The Ohnesorge number (Oh) is a dimensionless number that relates the viscous forces to inertial and surface tension forces. The number was defined by Wolfgang von Ohnesorge in his 1936 doctoral thesis.
It is defined as:
- μ is the liquid viscosity
- ρ is the liquid density
- σ is the surface tension
- L is the characteristic length scale (typically drop diameter)
- Re is the Reynolds number
- We is the Weber number
The Ohnesorge number for a 3 mm diameter rain drop is typically ~0.002. Larger Ohnesorge numbers indicate a greater influence of the viscosity.
- Laplace number - There is an inverse relationship, , between the Laplace number and the Ohnesorge number. It is more historically correct to use the Ohnesorge number, but often mathematically neater to use the Laplace number.
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