Air: The Excellent Canopy by Frank Fahy

By Frank Fahy

We take it without any consideration, yet with out it we perish and if we proceed to abuse it, it could possibly kill us in any case. This interesting textual content presents an figuring out and appreciation of the function that air performs in the environment and its value with regards to human existence and expertise. geared toward those people who are scientifically curious yet who've no professional education, it comprises no mathematical equations and depends the qualitative descriptions and analogies to give an explanation for the extra technical components of the textual content including easy domestic experiments to demonstrate a number air-based phenomena. Liberally illustrated with a number line drawings and pictures, it recommends extra analyzing when you are inspired to profit extra. This ebook deals beneficial history analyzing for either physics academics and scholars.

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This phenomenon involves attractive interaction between the molecules of the fluid and of the solid surface. However, at a rather small distance from the surface the air flow speed is virtually free of this surface 'stickiness'. The thin region of flow close to the surface over which the flow speed relative to the surface varies from zero (at the surface) to the free speed (unaffected by viscosity) is called the 'boundary layer'. Because the flow speed varies with distance from the surface the fluid is subject to a shearing action and viscosity acts so as to resist the relative motion of fluid and body, hence generating a drag force on the surface.

13(a) Lift and drag forces on a flat plate at angle of incidence a L Fig. 13(b) and (c) Lift and drag forces on a thin cambered plate and an aerofoil at angle of incidence a The answer to both the structural and stall problems was the introduction of specially shaped thicker aerofoil sections theoretically developed on the basis of a technique developed by Nikolai Joukowsky, a Russian mathematician. As illustrated by Fig. 12, this transforms the well-known flow over a cylinder into an aerofoil shape on which the pressure distribution is easily calculated.

28 Air: the Excellent Canopy The maximum (terminal) speed of fall through the air of a body is determined by the equality of its weight and its aerodynamic drag, which increases with speed. For a sky diver, this speed is about 125 mph (200 kph). Looking at the table of typical Reynolds numbers above, we can deduce that the maximum (terminal) speed of fall of a raindrop is determined by the equality of its weight to the drag imposed on it by air viscosity. This is an important factor in cloud dynamics as discussed further in Chapter 5.

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