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A unit used to measure the permeability of porous substances such as soil. One darcy is equal to the passage of 1 cubic centimeter of fluid having a viscosity of 1 centipoise for 1 second under the pressure of 1 atmosphere through a medium having a volume of 1 cubic centimeter.
|Darcy, , Henry Philibert Gaspard 1803-1858. |
British geologist who formulated the law (now named for him) governing the rate at which a fluid flows through a permeable medium. The darcy unit, used to measure the permeability of porous substances, is also named after him.