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System curve for use in determining pump operating point

What is meant by a "system curve" that is used to determine the operating point of a pump. I know what a "pump curve" is, but I often hear about a "system curve" being generated so that the pump ...
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How to calculate flow rate of water through a pipe?

If a water pipe is 15 mm diameter and the water pressure is 3 bar, assuming the pipe is open ended, is it possible to calculate the flow rate or water velocity in the pipe? Most of the calculations I ...
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How to determine the characteristic length in reynolds number calculations in general?

I understand that the reynolds number is given by the expression $Re=\frac{\rho v L}{\mu}$, where $\rho$ is the density, $v$ is the fluid velocity and $\mu$ is the dynamic viscosity. For any given ...
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How Can I Determine Multiple Discharges from a Pipe Network? (Knowing the Inlet Conditions)

I have little/no experience with pipe networks and have been searching for a methodology to calculate the discharge from multiple outlets of an oil pipe network with a single inlet. As far as i can ...
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Is radians a dimensionless quantity?

Quite often while calculating angular velocity we come across the quantity radians per second. How do I treat radian dimensionally?
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Formula to describe flow over thin weir

I have thin weir, really just a sheet of metal with a smooth and straight upper edge. I want to know how much water will flow over this weir, when the water level on the higher side is a few cm above ...
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Which components to use for a CO2 gas storage?

I have a CO2 production for my aquariums (currently 2, but the solution should be extenable to - let's say - 5) based on fermentation of bio mass (CO2 is used as fertilizer there) which consist of a ...
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How an airfoil works

I have read on many sites that for lift to occur, the pressure below a wing must be higher than the pressure above it. This happens by somehow moving air faster over the top of the air foil so the ...
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Will high velocity air directed underneath a half-toroid shaped Coanda saucer by a centrifugal impeller create a lifting force?

I would like to know if a lifting force will be created by the Coanda effect from high velocity air that is directed underneath a half-toroid shaped saucer by a centrifugal impeller. I am seeking an ...
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What's the maximum water jet psi we can create?

Hy everyone, new here, I don't know much about how high pressure water pumping works - ( i'm just a programmer ) but i need to know if we can create water pressures ...
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Calculating Minimum Pipe Pressure Requirement for an Irrigation System

I am setting up an irrigation system for my ranch and I have a hard time calculating the minimum pipe pressure requirements to reduce cost. I need to know the maximum pressure the pipe has to cope ...
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producing vibration motion of a plate (1cmx2cm) placed in water

In order to conduct a study, I need to place a rectangular plate freely placed (1 cm by 2cm) inside water and control it from outside (better wireless). I need to give oscillatory motion with specific ...
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what should be the size of gate? [closed]

what should be the size of gate? if street 8 ft according to house map Car entrance gate 11 ft can corolla grande car enter into the gate easily with some moves?
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Is it possible to build an air compressor with no moving parts?

Is it physically possible to build an air compressor with no moving parts? I'm envisioning a thermodynamic cycle capable of compressing air with no moving parts and operated in a stationary way. There ...
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How to know whether the flow is supersonic in a nozzle?

For a project I had built a convergent divergent nozzle designed for Mach number = 3. In that project, I could know the flow has gone supersonic by seeing the manometer fixed between the throat and ...
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What makes the material travel through Archimedes' Screw?

...or in other words, why doesn't the material just stick to the screw, rotating in place, without progressing along its length? In the simplest case, the answer is obvious: gravity. If it's a ...
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How to prevent deposition of dust on ceiling fan blades

It is well known that dust gets deposited on a rotating ceiling fan because formation of a boundary layer over fan blades. The air layer next to blade surface is stagnant due to no-slip condition and ...
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How is gas flow through (extremely long) pipelines monitored and controlled?

(This is closely linked with measuring the Mach number inside a nozzle but it is not regarding the supersonic flow) Friction and heat transfer have effects on the Mach number of the compressible flow ...
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Contours of radial-flow impeller vane

I've been studying the design of turbopumps and their impellers, all the design equations and what-not; this question concerns the contours of the impeller vanes. I'm going to attempt to enter ...
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Incompressible 2D pressure-driven flow: for Navier-Stokes equations in nondimensional form, how should I express pressure boundary conditions?

*I have updated this question. I'm using two codes for modeling incompressible, two-dimensional flow out of a tank. My fluid dynamics experience is pretty basic; I'm using the codes to understand a ...
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efficiency and flow separation

I am studying about wind turbine and turbine. I have some questions, but first, I explain some cases as follow: Low velocity air over an airfoil at a zero-incidence angle does not initiate flow ...
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Multiphase Flow - Energy Coupling Parameter

I have a general question regarding energy coupling in multi phase flow. My question comes is based on the text from this book: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=CioXotlGMiYC&pg=PA33&lpg=...
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Why does the standard $k-\epsilon$ model use zero equation models?

According to Hoffman, the standard $k-\epsilon$ turbulence model incorporates a two-layer approach (inner region and outer region formulations to reperesent mixing length) when it comes to regions ...
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What does 'Open Flow' mean for a pump flow rate?

I have specifications for a positive displacement pump where, in the data table on the last page, the given flow rate is referred to in the column header as 'Open Flow.' Is this the maximum flow ...
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Equating $\frac{dp}{dt}$ and $F$ at a hydraulic jump?

A journal I am reading about circular hydraulic jumps provides the equation and I quote: $H$ Depth after hydraulic jump, $h$ depth before hydraulic jump, $V$ velocity after hydraulic jump, $v$ ...
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How does the pressurized suspension of the Hyperloop not affect the tube pressure?

So one of the proposed suspension systems that will be used on the hyperloop include the externally pressurized air cushions. These cushions lift (or at least help lift) the capsule and reduce drag ...
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Losses through holes drilled in a pipe

I asked a previous question about pipe t-junctions with pipes of varying diameters, and it got me wondering... How are losses handled and calculated in pipes with holes drilled directly into them? ...
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Fluid mechanics - how to calculate flow distribution in piping network?

I am trying to build flexible, visual tool to calculate flow distribution through the piping network (mobile hydraulics). I have root node of the network which has defined flow and pressure inputs. ...
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Determining mass flow rate and exit velocity of compressible flow

This one's a bit of a doozy, so please feel free to comment on any one single part or parts to this problem. The setup is simple--I have a container (an empty bottle) which I fill with a certain ...
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Estimating Maximum Speed for a Pneumatic Cylinder

I am designing an machine that is going to use a pneumatic cylinder to accelerate a projectile. I have a tentative cylinder specified, and am working on the control and supply side. I have verified ...
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Is there a (sort of inverse security) valve which opens if one connected side has a pressure below a certain value?

Security valves with two connectors open if the pressure exceed a value x +/- tolerance on one side. I'd like to know if there's a mechanical valve which opens if the pressure on one side sinks below ...
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Ideal funnel design for powders

I'm designing a funnel/bottle for a powder. My goal is to have all of the bottle's powder contents come out when inverted. However, the powder has a tendency to stick to itself (like flour or brown ...
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X-form and cross-form rudders in underwater control

What are the advantages of using X-form rudders in comparison to cross-form rudders? Why do some submarines, torpedos and underwater autonomous vehicles use X-stern control? X-stern: Cross-form:
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How to calculate required air mass flow to keep CPU below certain temperature?

I have been assigned to work out how much air flow is needed through each partition of our servers in order to keep our processors at (or below) 60C (333K). I have worked out the current mass flow ...
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Why textbooks use geometric center/centerline of the pipe when calculating/measuring pressure?

Studying Fluid Mechanics, I started to notice that almost every textbook/website uses a specific point to make calculations about the pressure in a liquid at a given depth (hydrostatic pressure): the ...
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Force applied by fan under inviscid & incompressible flow

I have a wind tunnel (subsonic flow of air) which consists of a fan inside (and ahead of) a long cylinder of cross-sectional area of $A_e$, followed by a diffuser of $A_o$ c.s. area ($A_o>A_e$). ...
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Whistle Design - Optimizing sound initiation pressure and volume

Assume you can use any whistle type, is there a way to choose the pressure point at which a whistle makes noise? For example I have a whistle that starts making noise at 2 psi but I would like to ...
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Can the continuity equation and Bernoulli contradict each other?

Please bear with me - I'm a lapsed mathematician and I'm self-studying these concepts. A question asks the following: Water flows in a pipe of diameter 5 m at a velocity of 10 m/s. It then flows ...
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How can I make an uncalibrated flow meter for water flows of a few liters per hour

Or alternately what is the name of the device I'm looking for? My first thought is to make a narrow V shaped chamber by gluing 1/4" acrylic together with 2 face plates and a mid plate with a ...
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Why does Surface Tension Result in a Meniscus in a Tube

In learning about fluid mechanics and surface tension, we learned that in particularly large pressure differences between two fluids and a relatively small diameter, we see either a concave or convex ...
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How to calculate heat and mass transfer rates from an enclosed box?

I'd like to know if it's possible to calculate the heat and mass transfer rates from a small volume to the environment. Let's assume there is a box with a small opening at the top. The air inside the ...
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Normal Shockwaves occurrence at cone tip with Angle Theta

I have a question regarding shockwaves. So as far as my knowledge, a flow moving at Ma= 1 will create a normal shockwave ($arcsin(1/Ma)$) , and a flow moving faster will cause an oblique shockwave. So ...
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Relative improvement in flow from diameter change with sub-milliimeter tubing

I want to calculate the improvement in flow rate that can be achieved with changing the tubing size when the tubing is sub-millimeter size. I originally approached this using a simplification of ...
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Ship Stability And Overturning Moment

Here a ship that is tilted due an external force . the buoyancy and weight force will create an overturning couple that will rotate the ship in the clockwise direction. Now, the moment equation was ...
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Why does higher concentration of electonic components decrease the airflow requirement for cooling a PC system?

This source describes in detail a formula used to calculate the airflow requirement in order to cool a computer system. $$Q = \dfrac{P_{loss}}{c_p \cdot \rho \cdot \Delta T}\cdot k$$ Clearly, the ...
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Calculate flow in a pipe

Is there a formula for calculating flow in a pipe using just the pipe size, pressure and differential pressure? I have tried using Poiseuille's equation, omitting the pipe length, but the answer was ...
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Calculating pressure forces (vertical) on a curve surface

I am particularly confused about finding pressure forces (specifically vertical force) on a curve surface. Although I understand the general method is to use sum of forces in the x/y direction (ie by ...
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Why is the direction of pressure always perpendicular to surface area for fluids?

Why is the direction of pressure always perpendicular to surface area of a body for fluids ? We also assume that it is an ideal fluid here. So , pressure acts in all directions because fluid has a ...
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How does steam in almost vacuum condense at 35 Celsius?

I read about absorption chillers and found out that the water is evaporated/boiled off at the generator. Water boils over at about 3.7 Celsius in the near-vacuum conditions in the generator. Now the ...
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How to accurately measure mass flow through server vents using an anemometer

I have to work out the air mass flow coming out each vent on a server and have proposed to use a hot wire anemometer to measure the air velocity at each vent by placing it slightly inside one outlets ...
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