Reynolds Number

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Dimensionless Numbers

reynolds number 1Reynolds 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 Range

Laminar flow = up to Re = 2300

Transition flow = 2300 < Re < 4000

Turbulent flow = Re > 4000

 

Reynolds Number formulas

\(\large{ Re = \frac{ internal \; force }{ viscous \; force }  }\)   
\(\large{ Re = \frac{ \rho \; v \; l_c }{ \mu }  }\)  
\(\large{ Re = \frac{ v \; l_c }{ \nu }  }\)  
\(\large{ Re = \frac{ U \; l_c }{ \mu }  }\)  
\(\large{ Re = \frac{ \bar {v}  \; d  \; \rho}{ \mu }  }\)  
\(\large{ Re = \frac{ \bar {v}  \; d }{ \nu }  }\)  
\(\large{ Re = \frac{ 4 \; Q }{ \pi  \; d \;  \bar {v} }  }\)  

Where:

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

\(\large{ \bar {v}  }\) = average velocity

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

\(\large{ U }\) = characteristic velocity

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

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

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

\(\large{ \pi }\) = Pi

\(\large{ d }\) = pipe inside diameter

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

\(\large{ Q }\) = volumetric flow rate

 

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