Talk:Fluid dynamics

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 Definition The branch of physics that deals with the flow of fluids, i.e., liquids and gases. [d] [e]

This article very badly needs some attention by an expert

This article needs to be formatted into coherent sections ... as it now stands, it is just one very long section.

I split the very long list of "major subfields" into 3 columns and also culled out 2-3 of the list. I find it very difficult to believe that all of the listed items are truly "major subfields" of fluid dynamics. I think (perhaps incorrectly) that many of them really belong in the "Related Articles" subpage. Someone who is an expert in this field should pick out the truly "major subfields" to be left in the main article and re-locate the other items to the "Related Articles" subpage.

The article also needs the "Bibliography" subpage to be created and populated. Milton Beychok 02:01, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Plan to reduce list of 43 subfields to 13 subfields

Since no one has come forth to shorten the current list of 43 subfields, I plan to reduce that list to 13 as follows unless there is a consensus not to do do:

Let me hear from you. Milton Beychok 09:49, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

I have no idea about this stuff but to be readable we definitely do not need to focus on so many subsets. Even 13 is a lot for an article. I think there is a place for the specific articles but that does not mean they all have to be discussed in detail, or even at all, in this parent article. They can be in the related article page, where the definitions will give some context. Chris Day 15:07, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Chris, the plan would be to include the other 30 subfields in the Related Articles subpage. Milton Beychok 16:24, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Maybe I was not clear, but I think you are on the right track. And could be even more draconian. Chris Day 16:42, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
First, I had to find out what Rheology was. Cut even farther. Flow control, which may need to be disambiguated, flow measurement, and perhaps hydraulics are, to me, more engineering disciplines that make use of fluid dynamics than being subsets of fluid dynamics. "Computation Fluid Dynamics" should be computational fluid dynamics, which I think is close enough.
There could well be a separate section of engineering usages, which also would pick up a number of critical nuclear weapons technologies such as hydrodynamic and hydronuclear testing. I'm also not sure that acoustics is part of the science, although oceanographic data is extremely important in applications — not just military, but my more current work in commercial fishing and marine electronics. Howard C. Berkowitz 20:19, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Okay, based on your comments (Chris and Howard) and a heck of a lot of reading, I will put in a sub-header entitled "Fields of study" and I plan to reduce the major fields of study (sub-fields) to 6 as shown above along with a brief discussion that the overall study of fluid dynamics also includes: types of fluid flow (laminar and turbulent, viscous and inviscid, Newtonian and non-Newtonian); fluid properties and phenomena; mathematical equations/models/concepts;and fields of applications (or usages).
Meanwhile, I will wait another day or so to see if more comments are forthcoming. Milton Beychok 21:16, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

I've completed my edits

As discussed just above, I have broken the lengthy introduction into a lede and a subsection entitled "Sub-fields of fluid dynamics". The subsection has the much reduced list of sub-fields as also discussed just above, along with a brief mention of other subjects involved in the overall study of fluid dynamics.

I have also created a Reference subsection and provided a few references and footnotes, and I added an illustration to the lede section. I plan no other work on this article, but I would like to repeat that it needs more work and expansion by an experienced fluid dynamicist ... which I am not. Milton Beychok 02:27, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Picture ideas

Image:Two sources interference.gif (Fluid dynamics studies how different waves come into contact.)
Image:Fall 01.gif (Waterfall animation.)
I was on Wikimedia Commons and came across an animation, and I saw you were interested in fluid dynamics. Don't know if it applies. But here it is; if you think it's worthwhile, include it. It's kind of mesmerizing like eyes.--Thomas Wright Sulcer 18:08, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

Thomas and Chris: The two animations are indeed quite eye-catching. Let me think a while as to whether to include one of them in this article. I removed the actual images from here and instead substituted links to them simply to eliminate a lot of empty white space Milton Beychok 21:03, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
I just reformatted them, not particularly endorsing them. I'm not sure if they are appropriate or not. Chris Day 21:35, 16 March 2010 (UTC)