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A regime of nonlinear viscous flow characterized by random, rotational motion with a wide range of length scales. Its study is critical to many fields, such as aerospace, atmospheric science, chemical engineering, and astrophysics.

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Spin on the rack

Bike mounted on hitch rack. Why wheels spin constantly while I drive? I can't find anything on the internet. The kids in the other cars love to watch them
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Why is turbulence caused?

In high Reynolds numbers we have turbulent flow. This is because the inertial forces are much greater than the viscous forces. I understand inertial forces to be actually the fictional forces due to ...
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Trouble understanding a formula in Turbulence

I'm very new to turbulence.I'm reading this book on "Turbulence: An introduction for scientist and Engineers" by Davidson. I came across this formula for energy dissipation. This is in chapter one. I ...
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Transverse and longitudinal random forces

I am trying to read following article: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1410.1262v1.pdf According to the equation (2.10) and (2.11), the random force is defined as $ \langle f_i(x) \ f_j(x) \rangle = \delta(t-t'...
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Wind restistance as function of temperature

Is temperature-dependent wind resistance the reason there's a significant increase in fuel consumption in my Prius car when air temperature drops by 30 degrees K from 300 degrees K? I think I see a ...
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Plane landing into a tunnel

Typical action movies cliché is landing a plane in a tunnel or even a flight in a tunnel. Let's drop any doubts about supreme heroic piloting skills of the characters etc. and focus on aerodynamics. ...
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Which are the best books I can refer for turbulent heat transfer and its computation?

I am a graduate student. I wanted to do computation on heat transfer problem mainly heat convection. I am working on turbulent regime. Can you kindly suggest some good books so that I can get ...
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Turbulence in gravitational waves

I want to understand physical meaning and possible implications of few terms often used in physics specially with regards to gravitational waves / space-time fabric Space-time fabric is disturbed by ...
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Is it possible that a plane in turbulences has more downward acceleration than gravity's

In multiple Hollywood movies and TV shows I've seen scenes where a plane enters turbulences and for a moment the people in the plane seem to move upwards relative to the plane. As far as I know, as ...
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Is it possible to let a flag ``stand frozen in time``?

It´s clear that a moving flag is a chaotic system. But is it nontheless possible, under certain conditions and a uniform wind velocity, to make the flag look frozen in time, i.e., flat without ...
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Misunderstanding about Reynolds number

I am confused about Reynolds number. I am trying to use the formula to see if NASCAR cars have laminar or turbulent flow. But I am not sure how exactly to use the equation in order to do such ...
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What is actually the characteristic length in fluid dynamics description?

In many fluid-dynamics models and quantities (Reynolds number, Strouhal number... generally various turbulent flow descriptions) there is a parameter (usually $L$ or $\ell$) descripted as ...
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Velocity of liquid molecules in turbulent flow

I was solving some questions when I came across this: what is the velocity of liquid molecules in contact with the walls of the tube? and the answer was given that it can have any velocity and then ...
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Numerical model for a Air core Vortex, why it's still so limited? [closed]

The Question can be Formally presented as follows; How is the Numerical Model (CFD, Navier Stokes) of fluid dynamics for Vortexes at in it's limits? At this Publication from 2013 at page 48 is said;...
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Does steady flow imply laminar?

Most secondary school textbooks, in their chapter about fluid dynamics, seem to suggest that "steady flow" and "laminar flow" are synonyms. Though I never received any fluid mechanics course when I ...
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Flow through a rifled pipe

In turbulent flow the friction is inertial for the most part: the chaotic flow causes the fluid in the faster moving center to interchange randomly with the fluid near the edge. This eventually allows ...
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Fluid flow around a cylinder

For an irrotational, incompressible fluid we can solve Laplace's equation for the velocity potential in a fluid in order to obtain the velocity field. This can be done for flow around a cylinder to ...
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The Optics of the Vortex (in Water): why there is a bright ring also in reversed flow?

This question is closely related to this one; The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring? In this case "physics girl" gives somehow an plausible explanation, and it's only debatable ...
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Turbulent spacetime from Einstein equation?

It is well known that the fluid equations (Euler equation, Navier-Stokes, ...), being non-linear, may have highly turbulent solutions. Of course, these solutions are non-analytical. The laminar flow ...
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Physical intuition on vortex sound generation

Whenever a fluid has a nonzero vorticity, it looses some of its energy in a form of sound wave. Formally is this mechanism described by Lighthill's equation or some related model (like e.g. Curle's ...
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How Does Rotational and Turbulent Motion Contribute to the Pressures of Dynamical Systems?

Rotational and turbulent motion can deepen a gravity well in a galaxy or galaxy cluster. In an analysis of the mass components of a large body, this would appear to be one of the components. Does it ...
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Dependence of the magneto-rotational instability (MRI) on thermal relaxation?

The MRI is the most efficient driver of turbulence in accretion discs (as measured by the effective scalar stress). The magnetic field, being properly coupled to the gas (weak coupling), connects the ...
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Why don't surfboards fly out the back of a utility truck when driving on the highway?

I have never had it happen myself and every time I throw my boards (shortboards not malibus) in the back of someone's ute, with no cover on the tray, they always assure me they'll be alright( the ...
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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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How to model the mixing of two fluids?

In the context of a research project of mine, I am faced with the difficult task of modeling the mixing of two fluids in a container. I would like to achieve the following: Given a container (...
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How are the turbulent spectra determined in relativistic turbulence?

In a non-relativistic compressible fluid, the turbulent energy spectra are well-understood and appear to follow the Kolmogorov hypothesis. It would also appear that relativistic turbulence also ...
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What do the differences between spatial and temporal spectra imply about the structure of turbulence?

In the study of turbulence (theoretically, computationally and experimentally), we often appeal to Taylor's Hypothesis, which (very loosely) summarized means taking measurements at one point in space ...
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Turbulent and smooth flow of water from a tap

When water flows normally from a tap, we can say it is turbulent ( Pic 1 ). But when we attach a piece of cloth to the opening of tap, water flow becomes smooth ( Pic 2 ). We can say that by touching ...
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Velocity of water from tap to fill a cracked bucket to brim

Let us consider a real life situation. The bucket in figure below (drawn using MS PAINT) has an irregular crack of essentially small area. And I decide to open a tap above it and start filling it ...
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Why is the Reynolds number “the way it is?” Why is its order the way it is?

Why is the Reynolds number “the way it is?” Why is its order the way it is? I'm not sure if this is an appropriate question for this context, but I would like more intuition on this matter and so I'...
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Laminar vs Turbulent flow separataion

(Left is a laminar separation, Right is a turbulent separation) I have been having a bit of trouble understanding this concept. How come the laminar separation involves a much larger wake than the ...
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Any applications of kinetic physics on cosmological scales?

On galaxy cluster scales, one is usually forced to use approximate theories such as hydrodynamics or magnetohydrodynamics for modelling cosmological phenomena. I wanted to ask if kinetic theory is ...
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Reynolds Average Navier Stokes equations and turbulence scale

To obtain the time average of an unsteady term like $\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}$ by definition we perform the following: \begin{align} \overline{\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}} &= \...
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What is the cause for turbulence?

The transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow is usually told interms of Reynolds numbers. The Reynolds number is $Re=UL/\nu$ where $U$ is the speed, $L$ is dimensional length and $\nu$ is the ...
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Why are vehicles not pitted like golf balls?

I have read that non-laminar flow reduces drag on blunt bodies. Given that, why is pitting not used on motor vehicles?
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The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring?

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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Can a vacuum make a turbulent flow laminar?

When a vacuum is generated next to a turbulence, does the flow towards the vacuum become laminar? Imagine a vacuum cleaner tube is put next to turbulent air movement, does the "suction" change the ...
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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 intermittent....
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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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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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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: