Reynolds Number

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Dimensionless Numbers

Reynolds number, abbreviated as Re, is a dimensionless number that measures the ratio of inertial forces (forces that remain at rest or in uniform motion) to viscosity forces (the resistance to flow).      

Reynolds Number formula

\(\large{ Re = \frac{ \rho \; v \; l_c }{ \mu }  }\)  

\(\large{ Re = \frac{ v \; l_c }{ \nu }  }\)


\(\large{ Re }\) = Reynolds number

\(\large{ l_c }\) = characteristic length or diameter of fluid flow

\(\large{ \rho }\)  (Greek symbol rho) = density of fluid

\(\large{ \mu }\)  (Greek symbol mu)  = dynamic viscosity

\(\large{ \nu }\)  (Greek symbol nu) = kinematic viscosity

\(\large{ v }\) = velocity of fluid


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