Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics Questions and Answers  
Question by AME536A Student
There is something controversial concerning the assignment number 5 question 4. In class, you told us that we have to prove with Bernoulli that the velocity at the exit is equal to the velocity at the inlet meaning that from the mass conservation the area in both inlet and exit are also equal.
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If we have to follow the figure as mentioned, the area at the exit is bigger and more specifically $A_{exit}=d \frac{B}{cos(30)}=dL$ meaning that $q_{exit}=12.0284 $ m/s leading to different results.
10.16.19
The cross-sectional area of the reflected snow can (in fact, must!) be found through Bernoulli. It's indicated in the question statement that there is no friction, so Bernoulli's equation certainly applies. Also note that measuring cross-sectional area of the reflected snow can't be done with certainty given the drawing dimensions (in the figure, it wasn't clear what $d$ of the reflected snow stood for exactly). Also, $B/\cos(30)$ is not the width of the reflected snow — build a 3D model of the snow with a sheet of paper to convince yourself of this. Albeit coming a bit later than I would like, thank you for the question: I can see how the dimension $d$ of the reflected snow was not clear in this respect and made a change in the figure in consequence.
Question by AME536A Student
In assignment #7 Question #2, what is the difference between streamline and particle path physically?
10.20.19
Streamline is the line that is composed of the velocity vectors linked to one another. Particle path is the path of a fluid element in space and time. Note that at steady-state, the streamline and the particle path coincide. But when the flow is unsteady, they differ.
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For problem #1 on homework #7, we are asked to solve for the pressure inside a satellite as a function of time. You gave us the speed and mass flux in terms of the molecules, so we can solve with the energy equations. We are a bit confused on the starting point. Do we start from the isentropic relation equation and solve in conjunction with the momentum equation (like we found compressible stagnation pressure), $$ \frac{P}{\rho^{\gamma}_{}} = constant $$ or do we start the solution from the energy transport equation? $$ \frac{d}{dt}\int_{}^{}\rho EdV + \int_{}^{} \left(\rho H \overrightarrow{\rm v} \right) \cdot \overrightarrow{\rm n} ds = \int_{}^{} \dot{Q} dV $$
10.22.19
Start from the total energy transport equation. Find the answer without assuming an isentropic path. If you solve the problem assuming an isentropic path, would you get the same answer? Why or why not?
Question by AME536A Student
For problem #1 on Homework #7 I am facing a problem in finding the exact expression for the pressure. Starting from the energy transport equation $\frac{d}{dt}\int_{}^{}\rho EdV + \int_{}^{} \left(\rho H \overrightarrow{\rm v} \right) \cdot \overrightarrow{\rm n} ds = 0 $ with $H=h+0.5u_{exit}^2$ where $u_{exit}=0.25\sqrt{\frac{8RT}{\pi}}$ and $E=e$ because the kinetic energy is considerable only near the hole I got $T(t)=T_i \left(\frac{\rho(t)}{\rho_i}\right)^{\frac{4\pi+1}{10\pi}}$. By substituting to the mass conservation equation I got an expression without $\gamma$. Is my process correct or I am missing something?
10.23.19
Yes you are missing a term! Don't make an assumption and remove terms unless you have no other option. Keep your expression as complete as possible.
Question by AME536A Student
For Assignment 7, #1: We have gotten to this point, and despite our best efforts have not been able to get to the solution provided at the end of the assignment. Would it be possible to go over this question in class and/or receive an extension (since many of us have had at least one midterm this week)? $$ [1 - \frac{1}{20} \frac{A}{V} \sqrt{\frac{8RT}{\pi}}(\frac{8}{32\pi}+1)]^{\frac{2\gamma - 2}{\gamma}}_{} = \frac{P}{P^{}_{i}} $$
I'll give you an extension until Tuesday 11:00. The quiz will take place on Tuesday, not tomorrow.
Question by AME536A Student
For Assignment 7, #1: I got the following as a solution: $$\frac{P}{P_i}=\left( 1-\frac{bA}{8V} t \sqrt{\frac{8RT_i}{\pi}} \right)^{\frac{2-2b}{b}}$$ However, the solution is : $$\frac{P}{P_i}=\left( 1-\frac{bA}{8V} t \sqrt{3RT_i} \right)^{\frac{2-2b}{b}}$$ Is there any hint for what I miss in solving this question ?
10.26.19
You have the right answer: there was a typo and it is now fixed.
Question by AME536A Student
While studying for the midterm I face a problem concerning the integral form of the energy equation in a moving control volume. I derived that equation and it's the following:
$\frac{d}{dt} \int_{V}^{} \rho E dV +\int_{S}^{} \rho H (\vec{v}-\vec{v_{cv}}) \cdot \vec{n} dS +\int_{S}^{} P (\vec{v_{cv}} \cdot \vec{n}) dS=\dot Q$
I think that the pressure term should vanish but I can't understand why. Is it possible to explain that?
10.30.19
I am not sure why you think the pressure term should vanish. You should explain your reasoning.
Question by AME536A Student
I solved Question #3 Assignment #6 by using the above equation without the pressure term and I got the correct result. If I understand well that term is the work per time done by pressure, but we have already taken into account this.
The work due to pressure in the ground frame scales with the product between pressure and velocity of surface where pressure is applied (i.e. velocity of the surface with respect to the ground). If you expand $H$ in terms of $P$ in your equation and rewrite, you'll find that this is exactly the case. I see nothing wrong with the equation you posted.
10.31.19
Question by AME536A Student
I have a question for Assignment #7 Question #2 Part b. After manipulation of the energy equation I arrive at $\frac{DH}{Dt}=\frac{1}{\rho} \frac{\partial P}{\partial t}$. After applying the chain rule $\frac{\partial P}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial P}{\partial s}\frac{\partial s}{\partial t}=q\frac{\partial P}{\partial s}$ where q is the velocity magnitude and s the stream line coordinates the equation becomes $\frac{DH}{Dt}=q\frac{1}{\rho} \frac{\partial P}{\partial s}$. If we want the total enthalpy to be conserved, we should have zero pressure gradient along the streampath. Is this correct?
11.03.19
You can't apply the chain rule here. You can only apply the chain rule when converting a total derivative, not a partial derivative.
Question by AME536A Student
I have a question on homework #10, question #1. From the problem statement, we know that the flow around the circular part of the body follows potential flow theory, meaning we can find velocity components using potential theory definitions. I'm confused on how to include the blunt edge into a pressure coefficient drawing. Using the bernoulli equation, we can derive Cp as the following: $$ C^{}_{p} = 1 - \frac{u^{2}_{}}{u^{2}_{\infty}} = \frac{P-P^{}_{\infty}}{\frac{1}{2}\rho u^{2}_{\infty}} $$ If we can find the flow velocity, we should be able to find the Cp. The flow at the top and bottom of the circular body should be purely horizontal (and from potential flow theory we find the velocity), but I'm not sure what the velocity does after those points. We can't assume that the top and bottom of the circular body with a blunt edge are stagnation points, correct? I am stuck on how to figure out what happens to the flow velocity in the blunt region of the body ( $\theta = \frac{3\pi}{2}$ to $\frac{\pi}{2}$).
11.24.19
I guess that “blunt edge” here means the right side of the half cylinder. No, the top and the bottom of the half cylinder are not stagnation points. Hint: for the air to flow horizontally at the top and bottom edges, and to continue in that direction, the net force along $y$ on the flow at those locations must be zero. Think about what this means with respect to the pressure on the right side of the object.
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