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Material Viscosity Table

Viscosity Table of Common Materials

Viscosity refers to the flowing or non-flowing property of a substance. Any fluid has a viscosity. The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to shear forces. It is reflected in the initial and continuing flowing stages. For example, the fluid of high viscosity needs more power to flow than the one of low viscosity. Fluid viscosity is related to temperature.

Common measurement units of viscosity are poise (P), centipoise (cP), and pascal-second (Pa·s). The conversion between these units is as follows.
1 P=100 cP, 1 cP=1 mPa·s, 1000 mPa·s = 1 Pa·s

With the viscosity of 1 cP, water flows easily. The viscosity of common substances is listed below.
Water: 1 cP
Milk: 3 cP
Vegetable oil: 34 cP
Tomato sauce: 176 cP
Glycerin: 880 cP
Molasses: 1760 cP
Glue: 3000 cP
Syrup: 8640 cP
Sour cream: 15200 cP

Liquid medium Absolute viscosity (cP) Temperature (℃) Liquid medium Absolute viscosity (cP) Temperature (℃)
Water 1 20 Pear syrup 4000 70
Air 0.0178 20 Concentrated orange juice 30Brix 630 21
Alcohol 1.2 20 Concentrated orange juice 30Brix 91 79
CTC 0.9 20 Concentrated orange juice 50Brix 2410 21
Benzene 0.6 20 Salad dressing 1300-2600 19
Ether 0.2 20 Ketchup 1000 29
Yogurt 152 40 Tomato paste 30% 195 19
Egg 150 4 Yeast slurry 20 19
Milk 3 18 Cooking oil 65 21
Whey (48% sugar) 180-1500 38 Cough syrup 190 29
Cream (30% fat) 14 16 Detergent 1470 20
Cream (40% fat) 48 16 Face cream 10000 21
Cream (50% fat) 112 16 Hair oil 5000 21
Cream (50% fat) 55 32 Emulsion 200 21
Beer 1.1 4.5 Shampoo 3000 35
Chocolate 17000 49 Soap solution 82 60
Chocolate milk 280 49 Glue 3000 22
Glucose 4300-8600 75-85 Glycerin 1500 20
Juice 55-75 19 Medium invert syrup 2400 20
Honey 3000 20 180# heavy oil 180 20

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