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How do suction cups work?

TL;DR: Its not the air that's enclosed inside that creates the force, but the lack of air - or more precisely pressure. First of all some nomenclature (this is for the closed type, there is also the ...
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How do suction cups work?

When you push that onto a flat surface it pushes most of the air out. The elasticity of the item makes want to flex and come off but the air pressure is pushing it onto the surface.
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Is it possible to create a compressed/freezed air energy storage solution that also purifies the air of pollutants?

Compressing air (for energy storage or other purposes) heats it up, expansion cools. For energy storage the heat has to be stored, a detailed description can be found here. Cooling air further would ...
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How does indoor temperature factor in when determining ideal relative humidity in a home?

In the world of heating/ventilating/air conditioning engineering (a.k.a. "HVAC") there is a number called the comfort index (which you can search on) which takes both humidity and temperature into ...
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Ventilation setup high sleeper night cooling

I would recommend a modification Phil's answer: airflow is almost always better when the fan is exhausting to the outside - fans don't "like" back pressure and work most efficiently when dumping to an ...
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Ventilation setup high sleeper night cooling

Air hates to flow into corners, even if there is a fan. A thermally stratified box is about the most obstinate thing there is to make comfortable. The best solution would be to run a small duct ...
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How can I determine pressure leakage in a pneumatic system?

Fit a dummy test hose with no leaks - a solid tube for example, then pressurise the system to a known value perhaps the maximum used +10%. Then take readings every 10 seconds / 5 minutes (whatever is ...
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How to manufacture parts with complex air channels inside?

If you are opposed to 3D printing due to the requirement for mass production, then you may be able to work with an injection molding company to design a product that at least has the curved channels ...
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The physics behind the condensation in tents?

They don't prevent condensation. They just reduce the chances of condensation getting onto your kit down to practically nothing, if you do it right. The condensation stays on the inside of the outer ...
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How an airlock works?

each "end" of the airlock has a valve in it which, when opened, allows the pressure between the inside of the airlock chamber and the pressure inside the adjacent chamber to equalize. Once this is ...
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Will an empty spray can maintain a vacuum?

Figure 1. A typical aerosol valve. Source: Wikimedia. An Internet image search will show that most aerosol valves are of the type shown in Figure 1. Here it should be clear that if the differential ...
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Will an empty spray can maintain a vacuum?

The valve on such a can may be engineered to resist internal pressure in such a way as to seal when the can's contents are in place. If the can is completely empty and placed in a vacuum chamber, it's ...
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Properties of air and gas mixture

A molar thermodynamic property $\bar{P}$ for a mixture containing ideal gases can generally be calculated from molar composition (mole fraction $z_j$) and individual component molar property $\bar{P}...
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Can air currents be used to keep dust from settling on solar panels?

Our panels stay relatively dust free as they are at an angle of 70 degrees. This means the rain flows off nicely taking dust with it and the snow slides off as well also taking dust with it. Having ...
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What causes water to always drip from an electric furnace when its turned on?

You need to consider what materials were used in the lining and in the insulation. Some materials can give off a lot of water on heating, without being wet to start with. This is called water of ...
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What causes water to always drip from an electric furnace when its turned on?

You built it wet Obviously you used damp materials to build the furnace. Turn it to a low setting and run it until it's dry. It's no more complicated than that.
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Optimized water droplet formation

There is research on the impact of water droplets on deep liquids and solid surfaces. It seems the most significant factor in the outcome of the collision and its rather short span, in the range of a ...
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Can air currents be used to keep dust from settling on solar panels?

Wind will not stop collecting dust on the panels, due to the effect of the boundary layer. The speed of the layer of a stream of air next to a stationary surface is zero. Otherwise, people would take ...
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Can air currents be used to keep dust from settling on solar panels?

Given you are contemplating manufacturing solar panels, as an alternative, may I suggest you consider using something like self-cleaning glass and market your product as either "Smart Solar ...
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Is this an isenthalpic process?

Let us presume that the process being considered is vaporization of liquid water to a gas state in dry air. As long as the temperature and pressure of the liquid water is constant during the process, ...
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Accurate method or instrument to measure density of shaving cream foam or whipped cream foam?

For a less messy way to determine the volume of shaving cream use a three dimension scanner and software that can determine the volume of scanned items. Acquire some stainless steel, plastic or ...
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Is it possible to create a compressed/freezed air energy storage solution that also purifies the air of pollutants?

So two possibilities: One, pre filter the air prior to cooling/freezing Two, will the impurities freeze and soldify first? If so remove solids before final freezing. Are you freezing the air to a ...
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Is there an optical technology able to measure the temperature of dry air?

The fundamental problem is: how do you reject the optical signal from solids or liquids "behind" the air mass you want to measure? The esoteric methods reported in : https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/...
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Why does the water pressure initially drop then stabilize when pressure testing a valve?

I can think of two reasons why this might happen, though I don't know for sure. First, air trapped in the test piece could be slowly dissolving into the water, which will change the overall density ...
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How to manufacture parts with complex air channels inside?

Lost Foam Casting Can produce many smaller structures Can be scaled up for reasonable costs Relatively cheap (compared to many other castings types and 3D printing). Can produce items with channels, ...
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Ventilation setup high sleeper night cooling

From a simple physics perspective, please consider the following. A fan or blower located in or near the window will pull cooler air into the room. Ideally, you have to have a means to exhaust the ...
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What's the longest lasting tubing in air?

In general, for air life-time, no tubing manutcurer will recommend a useful lifetime beyond 20 years, no matter the service. This isn't really due to shoddy craftmanship, but due to creep and test ...
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