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Liquid A liquid is a nearly incompressible fluid that conforms to the shape of its container but retains a (nearly) constant volume independent of pressure. As such, it is one of the four fundamental states of matter (the others being solid, gas, and plasma), and is the only state with a definite volume but no fixed shape. A liquid is made up of tiny vibrating particles of matter, such as atoms, held together by intermolecular bonds. Water is, by far, the most common liquid on Earth. Like a gas, a liquid is able to flow and take the shape of a container. Most liquids resist compression, although others can be compressed. Unlike a gas, a liquid does not disperse to fill every space of a container, and maintains a fairly constant density. A distinctive property of the liquid state is surface tension, leading to wetting phenomena. The density of a liquid is usually close to that of a solid, and much higher than in a gas. Therefore, liquid and solid are both termed condensed matter [...More...]  "Liquid" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Fracture Mechanics Fracture Fracture mechanics is the field of mechanics concerned with the study of the propagation of cracks in materials. It uses methods of analytical solid mechanics to calculate the driving force on a crack and those of experimental solid mechanics to characterize the material's resistance to fracture. In modern materials science, fracture mechanics is an important tool used to improve the performance of mechanical components. It applies the physics of stress and strain behavior of materials, in particular the theories of elasticity and plasticity, to the microscopic crystallographic defects found in real materials in order to predict the macroscopic mechanical behavior of those bodies. Fractography Fractography is widely used with fracture mechanics to understand the causes of failures and also verify the theoretical failure predictions with real life failures [...More...]  "Fracture Mechanics" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Surface Area The surface area of a solid object is a measure of the total area that the surface of the object occupies. The mathematical definition of surface area in the presence of curved surfaces is considerably more involved than the definition of arc length of onedimensional curves, or of the surface area for polyhedra (i.e., objects with flat polygonal faces), for which the surface area is the sum of the areas of its faces. Smooth surfaces, such as a sphere, are assigned surface area using their representation as parametric surfaces. This definition of surface area is based on methods of infinitesimal calculus and involves partial derivatives and double integration. A general definition of surface area was sought by Henri Lebesgue Henri Lebesgue and Hermann Minkowski Hermann Minkowski at the turn of the twentieth century [...More...]  "Surface Area" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Plasticity (physics) In physics and materials science, plasticity describes the deformation of a (solid) material undergoing nonreversible changes of shape in response to applied forces.[1][2] For example, a solid piece of metal being bent or pounded into a new shape displays plasticity as permanent changes occur within the material itself. In engineering, the transition from elastic behavior to plastic behavior is called yield. Plastic Plastic deformation is observed in most materials, particularly metals, soils, rocks, concrete, foams, bone and skin.[3][4][5][6][7][8] However, the physical mechanisms that cause plastic deformation can vary widely. At a crystalline scale, plasticity in metals is usually a consequence of dislocations. Such defects are relatively rare in most crystalline materials, but are numerous in some and part of their crystal structure; in such cases, plastic crystallinity can result [...More...]  "Plasticity (physics)" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Conservation Of Energy In physics, the law of Conservation of Energy Energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant, it is said to be conserved over time.[1] This law means that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed from one form to another. For instance, chemical energy is converted to kinetic energy when a stick of dynamite explodes [...More...]  "Conservation Of Energy" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Conservation Of Mass The law of conservation of mass or principle of mass conservation states that for any system closed to all transfers of matter and energy, the mass of the system must remain constant over time, as system's mass cannot change, so quantity cannot be added nor removed. Hence, the quantity of mass is conserved over time. The law implies that mass can neither be created nor destroyed, although it may be rearranged in space, or the entities associated with it may be changed in form. For example, in chemical reactions, the mass of the chemical components before the reaction is equal to the mass of the components after the reaction. Thus, during any chemical reaction and lowenergy thermodynamic processes in an isolated system, the total mass of the reactants, or starting materials, must be equal to the mass of the products. The concept of mass conservation is widely used in many fields such as chemistry, mechanics, and fluid dynamics [...More...]  "Conservation Of Mass" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Buoyancy In physics, buoyancy (/ˈbɔɪənsi, əntsi, ˈbuːjənsi, jəntsi/)[1][2] or upthrust, is an upward force exerted by a fluid that opposes the weight of an immersed object. In a column of fluid, pressure increases with depth as a result of the weight of the overlying fluid. Thus the pressure at the bottom of a column of fluid is greater than at the top of the column. Similarly, the pressure at the bottom of an object submerged in a fluid is greater than at the top of the object. This pressure difference results in a net upwards force on the object. The magnitude of that force exerted is proportional to that pressure difference, and (as explained by Archimedes' principle) is equivalent to the weight of the fluid that would otherwise occupy the volume of the object, i.e. the displaced fluid. For this reason, an object whose density is greater than that of the fluid in which it is submerged tends to sink [...More...]  "Buoyancy" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

NonNewtonian Fluid A non Newtonian fluid is a fluid that does not follow Newton's Law of Viscosity. Most commonly, the viscosity (the gradual deformation by shear or tensile stresses) of nonNewtonian fluids is dependent on shear rate or shear rate history. Some nonNewtonian fluids with shearindependent viscosity, however, still exhibit normal stressdifferences or other nonNewtonian behavior. Many salt solutions and molten polymers are nonNewtonian fluids, as are many commonly found substances such as ketchup, custard, toothpaste, starch suspensions, maizena, honey,[1] paint, blood, and shampoo. In a Newtonian fluid, the relation between the shear stress and the shear rate is linear, passing through the origin, the constant of proportionality being the coefficient of viscosity. In a nonNewtonian fluid, the relation between the shear stress and the shear rate is different [...More...]  "NonNewtonian Fluid" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Atmosphere An atmosphere (from Greek ἀτμός (atmos), meaning 'vapour', and σφαῖρα (sphaira), meaning 'sphere'[1][2]) is a layer or a set of layers of gases surrounding a planet or other material body, that is held in place by the gravity of that body. An atmosphere is more likely to be retained if the gravity it is subject to is high and the temperature of the atmosphere is low. The atmosphere of Earth Earth is composed of nitrogen (about 78%), oxygen (about 21%), argon (about 0.9%) with carbon dioxide and other gases in trace amounts. Oxygen Oxygen is used by most organisms for respiration; nitrogen is fixed by bacteria and lightning to produce ammonia used in the construction of nucleotides and amino acids; and carbon dioxide is used by plants, algae and cyanobacteria for photosynthesis. The atmosphere helps to protect living organisms from genetic damage by solar ultraviolet radiation, solar wind and cosmic rays [...More...]  "Atmosphere" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Viscoelasticity Viscoelasticity Viscoelasticity is the property of materials that exhibit both viscous and elastic characteristics when undergoing deformation. Viscous materials, like honey, resist shear flow and strain linearly with time when a stress is applied. Elastic materials strain when stretched and quickly return to their original state once the stress is removed. Viscoelastic materials have elements of both of these properties and, as such, exhibit timedependent strain [...More...]  "Viscoelasticity" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Frictional Contact Mechanics Contact mechanics Contact mechanics is the study of the deformation of solids that touch each other at one or more points.[1][2] This can be divided into compressive and adhesive forces in the direction perpendicular to the interface, and frictional forces in the tangential direction. Frictional contact mechanics Frictional contact mechanics is the study of the deformation of bodies in the presence of frictional effects, whereas frictionless contact mechanics assumes the absence of such effects. Frictional contact mechanics Frictional contact mechanics is concerned with a large range of different scales.At the macroscopic scale, it is applied for the investigation of the motion of contacting bodies (see Contact dynamics). For instance the bouncing of a rubber ball on a surface depends on the frictional interaction at the contact interface [...More...]  "Frictional Contact Mechanics" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Rheometry Rheometry (from the Greek ῥέος – rheos, n, meaning "stream") generically refers to the experimental techniques used to determine the rheological properties of materials, that is the quantitative and qualitative relationships between deformations and stresses and their derivatives. The choice of the adequate experimental technique depends on the rheological property which has to be determined [...More...]  "Rheometry" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Newtonian Fluid In continuum mechanics, a Newtonian fluid is a fluid in which the viscous stresses arising from its flow, at every point, are linearly[1] proportional to the local strain rate—the rate of change of its deformation over time.[2][3][4] That is equivalent to saying those forces are proportional to the rates of change of the fluid's velocity vector as one moves away from the point in question in various directions. More precisely, a fluid is Newtonian only if the tensors that describe the viscous stress and the strain rate are related by a constant viscosity tensor that does not depend on the stress state and velocity of the flow [...More...]  "Newtonian Fluid" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Archimedes' Principle Archimedes' principle Archimedes' principle states that the upward buoyant force that is exerted on a body immersed in a fluid, whether fully or partially submerged, is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces and acts in the upward direction at the center of mass of the displaced fluid. Archimedes' principle Archimedes' principle is a law of physics fundamental to fluid mechanics. It was formulated by Archimedes Archimedes of Syracuse.[1]Contents1 Explanation 2 Formula 3 Refinements 4 Principle of flotation 5 See also 6 ReferencesExplanation[edit] In On Floating Bodies, Archimedes Archimedes suggested that (c [...More...]  "Archimedes' Principle" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Navier–Stokes Equations In physics, the Navier–Stokes equations Navier–Stokes equations /nævˈjeɪ stoʊks/, named after ClaudeLouis Navier ClaudeLouis Navier and George Gabriel Stokes, describe the motion of viscous fluid substances. These balance equations arise from applying Newton's second law Newton's second law to fluid motion, together with the assumption that the stress in the fluid is the sum of a diffusing viscous term (proportional to the gradient of velocity) and a pressure term—hence describing viscous flow [...More...]  "Navier–Stokes Equations" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 

Pascal's Law Pascal's law Pascal's law (also Pascal's principle[1][2][3] or the principle of transmission of fluidpressure) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that a pressure change occurring anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted throughout the fluid such that the same change occurs everywhere.[4] The law was established by French mathematician Blaise Pascal[5] in 1647–48.[6]Contents1 Definition 2 Explanation 3 Pascal's barrel 4 Applications of Pascal's law 5 See also 6 ReferencesDefinition[edit] Pressure Pressure in water and air [...More...]  "Pascal's Law" on: Wikipedia Yahoo 