformation is quite simple in Euclidean space. One can consider it as a Fourier ...
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Confusion regarding interpretation of a diffusion related PDE?

So I was reading Keller & Segel paper related to mathematical model of cellular aggregation in slime molds. In the model (considering 2D assumption) we have an equation like below: $\frac{\...
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Show that the boundary layers diffuse out from the plate with speed $\sqrt{\frac{\nu}{t}}$ [closed]

I was wondering if somebody would be able to help me with this problem. I know how to solve it using dimension arguments but I'm unsure what is meant by transformation techniques. Any help would be ...
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Stochastic process generating fractional diffusion

One way to generate Brownian motion is as follows: Define a waiting time probability distribution $\psi(t)$ and step length probability distribution $\lambda(x)$. Require also that $\langle \psi \...
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How do I apply a renormalization technique to estimate the fractal dimension of a diffusion limited aggregate?

Diffusion Limited Aggregation (DLA) is an interesting phenomena observed in nature and discussed here. From a theoretical view point, it'd be nice to know about the fractal dimension of a DLA formed ...
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How does the dissolution of salt affect the solution density?

Suppose you have a container of water as a solvent and you a certain amount of salt as a solute sitting at the bottom of the container that has yet to start dissolving. Supposing temperature and ...
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1D drift-diffusion equation with single absorbing boundary

If we have just the simple diffusion equation (in 1D): $$ \frac{\partial P(x,t)}{\partial t} = D \frac{\partial^2 P(x,t)}{\partial x^2} $$ with an absorbing boundary at x=0 and initial condition $P(x,...
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How does fluid velocity affect the dissolution of some solute in the fluid?

Suppose we have a perfect sphere of some solute such as sugar and we place it in a fluid such as water, at a certain temperature, that is not moving. It will dissolve and diffuse into the water due to ...
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No diffusion term in conservation of mass in Navier-Stokes equations?

I have followed derivations of the Navier-Stokes equations and I can see how the various terms arise in the "main equation", the momentum conservation equation. However I don't understand why the ...