# 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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### Why is $mg = bv$ and not $mg = -bv$?

I was given two formulas, $$F_D = -bv$$ $$F_D = -bv^2$$ and was told that at terminal velocity, $$v = \frac{mg}{b}$$ which implies that $$mg = bv$$ $$mg + (-bv)=0$$ $$mg + F_D = 0$$ From ...
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### Why wouldn't the weight of an object affect the magnitude of the drag force on that object?

I ran into trouble again with a course about drag force on skiing. This is the question, and its explanation: Which of the following factors would not affect the magnitude of the drag force on an ...
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### Damped oscillations and generalized friction

I'm reading damped oscillations from the book Classical Mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz, quoting from the text - "There exists, however a class of problems where motion in medium can be ...
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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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### Why is it much more difficult to horizontally throw a toy balloon than a football?

If you horizontally throw a sphere of radius $R$ it will feel, in this direction, a drag force due to air. Assume the drag is given by Stokes law, $F_D=6\pi\eta R v$, where $\eta$ is the air viscosity ...
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### Effect of Bodyform on Air Resistance [duplicate]

Visualize those little pictures as the front of vehicles like airplanes and trains. I wonder if I am right about my speculation below, and if so, if somebody could explain the exact reason. Sources ...
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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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### Drag force equals weight

we are doing lab in mechanics class.The task is find terminal velocity of drop of coffee filter and drag force 's constant $B$ in graphically as equation like $mg = Bv^2$ so basically drag force ...
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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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### Why do we use $m\frac{dv}{dy} = -b(v-v_{ter})$ while determining how the terminal velocity is changing for an object falls down in linear drag force?

Why do we use $$m\frac{dv}{dy} = -b(v-v_{ter} )$$ while determining how the terminal velocity is changing for an object falls down in linear drag force . I was Jr Taylor's classical mechanics. In the ...
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### Kinematics of a body in movement with air drag

Let's assume i got this body (red one) wich is moving along the x-axis. It has got two forces on it, one called $F$, which is constant, and the other called $D$ which is the drag caused by the air ...
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### Why is the polar diagram of an airplane depended on weight?

Can anybody answer this question? Although aviation-related, it is in fact a fluid mechanics problem: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/54192/why-is-polar-curve-of-a-glider-dependent-on-...
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### What is the resistance of an object travelling through static fluid at different pressures?

I'm interested in the resistance a body feels as it travels through a static fluid in a tube (of a fixed radius), at different pressures. I would assume that as the pressure is reduced, the ...
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### For a fluid travelling in a tube, if the pressure is decreased at a constant temperature, how does it affect the velocity and fluid density?

I am interested in understanding the relationship between pressure and velocity, as well as pressure and fluid density. I know that the principle of Bernoulli states that there exists a relationship ...
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### Work done by air resistance

How can air resistance do work on a freely falling body on earth. then it's displacement is only due to gravity. I think Air resistance doesn't displace the body falling. So what is the meaning of ...
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### Determine velocity of balloon from known Buoyancy, mass and surface [closed]

I need to know how to get velocity of weather balloon, if I know it's buoyancy force, mass and surface(diameter). I am using now $$v = 0.5t\left(\frac{F_\text{all}}{m}\right),$$ [$m$ = mass, $v$ = ...
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### Questions about shapes and the reason behind the drag coefficient differences

What is the reason that a streamlined body has a drag coefficient that is lesser than the drag coefficient of a streamlined half-body, when the latter has a completely flat bottom, while the former ...
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### How significant is the material in drag force calculations?

I went to Wolfram's "Drag Force Calculator" and received 4900 newtons for a cone that has a radius of 3 meters and a height of 3 meters, moving through air at a standard pressure, 15 celsius, at a ...
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### Units caculation in the article don't match for reynolds numbers higher than 1

The article discusses the forces acting on a falling object in respect to the drag forces and reynolds numbers. The article suggests for varying Reynolds numbers, the force of drag equation is written ...
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### Non-dimensional flux

My book states that when a flow around object is considered, Non dimensional momentum flux is defined as the drag coefficient In case of flow through tubes it states The non dimensional ...