# Understanding Streaklines: Uses & Differences

• SirVonny
In summary, Streaklines are commonly used to visualize unsteady flow in wind or water tunnels and differentiate from streamlines. They are important for understanding flow patterns and must be known by tunnel users.
SirVonny
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I have been looking around and trying to understand what the physical use is for a streaklines. While we are at it, maybe we can discuss how they differentiate from pathlines, streamlines and timelines as well as discussing their uses. Thanks for your feedback in advance.
Summary: I have been looking around and trying to understand what the physical use is for a streaklines. While we are at it, maybe we can discuss how they differentiate from pathlines, streamlines and timelines as well as discussing their uses. Thanks for your feedback in advance.

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I am not sure you could say there is a physical "use" for them, but it is important to know what they are and why they are not the same as streamlines. A common method of visualizing flow in a wind or water tunnel is to inject smoke or dye at a point and watch the trails they trace out over a body. If the flow is unsteady, this is a streakline and not a streamline. A tunnel user has to know this.

Klystron

## 1. What are streaklines?

Streaklines are imaginary lines that show the path of a fluid element in a flow field over a period of time. They are often represented as colored lines in a flow visualization.

## 2. How are streaklines different from streamlines?

Streaklines and streamlines are both used to visualize fluid flow, but they represent different aspects. Streaklines show the path of a fluid element over time, while streamlines show the instantaneous direction of the flow at a given point in the flow field.

## 3. What are some uses of streaklines?

Streaklines are commonly used in fluid mechanics and aerodynamics to study the behavior of fluids in motion. They can also be used in weather forecasting to track the movement of air masses.

## 4. How are streaklines calculated?

Streaklines are calculated by tracing the path of a fluid element in a flow field using numerical methods or by physically injecting a dye or tracer into the flow and tracking its movement over time.

## 5. Can streaklines be used in non-Newtonian fluids?

Yes, streaklines can be used in non-Newtonian fluids, but the calculations may be more complex due to the non-linear behavior of these fluids. In some cases, the use of streaklines may not be applicable and other flow visualization techniques may be more suitable.

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