Prandtl number

From Glossary of Meteorology



Prandtl number

The nondimensional ratio between the product of heat advection and viscous forces and the product of heat diffusion and inertial forces in a given fluid.

It may be given as
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where Cp is the specific heat at constant pressure, μ the dynamic viscosity, and k the thermal conductivity. The Prandtl number may also be defined as the ratio of the Reynolds to the Péclet numbers, or as the ratio of kinematic viscosity to thermometric conductivity.