|Air flow from the wing of a plane. Public domain image. SOURCE.|
There are several major categories of fluid flow: steady flow (fluid maintains the same velocity), turbulent flow (speed and/or direction changes), compressibility (if it is compressible, it changes in volume in response to pressure), incompressibility (it does not change in volume as a response to pressure), viscosity, inviscid fluids (entirely non-viscous, ideal fluids), rotational flow (the fluid moves in swirl patterns), and irrotational flow (moves in a straight line).
Fluid dynamics includes the fields of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, vortex dynamics, gas dynamics, computation fluid dynamics (also called CFD), convection heat transfer, turbomachinery flow, acoustics, biofluids, physical oceanography, atmospheric dynamics, wind engineering, two-phase flows, and a large number of other subjects, and it is used to design aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, ships, propulsion systems, and heat exchangers, in addition to having other manufacturing applications.
|By Brocken Inaglory, CC-BY-SA-3.0. SOURCE.|
Notable fluid dynamicist:
Nadine Aubry is the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Nano Society. She has lectured in a range of places, including the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Cornell University, and in Melbourne, Italy, Mexico, and the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Her current research involves microfluidics, such as micromixers and droplet generators. Her team has introduced new methods for more effective mixing, droplet generation, and the arrangement of micro-sized and nano-sized particles.
And if you want to play around with a fluid dynamics simulator:
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Any favorite fluids or favorite applications of fluid dynamics?
-----The Golden Eagle