# Questions tagged [drag]

The force on a body resulting from it's motion through a fluid (gas or liquid). This force is directly opposed to the direction of travel.

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### Drag - Dimensional Analysis / Buckingham $\pi$

I'm working on dimensional analysis and I'm having trouble. Here's a problem from my book I'm working on. I'm supposed to consider a small sphere experiencing acceleration due to gravity $g$. The ...
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### Variables in calculation of drag coefficient

Okay, so I looked up drag force equation, and I found that the equation involved the drag coefficient. Then I looked up the drag coefficient, and the equation for it involved the drag force. ...
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### Torque due to air resistance on a frisbee

In my analytical mechanics course we worked out an example involving a disk (say, a frisbee) rotating after being thrown into the air. The disk experiences a torque proportional to its angular ...
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### Projectile, air resistance and wind

So for my school project I am working on a projectile simulator and air resistance. So I have looked at this. Equations for an object moving linearly but with air resistance taken into account? ...
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### Explaining the shape of a raindrop and a drop of mercury

I saw on wikipedia that the shape of a raindrop is explained by using Laplace pressure. But why? Since the drop is in motion, we shouldn't be able to use an hydrostatic law, am I wrong? The ...
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### Determine initial velocity of an object which was thrown (WITH air resistance)

I have the following problem: I want to determine the initial velocity of an object which is for example dropped from a moving plane. I know the position, from where the object is dropped and I know ...
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### Aeronautical Physics induced drag direction

I am a 9th grader doing a science fair project at my local high school. I am doing a science experiment on different plane wings and how the angle of attack affects drag. I need to create a rig to ...
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### What is wrong with this downforce calculcation?

I tried calculating the downforce of a spoiler I need for a robot. I used this formula. $$F = \frac{1}{2}Ac_a\rho v^2$$ Where $\rho$ is air density, $v$ is the speed of my robot, $c_a$ is the lift ...
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### Why did increasing the Ackermann geometry in my race car make it faster in corners?

Ackermann geometry is used to account for the different radius arcs that the front tires follow when the steering wheel is turned from center. It's often expressed as a percentage: e.g. 25% Ackermann, ...
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### What is the drag coefficient of an open wedge?

To check my two dimensional CFD calculation I am looking for reference data on the drag coefficient of an open wedge. The geometry is shown below, together with the flow direction. I have found ...
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### Friction at high speeds

I am reading a book which mentions that frictional force is not exactly proportional to the normal force at high speeds. Quoting: Once the bodies slip on each other frictional force is, $kN$. This ...
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### Calculate the kinetic friction velocity vector from the kinetic friction force in a simulation

I am doing (programming) a simple kinematic 2D simulation on blocks. The idea is that the block will have a force applied. 1) From the force and mass I calculate the the acceleration vector (will ...
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### Individual air molecule momentum exchange

Background: Looking at this illustration about solar radiation pressure on a perfect reflective surface, incident photon exchanges its momentum to the slanted surface which provides a reaction force ...
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### Viscosity from terminal settling velocity of a sphere

I don't have an attempted answer to this question because I don't really know where to start. The Tip says to start from a force balance for the sphere, but I'm not sure on how to do that. I know ...
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### Does cross-sectional area affect the air time of a vertically thrown object?

Factoring in air resistance, I have two objects A and B of identical mass, however have different cross-sectional areas. A has a larger cross-sectional area than B. If I throw both objects directly ...
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### Force applied by horizontal wind on object

Hello, I have a question for a project I'm currently doing: In a tunnel with no gravity, there is a constant wind blowing through. A sphere in the middle of the tunnel is completely motionless to ...
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### How to calculate drag caused by string?

An example - I throw a tennis ball with a short string hanging off one side. As the ball flies the string is dragged to the side opposite the direction of the ball's velocity vector, anchoring the ...
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### Rotational Motion, Kinematics, Air Resistance

When a body is thrown of height in a practical situation ( air is present ) considering air resistance is applying constant opposite force, we could calculate its speed by calculating acceleration ...
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### Drag calculation from pressure + shear stress distribution

If I know the shape of a body, pressure and shear stress distribution over it, how can I calculate the total drag acting on it ? More exactly, can I calculate it this way: Drag = [Pressure difference ...
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### Sign problem in projectile with drag

So recently, I've been playing around with the variables in projectile motion with drag to see how the trajectory changes. I had my ODE and solved it using separation of variables but the equation ...
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### How could I integrate the changing location of the midpoint of a streamlined body into either the drag or reynolds number?

Because the volume and surface area is constant I am not sure how to represent the change in flow dynamics - laminar to turbulent. (sorry if this is a stupid question, I am a biologist and I can't ...
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### air pressure to assist lift on a Race boat

We have a 25 ft race hull with Jet drive pump (we race 30+ mile legs), we are hitting sppeds @150mph. lowering the hydronic drag is a challenge, i am thinking about installing a air injection system ...
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### Linear motion equation with intital velocity and water drag

at the start i want to mention that i am from germany, so my english is not the best! For a boat simultaion project i am working linear motion equation with intital velocity and water drag. For ...
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### Emperically Determining Terminal Velocity of a Sphere Falling over Critical Mach Number

I originally thought that the terminal velocity of a smooth sphere in free fall through the atmosphere would be an easy question to answer. But for heavy spheres of small diameter, the terminal ...
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### Are the end velocities of masses (falling from infinity to earth) with equal $\rho$ and arbitrary form , scale independent?

Yesterday I asked a question I didn't intend to ask. Of course, masses with different forms (and equal $\rho$) do not reach the same end velocity when falling on earth from infinity. What I meant to ...
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### How to calculate lift and drag of a non-standard aerodynamic body

It is my understanding that the standard method to calculate the lift and drag characteristics of an airfoil is to use formulae and existing data of its coefficients of lift ($C_l$) and drag ($C_d$). ...
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### Trajectory Required to Hit Target with Newtonian Drag

I'm trying to write a function to determine the trajectory angle of a projectile, theta, from the horizontal required to hit a specified target location. Inputs: ...
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### Effect of atmospheric drag on earth's rotation

Okay, so I had a question answered regarding the earth rotating and planes flying east and west but one part of the answer talked about how the atmosphere is moving along with the earth (same angular ...
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### Feasiblity of a long spinning top using an electromagnet to pull on Earth's magnetic field

Would it be feasible to build a infinitely spinning top (ref. Inception) by including a battery powered electromagnet who's polarity flipped in sync with the top's rotation such that the pull against ...
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### Calculate ballistics using Pejsa method (bullet physics)

I'm not sure if it was already asked, but, could someone please explain the Pejsa method of ballistics, specifically the velocity and trajectory (no energy, wind or lead etc.) (just drop drift and ...
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### Drag Force on a cylinder with its long axis aligned with the flow

yesterday I started looking into equations that link a cylinders diameter $r$ and length $L$ to the force experienced in a highly viscous medium ($Re<<1$). I found the onseen-approximation but ...
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### Approximation for rotational drag on a box?

The drag equation gives us an approximation for the drag on an object caused by its velocity in a fluid: $F = \frac{1}{2} \rho A v^2 C_d$ Is there any similar approximation for the rotational drag ...
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### What are the major differences in group-skydiving as opposed to “single” skydiving?

Surface area/the cross-sectional area is greatly increased, so my thinking is it should decrease terminal velocity as well as a couple of other factors. But mass changes too (since there would be more ...
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### Wind resistance on moving body

Suppose that a vehicle is traveling 60 km/h north, and the wind speed is also 60 km/h going the same direction, would there be wind resistance, and to what extent? Also, if I put my hand outside the ...
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### Fuel efficiency of supersonic planes

I stumbled upon an interesting plot; in particular, the dependence of wave drag on the Mach number: It is curious to see that the drag coefficient drops so abruptly in the supersonic regime, but I am ...
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### Drag Coefficient of a rounded nose cylinders

According to this page The drag coefficient of a rounded cylindrical bodies is given by this graph Then the drag coefficient of a cone for a half vertex angle ε is given by this graph. How can ...
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### Coefficient of drag past a cylinder

I have a lab assignment to determine a drag coefficient of a cylinder perpendicularly submerged in water. I have a measured velocity field and cylinder diameter. How can I find Cd? (I heard of a ...
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### At what speed in air would a solid object turn to plasma?

Just curious, friction can heat up what ever is moving. The faster something moves the quicker it heats up. Is it possible in the perfect scenario to turn a speeding solid object to plasma through ...
I am trying to derive the wind load formula: $F_d = \frac{1}{2} \rho v^2 A C_d$ in which I assume the drag coefficient to be equal to 1. My starting point is that the momentum of a rectangular wall ...