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Homework Help: Fluid dynamics: Reynolds Number, Drag Constant

  1. Dec 27, 2014 #1
    I completed 4a successfully, and with 4b, i have 2 queries:
    a)why can't I let Reynolds # equal to 2.19 x 10^5 (from part a) then simply sub v=4 instead of 5m/s and rearrange for viscosity? I tried it this way first and got a very wrong answer. Why do we, essentially, need to work backwards to get the dynamic viscosity?
    b)How do they find the reynolds number from the drag constant? I know they used the table but how?

    Below is proof of my workings, and i have screen shotted the question and the answer workings as well.

    Relevant equations are

    F (drag)= drag constant (Cd) x pi/4 x d^2 x density fluid x velocity^2 x 1/2

    Reynolds number= (density of fluid x diameter of spehere x velocity)/viscosity

    F (drag) = Weight- Buoyancy
    = pi/6 x d^3 x gravity x (density of sphere-density of fluid)

    kinematic viscosity= dynamic viscoity/ density

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  3. Dec 28, 2014 #2

    Because the velocity also appears in the ##\rho v^2/2## term. So here, it does not appear in combination with the dynamic viscosity.
    You either plot the relationship on a graph, and use the graph (preferrably a log-log plot) to get the reynolds number, or you interpolate (preferrably logarithmically) in the table.

  4. Jan 2, 2015 #3
    Thanks Chet, I also realized that Reynolds number will not be the same due to a variation in the drag constant. So we cannot use the same Reynolds number as the first part
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