## Flow Regime

From a practical engineering point of view the flow regime can be categorized according to **several criteria**.

**All fluid flow** is classified into one of two broad categories or regimes. These two flow regimes are:

**Single-phase Fluid Flow****Multi-phase Fluid Flow**(or**Two-phase Fluid Flow**)

This is a **basic classification**. All of the fluid flow equations (e.g. **Bernoulli’s Equation**) and relationships that were discussed in this section (Fluid Dynamics) were derived for the flow of a **single phase** of fluid whether liquid or vapor. Solution of multi-phase fluid flow is **very complex and difficult** and therefore it is usually in advanced courses of fluid dynamics.

Another usually more common classification of **flow regimes** is according to the shape and type of **streamlines**. All fluid flow is classified into one of two broad categories. The fluid flow can be either laminar or turbulent and therefore these two categories are:

**Laminar Flow****Turbulent Flow**

**Laminar flow** is characterized by **smooth** or in **regular paths** of particles of the fluid. Therefore the laminar flow is also referred to as **streamline or viscous flow**. In contrast to laminar flow, **turbulent flow** is characterized by the **irregular movement** of particles of the fluid. The turbulent fluid does not flow in parallel layers, the lateral mixing is very high, and there is a disruption between the layers. **Most industrial flows**, especially those in nuclear engineering **are turbulent**.

The flow regime can be also classified according to the **geometry of a conduit** or flow area. From this point of view, we distinguish:

**Internal Flow****External Flow**

**Internal flow** is a flow for which the fluid is confined by a surface. Detailed knowledge of behaviour of internal flow regimes is **of importance in engineering**, because circular pipes can withstand high pressures and hence are used to convey liquids. On the other hand, **external flow** is such a flow in which boundary layers develop freely, without constraints imposed by adjacent surfaces. Detailed knowledge of behaviour of **external flow** regimes is **of importance especially in aeronautics** and **aerodynamics**.