Viscosity Coefficient

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Fluid Dynamics

Viscosity coefficient, abbreviated as \(\eta\) (Greek symbol eta), also called coefficient of viscosity, is the tangential friction force required to preserve a unit velocity gradient between two parallel layers of liquid of unit area.  The greater the coefficient of viscosity the greater the force required to move the layers at a velocity.


Viscosity Coefficient formula

\(\large{  \eta = \frac { F_t \; l } { A \; v }  }\)   


\(\large{ \eta }\)  (Greek symbol eta) = viscosity coefficient

\(\large{ A }\) = area

\(\large{ l }\) = distance between the layers

\(\large{ F_t }\) = tangential force

\(\large{ v }\) = velocity

Solve for:

\(\large{ F_t = \eta \; \frac { A \; v } { l }  }\)   

Tags: Equations for Coefficient Equations for Viscosity