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Viscosity refers to the fluid’s resistance in its ability to move. A high-viscosity (or “thick”) liquid flows much slower than a low viscosity (or “thin”) liquid. his can be seen with the speed of oil’s flow compared to the one of water when they’re both at the same temperature.
When dealing with fluids in manufacturing, understanding their viscosity is crucial for various reasons: quality control, possible overheating, preamature wear of the parts, leakages, etc. having the right viscosity is key for the succsful operation of a machine.
A viscometer (also known as the viscosimeter) is a tool utilized to determine the substance’s viscosity. In the case of liquids with viscosities that differ according to the flow conditions, the instrument known as a Rheometer is typically used. This is why a Rheometer may be described as a distinct kind of viscometer. Viscometers are only able to measure in one flow state.