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permeability

(κ, k)
(ability of a material to allow fluids to pass through it)

Permeability (often symbolized by κ or k) in fluid dynamics and geology is the ability of materials to allow fluids to pass through them. The common measure of permeability is defined by Darcy's law, i.e., it can be stated by testing a material and plugging values into the equation and represents the contribution of the type of porous material to the rate at which fluid passes through.


The term permeability is also used in electromagnetism (magnetic permeability, μ), in effect, treating a magnetic field as a flowing fluid and quantifying a material's ability to allow the magnetic field lines to pass through (occur in) the material.


(hydrology,fluid dynamics,geology,measure)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permeability_(earth_sciences)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permeability_(electromagnetism)

Referenced by pages:
beta (β)
Darcy velocity field

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