Incompressible – this condition is not met in fluid flow in a closed conduit. However, formost liquids, including water, the errors generated by fluid compressibility are smallenough to be considered negligible. The most common situations where the errorsgenerated are too significant to be ignored, are the fluid flow of gasses and vapors.Streamline – this condition is met in fluid flow in a closed conduit, so long as there isonly one conduit that is being analyzed. If the conduit splits into multiple closed conduitsin parallel, then the equations are no longer valid and different analysis techniques mustbe used.Using the conditions previously stated, we must assure that the situation we are analyzingand the resulting equation meets the following requirements:
The fluid flow is at steady state
A mathematical term is added to the equation to represent friction losses
The fluid is a liquid, such as water, that has negligible compressibility
There is only one conduit in the analysisTaking these into account, we arrive at the following Modified Bernoulli Equation, whereh
is the summation of all of the friction losses.In the next section we will quantify the values for different friction losses for the purposeof using them in the Modified Bernoulli Equation.
Major and Minor Friction Losses
As previously stated, there are two categories of friction losses used in the analysis of fluid flow in a closed conduit.Major Losses – These are frictional losses created by fluid motion over the pipe walls.For the purpose of these notes, we will not cover concepts such as boundary layers. Wewill only state that these head losses are inherent in all pipes and they are dependent onproperties of both the pipe and the fluid.Minor Losses – These are frictional losses created by fluid motion through outlets, inlets,expansions, contractions, valves, and any other geometrical obstructions in the fluid flow.The head losses in these cases are mostly caused by disturbances in the fluid flow thatresult in increased turbulence and motion in other directions than the prevailing generaldirection of fluid flow.