Terminal velocity and drag coefficient for spherical particles

Haim Kalman, Erez Matana

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Empirical correlations and experimental works relating the drag coefficient (CD) of spheres to the Reynolds number (Re) and Re to the Archimedes number (Ar) were reviewed with a focus on the correlations applicable to the entire Re range. In addition, experiments with various spherical particles and fluids for the entire range of Re were conducted using high-speed video and added to the literature data. One of the correlations from the literature for Re-Ar and a modified correlation for CD–Re were found to best fit the experimental results. The analysis also established new correlations for Re–Ha (a non-dimensional number for velocity not including particle size) and CD–Ar. The latter is easier to use than the common CD–Re curve.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)181-190
Number of pages10
JournalPowder Technology
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Archimedes number
  • Drag coefficient
  • Reynolds number
  • Spherical particles
  • Terminal velocity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering


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