Monthly Archives: January 2015

Couette Flow 3: Turbulence

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Laminar Flow is characterised by adjacent layers sliding past one another like playing cards. In fluid dynamics, laminar flow (or streamline flow) occurs when a fluid flows in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers. At low velocities, the … Continue reading

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Solar Wind Turbines

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Turbines are used to extract rotational energy from moving fluids. A turbine is a rotary mechanical device that extracts energy from a fluid flow and converts it into useful work. A turbine is a turbomachine with at least one moving … Continue reading

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Settled Science: Going Round in Circles

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Settled Science tells us a gyroscopes is based on “the principles of angular momentum”. A gyroscope is a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principles of angular momentum. Settled Science also tells us that “angular momentum” … Continue reading

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Dynamic Aeroelasticity

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Aeroelastic phenomena occur when an object encounters a fluid at speed. The speed involved in the encounter may be associated with the object and/or the flow. Aeroelastic problems have “plagued” the development of aeronautics. The 2nd failure of Samuel … Continue reading

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1905: Annus Mirabilis

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary the Latin phrase Annus Mirabilis [“year of miracles”] first appeared in English text in a poem that commemorated the events of 1665-6. Annus Mirabilis is a poem written by John Dryden published in 1667. … Continue reading

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Engineer Through the Looking Glass

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Eric Laithwaite was a “talented engineering maverick” and professor of heavy electrical engineering at Imperial College [1964-1986] who developed the linear induction motor and maglev rail system. Eric Roberts Laithwaite (14 June 1921 – 27 November 1997) was a British … Continue reading

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Couette Flow 2: Laminar Flow

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The preamble continues because an understanding Couette Flow requires a more advanced understanding of Fluid Dynamics than just the basic concepts of Viscosity and Reynolds Numbers. The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation … Continue reading

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Peak Oil Revisited

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Back in May 2011 Roger Tallbloke was buzzing about “a nuclear reaction which leaves no waste”. The nuclear world is all abuzz over this invention. A nuclear reaction which leaves no waste. It uses a catalyst (possibly aluminium) and a … Continue reading

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An Avalanche of Glaciologists

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The English language has a rich and diverse vocabulary which includes a profusion of collective-nouns for animals. Geese, for example, are collectively called a gaggle when they are not flying and a skein when they are in flight. But the … Continue reading

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Kudryavtsev’s Rule

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Nikolai Alexandrovich Kudryavtsev [1893 – 1971] was a Russian petroleum geologist who is considered the founding father of the modern abiogenic theory for petroleum. Nikolai Kudryavtsev was also a prominent and forceful advocate of the abiogenic theory. He argued that … Continue reading

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The Great Game

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The Great Game was invented by the British. “The Great Game” was a term for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia. The classic Great Game period is generally … Continue reading

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The Hubbert Inheritance

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The Settled Science of geology incorporates the quaint notion that the Earth’s petroleum deposits were formed via the “anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms”. Western mainstream petroleum geologists accordingly classify petroleum as a “fossil fuel” [aka decomposed dinosaur detritus] because … Continue reading

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