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Difference Between Laminar and Turbulent Flow

Difference between Laminar and Turbulent flow:

Laminar and Turbulent flow explains the flow condition of fluid in the pipe/tube, type of fluid flow depends on the velocity of fluid passing through tube/pipe. When the flow of the fluid in the pipe/tube is fast then the flow belongs to turbulent flow and those type of fluid flow has a high Reynolds number and when the flow is steady and slow then it belongs to laminar flow and these types of flow contain less Reynold number than the Turbulent flow.


Laminar Flow is also called a Streamline flow, It explains about the fluid state of flow in the pipe/tube. In laminar flow system, there is a steady flow of fluid in the pipe/tube, which has a Reynold number less than 2000. In this type of flow conditions, the fluid flows in a layer by layer supply and there is less chance of fluid mixing occurs internally in the pipe/tube. This type of flow conditions states the smooth flow and low velocity.


Turbulent Flow is a Irregular Flow, the state of flow in the pipe/tube is uneven. this type of condition take places according to the velocity of fluid flow. Turbulent Flow has higher Reynolds number which is more than 4000.High speed of fluid flow makes the fluid more mixing internally in the pipe/tube. the flow is not constant and steady and flow with high velocity.

Reynolds Number = (Velocity of flow)(Diameter of pipe) / (Kinematic viscosity)

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