Shear rate

Shear rate

Shear rate is the rate at which a shear is applied.

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Shear rate is defined using the following equation:

dot gamma = frac { u} {h}


*gamma = The shear rate, measured in reciprocal seconds
* u = The velocity, measured in metres per second
*h = The distance between the two parallel faces that are experiencing the shear.

Or,dot gamma_{ij}=frac {partial v_i} {partial x_j} + frac{partial v_j} {partial x_i}

For the simple shear case, it is just a gradient of velocity in a flowing material. The SI unit of measurement for shear rate is sec-1, expressed as "reciprocal seconds" or "inverse seconds."Cite web
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For a Newtonian fluid wall Shear stress ( au_{w}) can be related to shear rate by au_{w} = {dot gamma_{x} mu}, where mu is the Viscosity of the fluid. For Non-Newtonian fluids, there are different constitutive laws depending on the fluid, which relates the stress tensor to the shear rate tensor.


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