Wedgewood, Lewis E. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.
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- Video example of viscosity
- Shear viscosity
- Newton's law of viscosity
- Units and data
- Molecular origins
- Complex fluid behavior
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The material property that measures a fluid's resistance to flowing. For example, water flows from a tilted jar more quickly and easily than honey does. Honey is more viscous than water, so although gravity creates nearly the same stresses in honey and water, the more viscous fluid flows more slowly. The video below demonstrates honey’s high viscosity. See also: Gravitation; Water
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