Laminar VS Turbulent Flow

Laminar and Turbulent flow are the scientific names that describes how fluids move. Laminar Flow is smooth, slow and ordinarily. Whereas Turbulent flow is rough, irregular and occurs at high velocity (speed). Both of these flow play an important role in our lives, and studying them is important


Laminar Flow

What is Laminar Flow?????

Laminar Flow occurs when fluids travel in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers. It occurs most of the time at low velocity and pressure. This allows fluids to move without wasting energy. For example when the tap is turned on it represents laminar flow, as the fluid (water) is traveling in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers. Below are some examples of Laminar flow.

Turbulent flow

What is Turbulent Flow???

Turbulent flow is the opposite of Laminar flow. Turbulent flow occurs at high velocity or pressure, where mixing or irregular functions occur between the fluid. This type of flow requires a lot of energy, and releases eddies (motion in which fluids travel in a rough circular motion). These motions reduce speed, so most fast moving objects are designed to reduce turbulent flow.

Which one is better????????

Both turbulent and laminar flow are equally important and play vital roles in our life. Imagine that that laminar flow is a knife, and turbulent flow is a hammer. A hammer requires more force than a knife, using brute force to make up for its heavy weight. A knife is nimbler, giving you fast speed, however has less force than a hammer. Both weapons and flows have an important role, neither one being better than the other.