## 40The Flow of Dry Water

### 40–1Hydrostatics

The subject of the flow of fluids, and particularly of water, fascinates everybody. We can all remember, as children, playing in the bathtub or in mud puddles with the strange stuff. As we get older, we watch streams, waterfalls, and whirlpools, and we are fascinated by this substance which seems almost alive relative to solids. The behavior of fluids is in many ways very unexpected and interesting—it is the subject of this chapter and the next. The efforts of a child trying to dam a small stream flowing in the street and his surprise at the strange way the water works its way out has its analog in our attempts over the years to understand the flow of fluids. We have tried to dam the water up—in our understanding—by getting the laws and the equations that describe the flow. We will describe these attempts in this chapter. In the next chapter, we will describe the unique way in which water has broken through the dam and escaped our attempts to understand it.

We suppose that the elementary properties of water are already known
to you. The main property that distinguishes a fluid from a solid is
that a fluid cannot *maintain* a shear stress for any length of
time. If a shear is applied to a fluid, it will move under the
shear. Thicker liquids like honey move less easily than fluids like
air or water. The measure of the ease with which a fluid yields is its
viscosity. In this chapter we will consider only situations in which
the viscous effects can be ignored. The effects of viscosity will be
taken up in the next chapter.

We begin by considering *hydrostatics*, the theory of liquids at
rest. When liquids are at rest, there are no shear forces (even for
viscous liquids). The law of hydrostatics, therefore, is that the
stresses are always normal to any surface inside the fluid. The normal
force per unit area is called the *pressure*. From the fact that there
is no shear in a static fluid it follows that the pressure stress is the
same in all directions (Fig. 40-1). We will let you
entertain yourself by proving that if there is no shear on any plane in
a fluid, the pressure must be the same in any direction.

The pressure in a fluid may vary from place to place. For example, in a static fluid at the earth’s surface the pressure will vary with height because of the weight of the fluid. If the density $\rho$ of the fluid is considered constant, and if the pressure at some arbitrary zero level is called $p_0$ (Fig. 40-2), then the pressure at a height $h$ above this point is $p=p_0-\rho gh$, where $g$ is the gravitational force per unit mass. The combination \begin{equation*} p+\rho gh \end{equation*} is, therefore, a constant in the static fluid. This relation is familiar to you, but we will now derive a more general result of which it is a special case.

If we take a small cube of water, what is the net force on it from the pressure? Since the pressure at any place is the same in all directions, there can be a net force per unit volume only because the pressure varies from one point to another. Suppose that the pressure is varying in the $x$-direction—and we take the coordinate directions parallel to the cube edges. The pressure on the face at $x$ gives the force $p\,\Delta y\,\Delta z$ (Fig. 40-3), and the pressure on the face at $x+\Delta x$ gives the force $-[p+(\ddpl{p}{x})\,\Delta x]\,\Delta y\,\Delta z$, so that the resultant force is $-(\ddpl{p}{x})\,\Delta x\,\Delta y\,\Delta z$. If we take the remaining pairs of faces of the cube, we easily see that the pressure force per unit volume is $-\FLPgrad{p}$. If there are other forces in addition—such as gravity—then the pressure must balance them to give equilibrium.

Let’s take a circumstance in which such an additional force can be
described by a potential energy, as would be true in the case of
gravitation; we will let $\phi$ stand for the potential energy per
unit mass. (For gravity, for instance, $\phi$ is just $gz$.) The force
per unit mass is given in terms of the potential by $-\FLPgrad{\phi}$,
and if $\rho$ is the density of the fluid, the force per unit volume
is $-\rho\,\FLPgrad{\phi}$. For equilibrium this force per unit volume
added to the pressure force per unit volume must give zero:
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:1}
-\FLPgrad{p}-\rho\,\FLPgrad{\phi}=\FLPzero.
\end{equation}
Equation (40.1) is the equation of hydrostatics. In
*general*, it *has no solution*. If the density varies in
space in an arbitrary way, there is no way for the forces to be in
balance, and the fluid cannot be in static equilibrium. Convection
currents will start up. We can see this from the equation since the
pressure term is a pure gradient, whereas for variable $\rho$ the
other term is not. Only when $\rho$ is a constant is the potential
term a pure gradient. Then the equation has a solution
\begin{equation*}
p+\rho\phi=\text{const}.
\end{equation*}
Another possibility which allows hydrostatic equilibrium is for $\rho$
to be a function only of $p$. However, we will leave the subject of
hydrostatics because it is not nearly so interesting as the situation
when fluids are in motion.

### 40–2The equations of motion

First, we will discuss fluid motions in a purely abstract, theoretical
way and then consider special examples. To describe the motion of a
fluid, we must give its properties at every point. For example, at
different places, the water (let us call the fluid “water”) is
moving with different *velocities*. To specify the character of
the flow, therefore, we must give the three components of velocity at
every point and for any time. If we can find the equations that
determine the velocity, then we would know how the liquid moves at all
times. The velocity, however, is not the only property that the fluid
has which varies from point to point. We have just discussed the
variation of the *pressure* from point to point. And there are
still other variables. There may also be a variation of *density*
from point to point. In addition, the fluid may be a conductor and
carry an electric *current* whose density $\FLPj$ varies from
point to point in magnitude and direction. There may be a
*temperature* which varies from point to point, or a
*magnetic field*, and so on. So the number of fields needed to
describe the complete situation will depend on how complicated the
problem is. There are interesting phenomena when currents and
magnetism play a dominant part in determining the behavior of the
fluid; the subject is called *magnetohydrodynamics*, and great
attention is being paid to it at the present time. However, we are not
going to consider these more complicated situations because there are
already interesting phenomena at a lower level of complexity, and even
the more elementary level will be complicated enough.

We will take the situation where there is no magnetic field and no conductivity, and we will not worry about the temperature because we will suppose that the density and pressure determine in a unique manner the temperature at any point. As a matter of fact, we will reduce the complexity of our work by making the assumption that the density is a constant—we imagine that the fluid is essentially incompressible. Putting it another way, we are supposing that the variations of pressure are so small that the changes in density produced thereby are negligible. If that is not the case, we would encounter phenomena additional to the ones we will be discussing here—for example, the propagation of sound or of shock waves. We have already discussed the propagation of sound and shocks to some extent, so we will now isolate our consideration of hydrodynamics from these other phenomena by making the approximation that the density $\rho$ is a constant. It is easy to determine when the approximation of constant $\rho$ is a good one. We can say that if the velocities of flow are much less than the speed of a sound wave in the fluid, we do not have to worry about variations in density. The escape that water makes in our attempts to understand it is not related to the approximation of constant density. The complications that do permit the escape will be discussed in the next chapter.

In the general theory of fluids one must begin with an *equation
of state* for the fluid which connects the pressure to the density. In
our approximation this equation of state is simply
\begin{equation*}
\rho=\text{const}.
\end{equation*}
This then is the first relation for our variables. The next relation
expresses the conservation of matter—if matter flows away from a
point, there must be a decrease in the amount left behind. If the
fluid velocity is $\FLPv$, then the mass which flows in a unit time
across a unit area of surface is the component of $\rho\FLPv$ normal
to the surface. We have had a similar relation in electricity. We also
know from electricity that the divergence of such a quantity gives the
rate of decrease of the density per unit time. In the same way, the
equation
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:2}
\FLPdiv{(\rho\FLPv)}=-\ddp{\rho}{t}
\end{equation}
expresses the conservation of mass for a fluid; it is the hydrodynamic
*equation of continuity*. In our approximation, which is the
incompressible fluid approximation, $\rho$ is a constant, and the
equation of continuity is simply
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:3}
\FLPdiv{\FLPv}=0.
\end{equation}
The fluid velocity $\FLPv$—like the magnetic field $\FLPB$—has
zero divergence. (The hydrodynamic equations are often closely
analogous to the electrodynamic equations; that’s why we studied
electrodynamics first. Some people argue the other way; they think
that one should study hydrodynamics first so that it will be easier to
understand electricity afterwards. But electrodynamics is really much
easier than hydrodynamics.)

We will get our next equation from Newton’s law which tells us how the
velocity changes because of the forces. The mass of an element of
volume of the fluid times its acceleration must be equal to the force
on the element. Taking an element of unit volume, and writing the
force per unit volume as $\FLPf$, we have
\begin{equation*}
\rho\times(\text{acceleration})=\FLPf.
\end{equation*}
We will write the force density as the sum of three terms. We have
already considered the pressure force per unit volume,
$-\FLPgrad{p}$. Then there are the “external” forces which act at a
distance—like gravity or electricity. When they are conservative
forces with a potential per unit mass, $\phi$, they give a force
density $-\rho\,\FLPgrad{\phi}$. (If the external forces are not
conservative, we would have to write $\FLPf_{\text{ext}}$ for the
external force per unit volume.) Then there is another “internal”
force per unit volume, which is due to the fact that in a
*flowing* fluid there can also be a shearing stress. This is
called the viscous force, which we will
write $\FLPf_{\text{visc}}$. Our equation of motion is
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:4}
\rho\times(\text{acceleration})=
-\FLPgrad{p}-\rho\,\FLPgrad{\phi}+\FLPf_{\text{visc}}.
\end{equation}

For this chapter we are going to suppose that the liquid is “thin” in
the sense that the viscosity is unimportant, so we will
omit $\FLPf_{\text{visc}}$. When we drop the viscosity term, we will be
making an approximation which describes some ideal stuff rather than
real water. John von Neumann was
well aware of the tremendous difference between what happens when you
don’t have the viscous terms and when you do, and he was also aware
that, during most of the development of hydrodynamics until about 1900,
almost the main interest was in solving beautiful *mathematical*
problems with this approximation which had almost nothing to do with
real fluids. He characterized the theorist who made such analyses as a
man who studied “dry water.” Such analyses leave out an
*essential* property of the fluid. It is because we are leaving
this property out of our calculations in this chapter that we have given
it the title “The Flow of Dry Water.” We are postponing a discussion
of *real* water to the next chapter.

If we leave out $\FLPf_{\text{visc}}$, we have in Eq. (40.4)
everything we need except an expression for the acceleration. You might
think that the formula for the acceleration of a fluid particle would be
very simple, for it seems obvious that if $\FLPv$ is the velocity of a
fluid particle at some place in the fluid, the acceleration would just
be $\ddpl{\FLPv}{t}$. *It is not*—and for a rather subtle reason.
The derivative $\ddpl{\FLPv}{t}$, is the rate at which the
velocity $\FLPv(x,y,z,t)$ changes at a *fixed point* in space. What we need
is how fast the velocity changes for a *particular piece* of fluid.
Imagine that we mark one of the drops of water with a colored speck so
we can watch it. In a small interval of time $\Delta t$, this drop will
move to a different location. If the drop is moving along some path as
sketched in Fig. 40-4, it might in $\Delta t$ move from
$P_1$ to $P_2$. In fact, it will move in the $x$-direction by an
amount $v_x\,\Delta t$, in the $y$-direction by the amount $v_y\,\Delta t$, and
in the $z$-direction by the amount $v_z\,\Delta t$. We see that, if
$\FLPv(x,y,z,t)$ is the velocity of the fluid particle which is
at $(x,y,z)$ at the time $t$, then the velocity of the *same*
particle, at the time $t+\Delta t$ is given by $\FLPv(x+\Delta
x,y+\Delta y,z+\Delta z,t+\Delta t)$—with
\begin{equation*}
\Delta x=v_x\,\Delta t,\quad
\Delta y=v_y\,\Delta t,\quad
\text{and}\quad
\Delta z=v_z\,\Delta t.
\end{equation*}
From the definition of the partial derivatives—recall
Eq. (2.7)—we have, to first order, that
\begin{align*}
\FLPv(x+\;&v_x\,\Delta t,y+v_y\,\Delta t,z+v_z\,\Delta t,t+\Delta t)\\[2pt]
&=\FLPv(x,y,z,t)+
\ddp{\FLPv}{x}\,v_x\,\Delta t+
\ddp{\FLPv}{y}\,v_y\,\Delta t+
\ddp{\FLPv}{z}\,v_z\,\Delta t+
\ddp{\FLPv}{t}\,\Delta t.
\end{align*}
\begin{gather*}
\FLPv(x+v_x\Delta t,\,y+v_y\Delta t,\,z+v_z\Delta t,\,t+\Delta t)=\\[1.5ex]
\FLPv(x,y,z,t)\!+\!
\ddp{\FLPv}{x}\,v_x\Delta t+\!
\ddp{\FLPv}{y}\,v_y\Delta t+\!
\ddp{\FLPv}{z}\,v_z\Delta t+\!
\ddp{\FLPv}{t}\,\Delta t.
\end{gather*}
The acceleration $\Delta\FLPv/\Delta t$ is
\begin{equation*}
v_x\,\ddp{\FLPv}{x}+v_y\,\ddp{\FLPv}{y}+v_z\,\ddp{\FLPv}{z}+\ddp{\FLPv}{t}.
\end{equation*}
We can write this symbolically—treating $\FLPnabla$ as a vector—as
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:5}
(\FLPv\cdot\FLPnabla)\FLPv+\ddp{\FLPv}{t}.
\end{equation}
Note that there can be an acceleration even
though $\ddpl{\FLPv}{t}=\FLPzero$ so that velocity *at a given point* is
not changing. As an example, water flowing in a circle at a constant
speed is accelerating even though the velocity at a given point is not
changing. The reason is, of course, that the velocity of a particular
piece of water which is initially at one point on the circle has a
different direction a moment later; there is a centripetal
acceleration.

The rest of our theory is just mathematical—finding solutions of the
equation of motion we get by putting the acceleration (40.5)
into Eq. (40.4). We get
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:6}
\ddp{\FLPv}{t}+(\FLPv\cdot\FLPnabla)\FLPv=
-\frac{\FLPgrad{p}}{\rho}-\FLPgrad{\phi},
\end{equation}
where viscosity has been omitted. We can rearrange this equation by
using the following identity from vector analysis:
\begin{equation*}
(\FLPv\cdot\FLPnabla)\FLPv=(\FLPcurl{\FLPv})\times\FLPv+
\tfrac{1}{2}\FLPgrad{(\FLPv\cdot\FLPv)}.
\end{equation*}
If we now *define* a new *vector field* $\FLPOmega$, as the
curl of $\FLPv$,
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:7}
\FLPOmega=\FLPcurl{\FLPv},
\end{equation}
the vector identity can be written as
\begin{equation*}
(\FLPv\cdot\FLPnabla)\FLPv=\FLPOmega\times\FLPv+
\tfrac{1}{2}\FLPgrad{v^2},
\end{equation*}
and our equation of motion (40.6) becomes
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:8}
\ddp{\FLPv}{t}+\FLPOmega\times\FLPv+
\frac{1}{2}\,\FLPgrad{v^2}=
-\frac{\FLPgrad{p}}{\rho}-\FLPgrad{\phi}.
\end{equation}
You can verify that Eqs. (40.6)
and (40.8) are equivalent by checking that the components of
the two sides of the equation are equal—and making use
of (40.7).

The vector field $\FLPOmega$ is called the
*vorticity*. If the vorticity is zero everywhere,
we say that the flow is *irrotational*. We have already defined in
Section 3-5 a thing called the *circulation* of a
vector field. The circulation around any closed loop in a fluid is the
line integral of the fluid velocity, at a given instant of time, around
that loop:
\begin{equation*}
(\text{Circulation})=\oint\FLPv\cdot d\FLPs.
\end{equation*}
The circulation *per unit area* for an infinitesimal loop is
then—using Stokes’ theorem—equal to $\FLPcurl{\FLPv}$. So the
vorticity $\FLPOmega$ is the circulation around a unit area
(perpendicular to the direction of $\FLPOmega$). It also follows that
if you put a little piece of dirt—*not* an infinitesimal
point—at any place in the liquid it will rotate with the angular
velocity $\FLPOmega/2$. Try to see if you can prove that. You can also
check it out that for a bucket of water on a turntable, $\FLPOmega$ is
equal to twice the local angular velocity of the water.

If we are interested only in the velocity field, we can eliminate the pressure from our equations. Taking the curl of both sides of Eq. (40.8), remembering that $\rho$ is a constant and that the curl of any gradient is zero, and using Eq. (40.3), we get \begin{equation} \label{Eq:II:40:9} \ddp{\FLPOmega}{t}+\FLPcurl{(\FLPOmega\times\FLPv)}=\FLPzero. \end{equation} This equation, together with the equations \begin{equation} \label{Eq:II:40:10} \FLPOmega=\FLPcurl{\FLPv} \end{equation} and \begin{equation} \label{Eq:II:40:11} \FLPdiv{\FLPv}=0, \end{equation} describes completely the velocity field $\FLPv$. Mathematically speaking, if we know $\FLPOmega$ at some time, then we know the curl of the velocity vector, and we also know that its divergence is zero, so given the physical situation we have all we need to determine $\FLPv$ everywhere. (It is just like the situation in magnetism where we had $\FLPdiv{\FLPB}=0$ and $\FLPcurl{\FLPB}=\FLPj/\epsO c^2$.) Thus, a given $\FLPOmega$ determines $\FLPv$ just as a given $\FLPj$ determines $\FLPB$. Then, knowing $\FLPv$, Eq. (40.9) tells us the rate of change of $\FLPOmega$ from which we can get the new $\FLPOmega$ for the next instant. Using Eq. (40.10), again we find the new $\FLPv$, and so on. You see how these equations contain all the machinery for calculating the flow. Note, however, that this procedure gives the velocity field only; we have lost all information about the pressure.

We point out one special consequence of our equation. If $\FLPOmega=\FLPzero$ everywhere at any time $t$, $\ddpl{\FLPOmega}{t}$ also vanishes, so that $\FLPOmega$ is still zero everywhere at $t+\Delta t$. We have a solution to the equation; the flow is permanently irrotational. If a flow was started with zero rotation, it would always have zero rotation. The equations to be solved then are \begin{equation*} \FLPdiv{\FLPv}=0,\quad \FLPcurl{\FLPv}=\FLPzero. \end{equation*} They are just like the equations for the electrostatic or magnetostatic fields in free space. We will come back to them and look at some special problems later.

### 40–3Steady flow—Bernoulli’s theorem

Now we want to return to the equation of motion, Eq. (40.8),
but limit ourselves to situations in which the flow is “steady.” By
steady flow we mean that at any one place in the fluid the velocity
never changes. The fluid at any point is always replaced by new fluid
moving in exactly the same way. The velocity picture always looks the
same—$\FLPv$ is a static vector field. In the same way that we drew
“field lines” in magnetostatics, we can now draw lines which are
always tangent to the fluid velocity as shown in Fig. 40-5.
These lines are called *streamlines*. For
steady flow, they are evidently the actual paths of fluid particles. (In
unsteady flow the streamline pattern changes in time, and the streamline
pattern at any instant does not represent the path of a fluid particle.)

A steady flow does not mean that nothing is happening—atoms in the
fluid are moving and changing their velocities. It only means that
$\ddpl{\FLPv}{t}=\FLPzero$. Then if we take the dot product of $\FLPv$
into the equation of motion, the
term $\FLPv\cdot(\FLPOmega\times\FLPv)$ drops out, and we are left with
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:12}
\FLPv\cdot\FLPgrad{\biggl\{
\frac{p}{\rho}+\phi+\frac{1}{2}\,v^2
\biggr\}}=0.
\end{equation}
This equation says that *for a small displacement in the
direction of the fluid velocity* the quantity inside the brackets
doesn’t change. Now in steady flow all displacements are along
streamlines, so Eq. (40.12) tells us that *for all
the points along a streamline*, we can write
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:13}
\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}\,v^2+\phi=\text{const}\:(\text{streamline}).
\end{equation}
This is *Bernoulli’s theorem*. The constant may in general be
different for different streamlines; all we know is that the left-hand
side of Eq. (40.13) is the same all along a *given
streamline*. Incidentally, we may notice that for steady
*irrotational* motion for which $\FLPOmega=\FLPzero$, the
equation of motion (40.8) gives us the relation
\begin{equation*}
\FLPgrad{\biggl\{
\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}\,v^2+\phi
\biggr\}}=0,
\end{equation*}
so that
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:14}
\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}\,v^2+\phi=\text{const}\:(\text{everywhere}).
\end{equation}
It’s just like Eq. (40.13) *except* that *now*
the constant has the *same value throughout the fluid*.

The theorem of Bernoulli is in fact nothing more than a statement of
the conservation of energy. A conservation theorem such as this gives
us a lot of information about a flow without our actually having to
solve the detailed equations. Bernoulli’s theorem is so important and
so simple that we would like to show you how it can be derived in a
way that is different from the formal calculations we have just
used. Imagine a bundle of adjacent streamlines which form a stream
tube as sketched in Fig. 40-6. Since the walls of the tube consist
of streamlines, no fluid flows out through the wall. Let’s call the
area at one end of the stream tube $A_1$, the fluid velocity
there $v_1$, the density of the fluid $\rho_1$, and the potential
energy $\phi_1$. At the other end of the tube, we have the corresponding
quantities $A_2$, $v_2$, $\rho_2$, and $\phi_2$. Now after a short
interval of time $\Delta t$, the fluid at $A_1$ has moved a
distance $v_1\,\Delta t$, and the fluid at $A_2$ has moved a
distance $v_2\,\Delta t$ [Fig. 40-6(b)]. The conservation of *mass*
requires that the mass which enters through $A_1$ must be equal to the
mass which leaves through $A_2$. These masses at these two ends must
be the same:
\begin{equation*}
\Delta M=\rho_1A_1v_1\,\Delta t=\rho_2A_2v_2\,\Delta t.
\end{equation*}
So we have the equality
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:15}
\rho_1A_1v_1=\rho_2A_2v_2.
\end{equation}
This equation tells us that the velocity varies inversely with the
area of the stream tube if $\rho$ is constant.

Now we calculate the work done by the fluid pressure. The work done on the fluid entering at $A_1$ is $p_1A_1v_1\,\Delta t$, and the work given up at $A_2$ is $p_2A_2v_2\,\Delta t$. The net work on the fluid between $A_1$ and $A_2$ is, therefore, \begin{equation*} p_1A_1v_1\,\Delta t-p_2A_2v_2\,\Delta t, \end{equation*} which must equal the increase in the energy of a mass $\Delta M$ of fluid in going from $A_1$ to $A_2$. In other words, \begin{equation} \label{Eq:II:40:16} p_1A_1v_1\,\Delta t-p_2A_2v_2\,\Delta t=\Delta M(E_2-E_1), \end{equation} where $E_1$ is the energy per unit mass of fluid at $A_1$, and $E_2$ is the energy per unit mass at $A_2$. The energy per unit mass of the fluid can be written as \begin{equation*} E=\tfrac{1}{2}v^2+\phi+U, \end{equation*} where $\tfrac{1}{2}v^2$ is the kinetic energy per unit mass, $\phi$ is the potential energy per unit mass, and $U$ is an additional term which represents the internal energy per unit mass of fluid. The internal energy might correspond, for example, to the thermal energy in a compressible fluid, or to chemical energy. All these quantities can vary from point to point. Using this form for the energies in (40.16), we have \begin{equation*} \frac{p_1A_1v_1\,\Delta t}{\Delta M}- \frac{p_2A_2v_2\,\Delta t}{\Delta M}= \frac{1}{2}\,v_2^2+\phi_2+U_2- \frac{1}{2}\,v_1^2-\phi_1-U_1. \end{equation*} \begin{align*} \frac{p_1A_1v_1\,\Delta t}{\Delta M}&- \frac{p_2A_2v_2\,\Delta t}{\Delta M}\,=\\[1ex] \frac{1}{2}\,v_2^2+\phi_2+U_2&- \frac{1}{2}\,v_1^2-\phi_1-U_1. \end{align*} But we have seen that $\Delta M=\rho Av\,\Delta t$, so we get \begin{equation} \label{Eq:II:40:17} \frac{p_1}{\rho_1}+\frac{1}{2}\,v_1^2+\phi_1+U_1= \frac{p_2}{\rho_2}+\frac{1}{2}\,v_2^2+\phi_2+U_2, \end{equation} \begin{equation} \begin{aligned} &\frac{p_1}{\rho_1}+\frac{1}{2}\,v_1^2+\phi_1+U_1\,=\\[1ex] &\frac{p_2}{\rho_2}+\frac{1}{2}\,v_2^2+\phi_2+U_2, \end{aligned} \label{Eq:II:40:17} \end{equation} which is the Bernoulli result with an additional term for the internal energy. If the fluid is incompressible, the internal energy term is the same on both sides, and we get again that Eq. (40.14) holds along any streamline.

We consider now some simple examples in which the Bernoulli integral
gives us a description of the flow. Suppose we have water flowing out
of a hole near the bottom of a tank, as drawn in Fig. 40-7. We take
a situation in which the flow speed $v_{\text{out}}$ at the hole is
much larger than the flow speed near the top of the tank; in other
words, we imagine that the diameter of the tank is so large that we
can neglect the drop in the liquid level. (We could make a more
accurate calculation if we wished.) At the top of the tank the
pressure is $p_0$, the atmospheric pressure, and the pressure at the
sides of the jet is also $p_0$. Now we write our Bernoulli equation
for a streamline, such as the one shown in the figure. At the top of
the tank, we take $v$ equal to zero and we also take the gravity
potential $\phi$ to be zero. At the speed $v_{\text{out}}$, and
$\phi=-gh$, so that
\begin{equation*}
p_0=p_0+\tfrac{1}{2}\rho v_{\text{out}}^2-\rho gh,
\end{equation*}
or
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:18}
v_{\text{out}}=\sqrt{2gh}.
\end{equation}
This velocity is just what we would get for something which falls the
distance $h$. It is not too surprising, since the water at the exit
gains kinetic energy at the expense of the potential energy of the
water at the top. Do not get the idea, however, that you can figure
out the rate that the fluid flows out of the tank by multiplying this
velocity by the area of the hole. The fluid velocities as the jet
leaves the hole are not all parallel to each other but have components
inward toward the center of the stream—the jet is converging. After
the jet has gone a little way, the contraction stops and the
velocities do become parallel. So the total flow is the velocity times
the area *at that point*. In fact, if we have a discharge opening
which is just a round hole with a sharp edge, the jet contracts to
$62$ percent of the area of the hole. The reduced effective area of
the discharge varies for different shapes of discharge tubes, and
experimental contractions are available as tables of *efflux
coefficients*.

If the discharge tube is re-entrant, as shown in Fig. 40-8,
it is possible to prove in a most beautiful way that the efflux
coefficient is exactly $50$ percent. We will give just a hint of how the
proof goes. We have used the conservation of energy to get the velocity,
Eq. (40.18), but there is also momentum conservation to
consider. Since there is an outflow of momentum in the discharge jet,
there must be a force applied over the cross section of the discharge
tube. Where does the force come from? The force must come from the
pressure on the walls. As long as the efflux hole is small and away from
the walls, the fluid velocity near the walls of the tank will be very
small. Therefore, the pressure on every face is almost exactly the same
as the static pressure in a fluid at rest—from
Eq. (40.14). Then the static pressure at any point on the
side of the tank must be matched by an equal pressure at the point on
the opposite wall, *except* at the points on the wall opposite the
charge tube. If we calculate the momentum poured out through the jet by
this pressure, we can show that the efflux coefficient is $1/2$. We
cannot use this method for a discharge hole like that shown in
Fig. 40-7, however, because the velocity increase along the
wall right near the discharge area gives a pressure fall which we are
not able to calculate.

Let’s look at another example—a horizontal pipe with changing cross section, as shown in Fig. 40-9, with water flowing in one end and out the other. The conservation of energy, namely Bernoulli’s formula, says that the pressure is lower in the constricted area where the velocity is higher. We can easily demonstrate this effect by measuring the pressure at different cross sections with small vertical columns of water attached to the flow tube through holes small enough so that they do not disturb the flow. The pressure is then measured by the height of water in these vertical columns. The pressure is found to be less at the constriction than it is on either side. If the area beyond the constriction comes back to the same value it had before the constriction, the pressure rises again. Bernoulli’s formula would predict that the pressure downstream of the constriction should be the same as it was upstream, but actually it is noticeably less. The reason that our prediction is wrong is that we have neglected the frictional, viscous forces which cause a pressure drop along the tube. Despite this pressure drop the pressure is definitely lower at the constriction (because of the increased speed) than it is on either side of it—as predicted by Bernoulli. The speed $v_2$ must certainly exceed $v_1$ to get the same amount of water through the narrower tube. So the water accelerates in going from the wide to the narrow part. The force that gives this acceleration comes from the drop in pressure.

We can check our results with another simple demonstration. Suppose we have on a tank a discharge tube which throws a jet of water upward as shown in Fig. 40-10. If the efflux velocity were exactly $\sqrt{2gh}$, the discharge water should rise to a level even with the surface of the water in the tank. Experimentally, it falls somewhat short. Our prediction is roughly right, but again viscous friction which has not been included in our energy conservation formula has resulted in a loss of energy.

Have you ever held two pieces of paper close together and tried to
blow them apart? Try it! They come *together*. The reason, of
course, is that the air has a higher speed going through the
constricted space between the sheets than it does when it gets
outside. The pressure between the sheets is *lower* than
atmospheric pressure, so they come together rather than separating.

### 40–4Circulation

We saw at the beginning of the last section that if we have an incompressible fluid with no circulation, the flow satisfies the following two equations: \begin{equation} \label{Eq:II:40:19} \FLPdiv{\FLPv}=0,\quad \FLPcurl{\FLPv}=\FLPzero. \end{equation} They are the same as the equations of electrostatics or magnetostatics in empty space. The divergence of the electric field is zero when there are no charges, and the curl of the electrostatic field is always zero. The curl of the magnetostatic field is zero if there are no currents, and the divergence of the magnetic field is always zero. Therefore, Eqs. (40.19) have the same solutions as the equations for $\FLPE$ in electrostatics or for $\FLPB$ in magnetostatics. As a matter of fact, we have already solved the problem of the flow of a fluid past a sphere, as an electrostatic analogy, in Section 12-5. The electrostatic analog is a uniform electric field plus a dipole field. The dipole field is so adjusted that the flow velocity normal to the surface of the sphere is zero. The same problem for the flow past a cylinder can be worked out in a similar way by using a suitable line dipole with a uniform flow field. This solution holds for a situation in which the fluid velocity at large distances is constant—both in magnitude and direction. The solution is sketched in Fig. 40-11(a).

There is another solution for the flow around a cylinder when the
conditions are such that the fluid at large distances moves in circles
around the cylinder. The flow is, then, circular everywhere, as in
Fig. 40-11(b). Such a flow has a circulation around the cylinder,
although $\FLPcurl{\FLPv}$ is still zero *in the fluid*. How can
there be circulation without a curl? We have a circulation around the
cylinder because the line integral of $\FLPv$ around any loop
*enclosing* the cylinder is not zero. At the same time, the line
integral of $\FLPv$ around any closed path which does *not*
include the cylinder is zero. We saw the same thing when we found the
magnetic field around a wire. The curl of $\FLPB$ was zero outside of
the wire, although a line integral of $\FLPB$ around a path which
encloses the wire did not vanish. The velocity field in an
irrotational circulation around a cylinder is precisely the same as
the magnetic field around a wire. For a circular path with its center
at the center of the cylinder, the line integral of the velocity is
\begin{equation*}
\oint\FLPv\cdot d\FLPs=2\pi rv.
\end{equation*}
For irrotational flow the integral must be independent of $r$. Let’s
call the constant value $C$, then we have that
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:20}
v=\frac{C}{2\pi r},
\end{equation}
where $v$ is the tangential velocity, and $r$ is the distance from the
axis.

There is a nice demonstration of a fluid circulating around a hole. You take a transparent cylindrical tank with a drain hole in the center of the bottom. You fill it with water, stir up some circulation with a stick, and pull the drain plug. You get the pretty effect shown in Fig. 40-12. (You’ve seen a similar thing many times in the bathtub!) Although you put in some $\omega$ at beginning, it soon dies down because of viscosity and the flow becomes irrotational—although still with some circulation around the hole.

From the theory, we can calculate the shape of the inner surface of the water. As a particle of the water moves inward it picks up speed. From Eq. (40.20) the tangential velocity goes as $1/r$—it’s just from the conservation of angular momentum, like the skater pulling in her arms. Also the radial velocity goes as $1/r$. Ignoring the tangential motion, we have water going radially inward toward a hole; from $\FLPdiv{\FLPv}=0$, it follows that the radial velocity is proportional to $1/r$. So the total velocity also increases as $1/r$, and the water goes in along Archimedean spirals. The air-water surface is all at atmospheric pressure, so it must have—from Eq. (40.14)—the property that \begin{equation*} gz+\tfrac{1}{2}v^2=\text{const}. \end{equation*} But $v$ is proportional to $1/r$, so the shape of the surface is \begin{equation*} (z-z_0)=\frac{k}{r^2}. \end{equation*}

An interesting point—which *is not true in general* but is true
for incompressible, irrotational flow—is that if we have one solution
and a second solution, then the sum is also a solution. This is true
because the equations in (40.19) are linear. The complete
equations of hydrodynamics, Eqs.
(40.9), (40.10), and (40.11), are
not linear, which makes a vast difference. For the irrotational flow
about the cylinder, however, we can superpose the flow of
Fig. 40-11(a) on the flow of Fig. 40-11(b) and
get the new flow pattern shown in Fig. 40-11(c). This flow
is of special interest. The flow velocity is higher on the upper side of
the cylinder than on the lower side. The pressures are therefore
*lower* on the *upper* side than on the lower side. So when we
have a combination of a circulation around a cylinder *and* a net
horizontal flow, there is a net *vertical force* on the
cylinder—it is called a *lift force*. Of course, if there is no
circulation, there is no net force on any body according to our theory
of “dry” water.

### 40–5Vortex lines

We have already written down the general equations for the flow of an
incompressible fluid when there may be vorticity. They are
\begin{align*}
\text{I.}&\quad\FLPdiv{\FLPv}=0,\\[1.5ex]
\text{II.}&\quad\FLPOmega=\FLPcurl{\FLPv},\\[1ex]
\text{III.}&\quad\ddp{\FLPOmega}{t}+
\FLPcurl{(\FLPOmega\times\FLPv)}=\FLPzero.
\end{align*}
The physical content of these equations has been described in words by
Helmholtz in terms of three
theorems. First, imagine that in the fluid we were to draw *vortex
lines* rather than streamlines. By vortex lines we mean field lines that
have the direction of $\FLPOmega$ and have a density in any region
proportional to the magnitude of $\FLPOmega$. From II the divergence
of $\FLPOmega$ is *always* zero
(remember—Section 3-7—that the divergence of a curl
is always zero). So vortex lines are like lines of $\FLPB$—they never
start or stop, and will tend to go in closed loops. Now
Helmholtz described III in
words by the following statement: the vortex lines *move with the
fluid*. This means that if you were to mark the fluid particles along
some vortex lines—by coloring them with ink, for example—then as the
fluid moves and carries those particles along, they will always mark the
new positions of the vortex lines. In whatever way the atoms of the
liquid move, the vortex lines move with them. That is one way to
describe the laws.

It also suggests a method for solving any problems. Given the initial flow pattern—say $\FLPv$ everywhere—then you can calculate $\FLPOmega$. From the $\FLPv$ you can also tell where the vortex lines are going to be a little later—they move with the speed $\FLPv$. With the new $\FLPOmega$ you can use I and II to find the new $\FLPv$. (That’s just like the problem of finding $\FLPB$, given the currents.) If we are given the flow pattern at one instant we can in principle calculate it for all subsequent times. We have the general solution for nonviscous flow.

We would like to show how Helmholtz’s statement—and, therefore, III—can
be at least partly understood. It is really just the law of conservation
of angular momentum applied to the fluid. Suppose we imagine a small
cylinder of the liquid whose axis is parallel to the vortex lines, as in
Fig. 40-13(a). At some time later, this *same* piece
of fluid will be somewhere else. Generally it will occupy a cylinder
with a different diameter and be in a different place. It may also have
a different orientation, say as in Fig. 40-13(b). If,
however, the diameter has decreased as shown in Fig. 40-13,
the length will have increased to keep the volume constant (since we are
assuming an incompressible fluid). Also, since the vortex lines are
stuck with the material, their density will go up as the cross-sectional
area goes down. The product of the vorticity $\FLPOmega$ and area $A$ of
the cylinder will remain constant, so according to
Helmholtz, we should have
\begin{equation}
\label{Eq:II:40:21}
\Omega_2A_2=\Omega_1A_1.
\end{equation}

Now notice that with zero viscosity all the forces on the surface of
the cylindrical volume (or *any* volume, for that matter) are
perpendicular to the surface. The pressure forces can cause the volume
to be moved from place to place, or can cause it to change shape; but
with no *tangential* forces the magnitude of the *angular
momentum of the material inside* cannot change. The angular momentum
of the liquid in the little cylinder is its moment of inertia $I$
times the angular velocity of the liquid, which is proportional to the
vorticity $\Omega$. For a cylinder, the moment of inertia is
proportional to $mr^2$. So from the conservation of angular momentum,
we would conclude that
\begin{equation*}
(M_1R_1^2)\,\Omega_1=(M_2R_2^2)\,\Omega_2.
\end{equation*}
But the mass is the same, $M_1=M_2$, and the areas are proportional
to $R^2$, so we get again just Eq. (40.21). Helmholtz’s
statement—which is equivalent to III—is just a consequence of the fact
that in the absence of viscosity the angular momentum of an element of
the fluid cannot change.

There is a nice demonstration of a moving vortex which is made with the simple apparatus of Fig. 40-14. It is a “drum” two feet in diameter and two feet long made by stretching a thick rubber sheet over the open end of a cylindrical “box.” The “bottom”—the drum is tipped on its side—is solid except for a $3$-inch diameter hole. If you give a sharp blow on the rubber diaphragm with your hand, a vortex ring is projected out of the hole. Although the vortex is invisible, you can tell it’s there because it will blow out a candle $10$ to $20$ feet away. By the delay in the effect, you can tell that “something” is travelling at a finite speed. You can see better what is going on if you first blow some smoke into the box. Then you see the vortex as a beautiful round “smoke ring.”

The smoke ring is a torus-shaped bundle of vortex lines, as shown in
Fig. 40-15(a).
Since $\FLPOmega=\FLPcurl{\FLPv}$, these vortex lines
represent also a circulation of $\FLPv$ as shown in part (b) of the
figure. We can understand the forward motion of the ring in the
following way: The circulating velocity around the *bottom* of
the ring extends up to the top of the ring, having there a forward
motion. Since the lines of $\FLPOmega$ move with the fluid, they also
move ahead with the velocity $\FLPv$. (Of course, the circulation
of $\FLPv$ around the top part of the ring is responsible for the forward
motion of the vortex lines at the bottom.)

We must now mention a serious difficulty. We have already noted that
Eq. (40.9) says that, if $\FLPOmega$ is initially zero,
it will always be zero. This result is a great failure of the theory
of “dry” water, because it means that once $\FLPOmega$ is zero it is
*always* zero—it is impossible to *produce* any vorticity
under any circumstance. Yet, in our simple demonstration with the
drum, we can generate a vortex ring starting with air which was
initially at rest. (Certainly, $\FLPv=\FLPzero$, $\FLPOmega=\FLPzero$
everywhere in the box before we hit it.) Also, we all know that we can
start some vorticity in a lake with a paddle. Clearly, we must go to a
theory of “wet” water to get a complete understanding of the
behavior of a fluid.

Another feature of the dry water theory which is incorrect is the supposition we make regarding the flow at the boundary between it and the surface of a solid. When we discussed the flow past a cylinder—as in Fig. 40-11, for example—we permitted the fluid to slide along the surface of the solid. In our theory, the velocity at a solid surface could have any value depending on how it got started, and we did not consider any “friction” between the fluid and the solid. It is an experimental fact, however, that the velocity of a real fluid always goes to zero at the surface of a solid object. Therefore, our solution for the cylinder, with or without circulation, is wrong—as is our result regarding the generation of vorticity. We will tell you about the more correct theories in the next chapter.