Laminar Flow vs. Turbulent Flow

Laminar Flow vs Turbulent Flow – What are the differences?

Fluid flows can be split into two different types: laminar flows and turbulent flow. In today’s article, we will cover the difference between laminar flows and turbulent flow.

What is Laminar Flow?

Laminar flow occurs when fluid runs in a smooth parallel layer without disruption between the layers. At low speed, the fluid will flow without mixing, creating the illusion of the fluid frozen in motion. Laminar flow is not limited to fluids but also extends to gases.

Laboratory and universities achieve laminar flow using a Laminar Flow Hood where gas travels for some distance through a series of parallel small tubes to protect samples from airborne contamination where a sterile environment is required.

What is Turbulent Flow?

Unlike a smooth motionless flow, turbulent flow travels in a wild motion. This chaotic motion creates an unsteady flow caused by the influx speed at which the fluid is traveling.

Laminar Flow vs. Turbulent Flow Diagram

Laminar Flow vs. Turbulent Flow Diagram

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