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Dimensional Analysis

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Homework Statement


It is found the terminal velocity ut of a spherical particle in a fluid depends upon the diameter d of particle, the dynamic viscosity μ of fluid and the buoyancy weight W of the particle [given by the difference in density between the particle and the fluid (∆ρ) × gravitational acceleration (g)]. Determine the nature of the relationship between these variables.


Homework Equations



The Attempt at a Solution

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I'm not quite sure if I'm on the right track and where to go next from here? Any guidance or a nudge in the right direction would be appreciated. I can't help but think I have gone slightly wrong due to the number of indices to solve for.
 

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Perhaps you should make the weight a single term? That is, treat ∆ρ⋅g as one term. That, after all, is how it is described in the problem statement.
 
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Thank you. That was a big help. I obviously missed taking ∆ρ⋅g as W and got stuck in a rut. The end equation I've now determined to be as per Stokes law.

Many thanks.
 

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