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Dimensionless numbers in fluid mechanics

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Dimensionless numbers in fluid mechanics are a set of dimensionless quantities that have an important role in the behaviour of fluids.

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Diffusive Numbers in Transport Phenomena

The classical numbers in transport phenomena of mass, momentum, and energy are principally analyzed by the ratio of effective diffusivities in each transport mechanism. The six dimensionless numbers give the relative strengths of the different phenomena of inertia, viscosity, conductive heat transport, and mass transport.

Droplet formation

Droplet formation mostly depends on momentum, viscosity and surface tension. In inkjet printing for example, an ink with a too high Ohnesorge number would not jet properly, and an ink with a too low Ohnesorge number would be jetted with many satellite drops.

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All numbers are dimensionless quantities. See other article for extensive list of dimensionless quantities. Certain dimensionless quantities of some importance to fluid mechanics are given below:

References

Dimensionless numbers in fluid mechanics Wikipedia


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