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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate

>> Viscosity

Group Members Aqsan Naveed Ahmad Sattar Umer Zahid Mohsin Mahmood

Aqsam Naveed

>>> Definition


is an internal property of a fluid that offers resistance to flow.

The resistance of a substance to flow. For example, water has a lower viscosity than molasses and flows more easily. Viscosity is related to the concept of

shear force

It can be understood as the effect of different layers of the fluid exerting shearing force on each other, or on other surfaces, as they move against each other.

Types of “


Dynamic (absolute) Viscosity It is the tangential force per unit area required to move one horizontal plane with respect to the other at unit velocity when maintained a unit distance apart by the fluid.

The shearing stress between the layers of non turbulent fluid moving in straight parallel lines can be defined for a Newtonian fluid

• • • The dynamic or absolute viscosity can be expressed like

τ = μ dc/dy (1) where

• •

τ = shearing stress μ = dynamic viscosity

• Equation (1) is known as the

Newtons Law of Friction


• In the SI system

Pa s


kg/m s

the dynamic viscosity units are where

N s/m2

, •

1 Pa s = 1 N s/m2 = 1 kg/m s

• The dynamic viscosity is also often expressed in the metric CGS (centimeter-gram-second) system as

g/cm.s, dyne.s/cm2


poise (p)

where •

1 poise = dyne s/cm2 = g/cm s = 1/10 Pa s

• For practical use the


is to large and it's usual divided by


into the smaller unit called the

centiPoise (cP)

where •

1 p = 100 cP

• Water at

68.4oF (20.2oC)

one -

1 - centiPoise


has an absolute viscosity of

Kinematic Viscosity

• • • is the ratio of absolute or dynamic viscosity to density - a quantity in which no force is involved. Kinematic viscosity can be obtained by dividing the absolute viscosity of a fluid with it's mass density

ν = μ / ρ (2) where

• •

ν = kinematic viscosity μ = absolute or dynamic viscosity

• •

ρ = density

• In the SI-system the theoretical unit is m2/s or commonly used

Stoke (St)


1 St = 10-4 m2/s

• • • Since the


is an unpractical large unit, it is usual divided by


to give the unit called

Centistokes (cSt)


1 St = 100 cSt 1 cSt = 10-6 m2/s

• Since the specific gravity of water at

68.4oF (20.2oC)

is almost

one (1)

, the kinematic viscosity of water at


is for all practical purposes

1.0 cSt.

Viscosity and Reference Temperatures

• The viscosity of a fluid is highly temperature dependent and for either dynamic or kinematic viscosity to be meaningful, the

reference temperature

must be quoted. In ISO 8217 the reference temperature for a residual fluid is


. For a distillate fluid the reference temperature is



• For a liquid - the kinematic viscosity will


with higher temperature • For a gas - the kinematic viscosity will


with higher temperature

Comparison of temperaturedependent

• viscosities – Gas: oxygen • Increase with temperature • Liquid: aniline – Decrease with temperature

Other Commonly used Viscosity Units

Saybolt Universal Seconds (or SUS, SSU)

• Saybolt Universal Seconds (or


) is used to measure viscosity. The efflux time is Saybolt Universal Seconds (


) required for 60 milliliters of a petroleum product to flow through the calibrated orifice of a Saybolt Universal viscometer, under carefully controlled temperature and as prescribed by test method ASTM D 88. This method has largely been replaced by the kinematic viscosity method. Saybolt Universal Seconds is also called the

SSU number (Seconds Saybolt Universal)


SSF number (Saybolt Seconds Furol)


• • • • • Kinematic viscosity versus dynamic or absolute viscosity can be expressed as

ν = 4.63 μ / SG (3) where ν = kinematic vicosity (SSU) μ = dynamic or absolute viscosity (cP)

Degree Engler

• Degree Engler is used in Great Britain as a scale to measure kinematic viscosity. Unlike the Saybolt and Redwood scales, the Engler scale is based on comparing a flow of the substance being tested to the flow of another substance water. Viscosity in Engler degrees is the ratio of the time of a flow of time of flow of

200 cubic centimetres 200 cubic centimeters

of the fluid whose viscosity is being measured - to the of water at the same temperature (usually


but sometimes

50oC or 100oC

) in a standardized Engler viscosity meter.

Example - Converting between Kinematic and Absolute Viscosity for Air

• • • • • Kinematic viscosity of air at

1 bar (105 Pa, N/m2)


40oC cSt (16.97 10-6 m2/s)


• The density of air estimated with the Ideal Gas Law

ρ = p / R T where ρ = density (kg/m3) p = absolute pressure (Pa, N/m2)

• • • •

R = individual gas constant (J/kg K)

T = absolute temperature (K) ρ = (105 N/m2) / ((287 J/kg/K) (273 oC + 33 0C)

= 1.113 kg/m3

• Absolute viscosity can be expressed as

μ = (1.113 kg/m3) (16.97 10-6 m2/s) = 1.88 10-5 (kg/m s, Ns/m2, P)




Different types of Viscosity

Shear-thickening liquids

-low viscosity when stirred slowly, but viscosity increases when mixed quickly

Shear thinning liquids

-high viscosity when mixed slowly, easier to mix quickly

Bingham liquids

-at low stress behaves like a solid, high stress behaves like a liquid

Granular materials

-like Bingham, but do not have a well-defined viscosity

Types of Fluid on Viscosity Basis

Newtonian Fluids

Non-Newtonian Fluids


Newtonian Fluids

• Fluids for which the shearing stress is linearly related to the rate of shearing strain are designated as

Newtonian Fluids.

• Newtonian materials are referred to as true liquids since their viscosity or consistency is not affected by shear such as agitation or pumping at a constant temperature. Fortunately most common fluids, both liquids and gases, are Newtonian. Water and oils are examples of Newtonian liquids.

Shear-thinning or Pseudoplastic Liquids



pseudoplastic liquids

are those whose apparent viscosity decreases with increasing shear rate. Their structure is time-independent.

Pseudoplastic Liquids


Thixotropic Fluids

Thixotropic liquids

have a time dependent structure. The apparent viscosity of a thixotropic liquid decreases with increasing time, at a constant shear rate.

• Ketchup and mayonnaise are examples of thixotropic materials. They appear thick or viscous but are possible to pump quite easily.

Dilatant Fluids

Shear Thickening Fluids


Dilatant Fluids

increase their viscosity with agitation. Some of these liquids can become almost solid within a pump or pipe line. With agitation, cream becomes butter and Candy compounds, clay slurries and similar heavily filled liquids do the same thing.

Dilatant Fluids

Starch in Water

Bingham Plastic Fluids

Bingham Plastic Fluids

have a yield value which must be exceeded before it will start to flow like a fluid. From that point the viscosity will decrease with increase of agitation. Toothpaste, mayonnaise and tomato catsup are examples of such products.

Bingham Plastic Fluids

Coal Tar

Viscosity and Specific Gravity of some Common Liquids

Viscosity and Temperature

• Kinematic viscosity of liquids like water, mercury, oils SAE 10 and oil no. 3 - and gases like air, hydrogen and helium are indicated below. Note that • for liquids viscosity decreases with temperature • for gases viscosity increases with temperature

Umer Zahid

Measurement of viscosity

• Measure flow in thepresence of agradient of speed • Poiseuille’s formulafor flow through acylindrical tubesubject to apressure drop


Types of Viscometers

• Redwood Viscometer • Engler Viscometer • Saybolt Viscometer • Ostwald viscometer • Falling-ball viscometer


• A standard British-type viscometer in which the viscosity is determined by the time, in seconds.

• Required for a certain quantity of liquid to pass out through the orifice under given conditions • It is used for determining viscosities of petroleum oils.


• The inner cylinder is filled to the marker level and the outer cylinder filled so as to have sufficient height to give good heat transfer. • The first reading is taken by removing the stopper from the orifice. The recorded values were the water and test liquid temperatures and the time to collect say 50cc of the liquid being recorded.


• The collected 50cc of liquid must be put back into the inner cylinder and the used cylinder inverted to empty completely.

• The level of the sample is checked as, if more of the liquid is needed it would be added. The temperature is then raised and the agitator is used again continuously. This is done until the liquid is brought within 1 degree of the water temperature. The same parameters were again measured. This procedure is repeated for 5 samples in total (at least).

Engler Viscometer

• An instrument used in the measurement of the degree Engler, a measure of viscosity; the kinematic viscosity ν in stokes for this instrument is obtained from the equation ν = 0.00147




, where


is the efflux time in seconds. -


Saybolt viscometer

• It is Used to determine the viscosity of petroleum products at specified temperatures between 70 to 210 °F. • Stainless steel made, the Saybolt viscometer is supplied complete with two interchangeable orifices Furol and Universal, oil bath, electric heater with digital thermoregulator, stirrer, cooling coil, viscosity flask. • Thermometers are not included and must be ordered separately


Ostwald viscometer

• Need a small-diameter tube (capillary) • Measure time of flow of a specific volume through the capillary • Constant pressure drop across the capillary • Use Poiseuille’s equation to calculate viscosity • Must be calibrated with a known material

Equation for measurement

Falling-ball viscometer

• Measure the terminal velocity of a ball falling in a fluid • Use Stokes Law for the viscous drag to determine viscosity


Latest digital viscometers



• Continuous monitoring of viscosity, and temperature • Two 4-20mA outputs for remote recording • Two analog outputs and RS485 communication • Compact, explosion-proof systemt • Automatic self-cleaning • Readout in centipoises, cSt, or SSU • Optional LCD display



Mohsin Mahmood

Viscosity Application

Oil and Gas

Drilling for oil and gas requires sensitive viscosity instrumentation, especially at low shear rates, to insure that production is optimized.


• Field viscosity measurements on drilling and fracturing fluids are required to predict flow performance under the extremely low.

Industrial Application

• Viscosity measurement is really important for industry.

• For correct pump selection careful viscosity measurements are taken


• For the transport and storing facilities for fluids i.e pipes, tanks

Why Measuring Viscosity is Important For Many Industries

• Nearly all fluids (with the notable exception of the liquid form of the helium isotopes helium-3 and helium-4) have some degree of resistance to flow, with the measurement being used to determine the degree of viscosity on a spectrum ranging from no stress resistance (called an ideal liquid) to total resistance.


• Since the temperature of a liquid and its viscosity are correlated, a viscosimeter or viscometer must be used in carefully temperature controlled conditions to produce accurate results.


• Even a small change in temperature can have enough of an effect to negatively impact the outcome of a quality control test or production process.


• Therefore to maintain quality of product, viscosity is measured step to step at industries

Industrial Viscometer