Newton's Law of Viscosity

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Newton's law of viscosity states that shear stress between adjacent fluid layers is porportional to the velocity gradients between the two layers.  The ratio of shear stress to shear rate is a constant for a given temperature and pressure.


Newton's Law of Viscosity formula

\(\large{ \tau = \mu\; \frac {d \nu}{dy}  }\) 
Symbol English Metric
\(\large{ \tau }\)  (Greek symbol tau) = shear stress \(\large{ \frac{lbf}{in^2} }\)  \(\large{ Pa }\) 
\(\large{ \mu }\)  (Greek symbol mu) = dynamic viscosity \(\large{\frac{lbf-sec}{ft^2}}\) \(\large{ Pa-s }\)
\(\large{ \frac {d \nu}{dy} }\) = rate of shear deformation \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\)  \(\large{\frac{m}{s}}\) 

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