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Understanding fluid properties that are either Newtonian or Non-newtonian impacts the sizing and selection of pump equipment.
At Crane Engineering, our Application Engineers and Sales team understand that viscosity impacts the pump and sizing for Sanitary, Industrial, Water and Wastewater, Pulp & Paper, and Tissue applications.
Let our experts add clarity to one of the most commonly asked questions, which is, "what is the difference between Newtonian or Non-newtonian fluids?"
All fluids can be broken down into two basic types, Newtonian, and non-Newtonian.
A Newtonian fluid's viscosity remains constant, no matter the amount of shear applied for a constant temperature. These fluids have a linear relationship between viscosity and shear stress.
You can probably guess that non-Newtonian fluids are the opposite of Newtonian fluids. When shear is applied, the viscosity of non-Newtonian fluids decreases or increases, depending on the fluid. The behavior of the fluid can be described in one of four ways:
This chart shows how viscosity changes with respect to the amount of shear or stress applied to the fluid.
This chart shows how viscosity changes in respect to shear applied over time to the fluid.
Why do you need to know the difference? It's important to fully understand the properties of the fluids you're transferring, mixing, or pumping because viscosity plays a major role in sizing and selecting equipment. Understanding how it reacts to shear will help you properly size and select all the equipment it touches.
Here's a brief video to recap:
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