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Fluid Mechanics & How it Relates to Mechanical Engineering

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  • Hydraulic Turbines: Definition and Basics
    Hydraulic Turbines transfer the energy from a flowing fluid to a rotating shaft. A turbine is something that rotates or spins. Learn more about how Hydraulic Turbines work in this article.
  • Powering the Alaska Pipeline
    The Alaska Pipeline runs from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez; a distance of 800 miles, and has been transporting local crude oil since 1977, using up to ten pumps. About half of the insulated, large diameter pipeline is supported above ground by specially designed supports, with the remainder being buried.
  • Six Important Components of Hydroelectric Power Plants
    This article describes the most important components of hydroelectric power plants and how they work to convert energy from water into electric energy. The most important part of the hydroelectric power plant is the dam, which acts as the water reservoir.
  • Advantages of Pneumatics over Hydraulics
    Despite the immense capabilities of hydraulics presented in terms of moving higher loads and in other industrial utilization, pneumatics are still in wide use today. The article discusses some applications and advantages of pneumatics in industry.
  • Lubricant Properties for a Gearbox – Part 2
    This article deals with the properties in a lubricant needed for the satisfactory performance of a gearbox. The various characteristics of the lubricant are discussed in detail here.
  • Reusing Compression Connectors
    Reusing compression fittings/ connectors are highly recommended in hydraulic process assembly. They are used in both high and low pressure applications. The reusable connectors are ETP copper, compression fittings, RTJ, bull rings, bulkhead, adapters and cap fittings. Some can not be reused like
  • How to Predict the Start of Vortex Shedding
    How do you predict the start of vortex shedding in fluid flow? Using a vortex shedding frequency formula you can predict when it will occur.
  • Extended Storage of Synthethic Motor Oils
    The shelf life of synthetic motor oil is an important issue that needs to be deliberated accordingly. The motor oils retain their chemical properties if the oil is properly stored. Efficient oil storage protects the oil, and consequently increases its shelf life.
  • Aircraft Hydraulic Engineers
    The job of an aircraft hydraulic engineer is among the most interesting. Find out what the qualifications, responsibilities and working conditions are.
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