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New view on fluid flow

  1. Dec 23, 2007 #1
    I believe I heard somewhat of the following thesis on TV:

    Take a constant and homogeneous fluid flow, introduce an obstacle, and you can find at least one path connecting original endpoints that is quicker than without the obstacle. Might this be so?
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  3. Dec 24, 2007 #2
    If you keep the flow rate, I dont known how it could be different...
  4. Dec 24, 2007 #3


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    What are the constraints? Constant flow rate, constant head between endpoints...?

    Also, when you say "path", do you really mean "streamline"? There's a big difference between the two, and only the latter makes any sense to me.
  5. Dec 24, 2007 #4

    I overlooked mentioning that the fluid was incompressible, and approached a constant velocity toward infinity.

    "Constant head between endpoints"[?] does not show up on Google except for this thread.

    Streamline it is, not path. Thanks for the correction.
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