Types Of Flow

Laminar and Turbulent Flow

What are the two main fluids?

There are many different types of flow in the world that describes fluids flow, but the two main flows scientists and engineers use to analyze products are: Laminar and Turbulent flow.

What is Laminar Flow?

Laminar flow is when the fluids move in orderly lines, and has a smooth pattern of flow. For example, the water in a hose has laminar flow, because the fluid moves smoothly; since there isn't anything blocking its path to flow, which creates turbulence. Laminar flow also, allows fluids to move quickly with less energy.

Daniel Bernouilli (1700-1782) was an expert in medicine, animals, plants, physics and mathematics. He showed that as water or another liquid flows from a wide pipe into a narrower one, the speed of flow becomes faster; and the liquid also has less pressure. This effect is known as the Bernouilli's principal. It is used in many kinds of engineering and technology, such as the design of aircraft wings, so they provide a lifting force as they move through the air.

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What is Turbulent Flow?

Turbulent flow is an irregular flow, with a mixing flow pattern; there are different currents and pathways of fluids, normally rough and choppy. It can cause many eddies, which can trouble the speed of the fluids flow, because there are different currents being mixed together. Turbulent flow makes the object that is flowing, move more slower. For example, water flowing over rocks has turbulent flow because the rocks is blocking the fluids way to flow, so the water has to go around the rocks, which creates turbulence.

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