Difference between revisions of "Viscous drag"

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<math> F_{drag} = -6\pi a \eta v</math>
 
<math> F_{drag} = -6\pi a \eta v</math>
  
where a is the radius of the sphere, \eta is the viscosity of the fluid the sphere is in and v is the velocity of the sphere.
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where a is the radius of the sphere, η is the viscosity of the fluid the sphere is in and v is the velocity of the sphere.

Latest revision as of 19:20, 4 November 2009

If an object moves slowly through a liquid, it will experience a viscous drag which is approximately proportional to the velocity. For a sphere falling through a liquid in a velocity regime where viscosity is the dominant effect and turbulence can be neglected, the viscous drag is

<math> F_{drag} = -6\pi a \eta v</math>

where a is the radius of the sphere, η is the viscosity of the fluid the sphere is in and v is the velocity of the sphere.