# Prandtl number

The Prandtl number is defined as

$Pr = \frac{\mu C_p}{k}$

where

• $\mu$ is the dynamic viscosity coefficient
• $C_p$ is the specific heat at constant pressure
• $k$ is the coefficient of thermal conduction

It is the ratio of momentum diffusivity (kinematic viscosity) to thermal diffusivity. It can be related to the thickness of the thermal and velocity boundary layers. It is actually the ratio of velocity boundary layer to thermal boundary layer. When Pr=1, the boundary layers coincide. When Pr is small, it means that heat diffuses very quickly compared to the velocity (momentum). This means the thickness of the thermal boundary layer is much bigger than the velocity boundary layer for liquid metals.