Viscosity Chart

Viscosity is a measure of the resistance of a fluid to flow (usually through a specific orifice). Materials that are gel-like at rest but fluid when agititated are described as thixotropic. Centipoise is the unit of measure for viscosity, where 1 centipoise is the equivalent to the viscosity of water.


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Viscosity Chart
Material Approximate Viscosity (in centipoise)
Water @ 70 °F 1 to 5
Blood or Kerosene 10
Anti-Freeze or Ethylene Glycol 15
Motor Oil SAE10 or Mazola Corn Oil 50 to 100
Motor Oil SAE30 or Maple Syrup 150 to 200
Motor Oil SAE40 or Castor Oil 250 to 500
Motor Oil SAE60 or Glycerin 1,000 to 2,000
Karo Corn Syrup or Honey 2,000 to 3,000
Blackstrap Molasses 5,000 to 10,000
Hershey Chocolate Syrup 10,000 to 25,000
Heinz Ketchup or French's Mustard 50,000 to 70,000
Tomato Paste or Peanut Butter 150,000 to 250,000
Crisco Shortening or Lard 1,000,000 to 2,000,000
Caulking Compound 5,000,000 to 10,000,000
Window Putty 100,000,000