Capillary Number

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Dimensionless Numbers

Capillary number, abbreviated as Ca, a dimensionless number, representing the relative effect of viscous forces against the surface tension between a liquid/gas or liquid/liquid interface.  It is the ratio of viscous forces to surface tension forces.


Capillary number calculator

Capillary number formula

\(\large{ Ca = \frac { \mu \; v }  { \sigma } }\)   


\(\large{ Ca }\) = Capillary number

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

\(\large{ \sigma }\)  (Greek symbol sigma) = shear tension

\(\large{ v }\) = velocity of fluid



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