What is Laminar Flow

Laminar flow is a topic discussed in fluid dynamics, laminar flow is the type of flow in which the fluid particles flow in straight lines without disrupting the adjacent lines. Laminar flow especially shows its effect when the fluid is flowing in a low velocity. Each like of flowing particles act like sheets and slide past each other like playing cards.

Two Types of Flow

Depending on the movement of all the different lines of a fluid, fluid flow can be divided into two types, laminar flow (just explained above) and turbulent flow.

When any liquid flows between two closely placed flat surfaces or a pipe all of its particles exhibit their properties. The flow depends on the velocity, viscosity and certain other properties of the fluid being studied. Laminar flow can only happen if the fluid is constantly flowing at a low velocity, above that speed, the fluid becomes turbulent. Lateral mixing can be observed in turbulent flow, where the particles of a fluid flow in small packets.

In short, we can say that:

“Laminar flow is smooth, while turbulent flow is rough”

Applications of Laminar Flow

Laminar flow has various applications in our daily lives without us even noticing it. Here are some usage cases of laminar flow in the industry.

  • Laminar flow is currently being used in the industry to prevent different contaminants from entering certain areas. Air is separated due to its laminar flow, this creates a barrier and prevents different types of air from mixing.
  • Many hood manufacturers in the industry use laminar of air to prevent harmful chemical gases and microorganisms from entering into sensitive scientific research areas.
  • In commercial buildings and stores, air curtains are usually applied to prevent the cooled interior air from escaping the area.

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