How to Calculate and Solve for Viscosity of Newtonian Fluids | Rheology

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To compute for viscosity of newtonian fluids, two essential parameters are needed and these parameters are Shear Stress (ζ) and Shear Rate (γ).

The formula for calculating viscosity of newtonian fluids:

η = ζ / γ

Where:

η = Viscosity of Newtonian Fluids
ζ = Shear Stress
γ = Shear Rate

Let’s solve an example;
Find the viscosity of newtonian fluids when the shear stress is 15 and the shear rate is 5.

This implies that;

ζ = Shear Stress = 15
γ = Shear Rate = 5

η = ζ / γ
η = 15 / 5
η = 3

Therefore, the viscosity of newtonian fluids is 3.

Calculating for Shear Stress when the Newtonian Fluids and the Shear Rate is Given.

ζ = η x γ

Where;

ζ = Shear Stress
η = Viscosity of Newtonian Fluids
γ = Shear Rate

Let’s solve an example;
Find the shear stress when the newtonian fluids is 20 and the shear rate is 4.

This implies that;

η = Viscosity of Newtonian Fluids = 20
γ = Shear Rate = 4

ζ = η x γ
ζ = 20 x 4
ζ = 80

Therefore, the shear stress is 80.

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