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How to Convert Darcy to Micron

Updated October 04, 2018

A darcy is a measure of how permeable something is, or how easy it is for liquid to flow through a seemingly solid object. It is considered a metric measurement, but it is more commonly replaced by square meters. Once you convert over to meters, you can convert the value again to micrometers, which were once represented by a symbol called a micron. Micrometers used to be called microns, too, but the U.S. Metric Association says that label was "officially eliminated" in 1968.

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  1. Multiply the darcy value by 0.98692 x 10^-12, or 0.00000000000098692. This gives you the value in square meters. If you have 2 darcies, 2 x 0.98692 x 10^-12 gives you 0.00000000000197384m^2.

  2. Convert the meters squared to micrometers squared by moving the decimal point to the right by six spaces. In this example, the awkward 0.00000000000197384m^2. becomes 0.00000197384 micrometers^2.

  3. Convert the micrometers back to darcies by converting first to meters -- reverse the decimal point six spaces to the left -- and dividing by 0.98692 x 10^-12.

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Suzanne S. Wiley is an editor and writer in Southern California. She has been editing since 1989 and began writing in 2009. Wiley received her master's degree from the University of Texas and her work appears on various websites.

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