Srbislav Genić

Associate Professor University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Ivan Arandjelović
Associate Professor University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

A Review o !"#li$it A##ro"imations o %olebrook&s !'uation
The most common explicit correlations for estimation of the friction factor in rough and smooth pipes are reviewed in this paper. Comparison of any friction factor equation with the Colebrook’s equation was expressed trough the mean relative error, the maximal positive error, the maximal negative error, correlation ratio and standard deviation. The statistical comparison of different equations was also carried out using the “ odel selection criterion! and “"kaike #nformation Criterion!. #t was found that the equation of $igrang and %ylvester provides the most accurate value of friction factor, and that &aaland’s equation is most suitable for hand calculations. Keywords: Colebrook’s equation, friction factor, approximations, fluid mechanics, turbulent flow.

Petar Kolendić
Research Assistant University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Marko Jarić
Research Assistant University of Belgrade Innovation Center of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Nikola Budimir
Research Assistant University of Belgrade Innovation Center of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Vojislav Genić
Head of Public Health Care and Mobility Sie ens I! Solutions and Services" Belgrade

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The determination of a single-phase friction factor of pipe is essential to a variety of industrial applications, such as single-phase flow systems, two-phase flow systems and supercritical flow systems. Typically, the method of choice for computing friction factor is the Colebrook’s equation. This equation is a combination of Prandtl-von arman-!ikuradse smooth-pipe equation

that became widely accepted design formula for turbulent friction in the range of 'e " #$$$ % &$' and ε " $ % $.$(. )ue to its demonstrated applicability, the Colebrook’s equation *+, has become the acceptable standard for calculation of the friction factor in turbulent regimes. -t should be noted that .ouse /+0 was the first to confirm Colebrook’s equation *+, by his own measurements. 1quation *+, was plotted in &2## by 3oody /#0 into what is now called the oody chart for pipe friction *this chart is probably the most famous and useful figure in engineering fluid mechanics,. The implicit form of *+, disables the quick estimation of friction factor in hand calculations. 5or this reason, a number of appro6imate e6plicit counterparts have been proposed in the last 7$ years and a most recent and very good overview of these equations is given in /(-80. The basic idea of these efforts is to introduce more parameters in equation, in order to obtain as good results as possible, or more precisely as close prediction as possible of a Colebrook’s equation. These e6plicate equations were compared with Colebrook’s equation as shown in :ection +.
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where 'e is the .eynolds number and ε is the relative pipe roughness. 1quations *&, and *4, are known as P ! equations /&0. 9sing these equations and his own data gathered on commercial pipes, Colebrook /40 formed the following equation that covers the whole turbulent flow region & = −4 log ⎛ 4.(& +

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224# ⎛ (.&& ⎜ +ε ⎟ ⎝ 'e ⎠ $. >ain *&287.$&' then f = " and if " < $.( D &$' /4$0 ε " $ % $. >ain *&287. *&8. /&+0 *&$.2+#( ⋅ log ⎜⎜ +⎜ ⎟ ⎜ ⎝ 8.$4 ⎛ (. f = ⎡−4 log ⎛⎜4. f = $.&+# ⎡ ⎛ ε 8 ⎞⎤ f = ⎢ −4 log⎜ + $.=(( 2M! *ransa$tions .< No .2 ⎤ ⎪⎫ f = ⎨ −&. Chen *&282.Hyo. *&(. <uthors *year.&'e ) ⎟ ⎝ ⎠ 'e −4 !ot specified /80 @rkiJ *4$&&.82 ⎟⎠ ⎝ 4$'.$$$$& % $.*able () Various a##ro"imations o t7e %olebrook&s e'uation 1q.$( 'e " #$$$ % &$' ε " $ % $. ⎛ 7' ⎞ " = $.$$4' + $. .'4 ⎞ ⎤ ⎡ f = ⎢ −4 log⎜ + $. /&20 *&7. /&80 *&#.&'β + ε ⎟⎞⎤ ⎢ +. ⎧ (.$484 ⎛ ε #.$( 'e " ($$$ % &$' ε " $.$$(( ⎢ & + ⎜ 4$$$$ε + ⎟ ⎢ ⎜ 'e ⎟ ⎠ ⎣ ⎝ ⎛ 7' ⎞ f = $.++47 ⎞ $. 58 9 V+0) :. 3anadilli *&228.$( /&70 *&+.ef.$$$$# % $.&'e &. ⎥ ⎥ ⎦ /'0 *(. 3oody *&2#8.$$$$$& % $.$( 'e " #$$$ % # D &$' 'e " #$$$ % # D &$' ε " $ % $. :ylvester *&2'4.8& ⎠ ⎦ ⎣ ⎛ ⎞ &. Figrang.$( .2 ⎟ ⎥ ⎝ +.8 'e ⎠ ⎦ ⎣ 'e " ($$$ % &$8 ε " $.&+(ε + ⎟⎥ 'e ⎠⎦ ⎝ ⎣ −4 /&(0 *&4. <ltshul *&2(4.&'e &.'2'& ⎟ ⎥ ⎬ 'e ⎣ +. Ion.$&' then f = $. /&&0 *'.ound *&2'$. *&'.$# !ot specified −4 /20 *7.8$7( ⎩ ⎝ ⎠⎦ ⎪ ⎭ /&#0 *&&.(+ε + $.$#(4 ⎛ ε f = ⎨−4 log ⎡ − log + ⎜ ⎟⎥ ⎢ ⎜ 4.74ε $.$( −4 /4&0 5ang *4$&&. *#. 4&. &.8 'e 'e +.&'e⎠ 'e .&& ⎜ +ε ⎟ ⎝ 'e ⎠ -f " ≥ $.'&7 ln ⎜ )⎟ ⎝ ln (& + &. f = ⎢−4 log ⎜ &$−$.'4(8 'e$.omeo.8$ 'e ⎣ −4 $.'48 'e ⎢ +.4( /&'0 Tsal *&2'2.'4 + 'e ⎠ ⎝ ⎞ ⎞⎤ ⎫ ⎪ ⎟ ⎟⎥ ⎬ ⎟ ⎟⎥ ⎪ ⎠ ⎠⎦ ⎭ −4 'e " +$$$ % &.$4 ⎛ ε &+ ⎞ ⎤ ⎫ ⎡ ε f = ⎨−4 log ⎢ − log ⎜ ε − log ⎜ + ⎞ ⎟ ⎟⎥ ⎪ ⎬ +.## 'e−&.' log⎛ ⎜ $. β = ln ⎡ ε ⎞⎤ ⎛ .7&+ ⎢ln ⎜ $.$8&4 'e 'e ⎣ ⎝ ⎞⎤ ⎟⎥ ⎠⎦ −4 'e " +$$$ % &$' ε " $ % $. .&& ⎧ ⎡⎛ ε ⎞ ⎪ 7. Gaaland *&2'+.$( −4 /&40 −4 *2.(78 f = ⎨−4 log ⎢ − log ⎜ − ⋅ 'e +.8$7( ⎪⎩ ⎛ ⎛ ε ⎞ $.$( 'e " #$$$ % &$' ε " $ % $. !ot specified 'e " #$$$ % ( D &$8 ε " $.44( + ''ε $.2 ⎟⎥ ⎝ +.&$$8 f = &.8 'e ⎠⎦ ⎣ −4 /&$0 *8.2 ⎠ ⎦ ⎣ ⎛ ε (.ange 'e " #$$$ % ( D &$' ε " $ % $.< .8# ⎞ ⎡ ⎤ f = ⎢ −4 log ⎜ + $. Churchill *&28+.8 'e ⎝ ⎝ ⎠ ⎠ ⎦ ⎪⎭ ⎣ ⎩ &.on *4$$4. ⎧ ⎡ ε ⎪ (.'( " ⎛ ε 2( 27. 7$.4( ⎞ ⎤ ⎡ ⎛ f = ⎢&.' log ⎢ ⎜ ⎟ + ⎥ ⎬ ⎢⎣⎝+. Eood *&277.#+#+β + ⎟⎥ ⎝ +.$2#ε $.42& ⎡ ⎛ &.4( &C + ⎤ . :wamee.(4( (7. num.$$$$$& % $.4+#ε − &.2'+ − ⎟⎥ 'e ⎠ ⎦ ⎝ +.'($7 ⎞⎤ ⎪ (.8& ⎠⎥ ⎝ 'e ⎛ ⎞ ⎣ ⎦ &. 1quation ⎡ ⎛ &$7 ⎞ f = $. β = ln !ot specified /80 @rkiJ *4$&&.&$2' ⎫ −4 ⎧ ε (.&&$( + &. ⎡ 7.$$$$# % $.'&7 ln ⎜ ln (& + &.&# − 4 log ⎜ ε + ⎟⎥ ⎝ 'e$.( ⎞ ⎤ f = ⎢ −&. *&2.8⎠ 'e ⎥⎦ ⎭⎪ ⎪⎩ −4 'e " #$$$ % &$' ε " $.$& .$( 'e " #$$$ % &$' ε " $.

i − f pred..84 % % % 4(.i − f pred. num.&4# max'e% /O0 % &4.$$&4& % +.##& +.av ) -t should be noted that similar analysis covering the observed range *'e " #$$$ % &$' and ε " $ % $.'7# % +.$$#$# $.7 ($$ D &$%7 22227$ ( D &$%7 ⎛ f C.i was calculated numerically within the range of error L %' &$ . The statistical comparison of different equations was also carried out using the M3odel selection criterionN * %C.(+4 % 4.&4+ max'e) /O0 &(. *&(. ε " $ % $. where fC. -- 'e " #$$$ % &$ &$$$ &$$$ &$$$$ &$$ &$$ &$$$$ ε " $ % $.4& $.8(( % 7.$( and a net will be formed using 7 linear scale with &$ nods.+# &$. with a much lesser number of points *about ($$ points in /4$0.. .842 % $. *&7.++ "#C D &$%7 +.av = i =& n n .&&' $.''4 % +. *able .$7'7 2$.(+$ *+ # + 8 ( ( ( ' # 8 ( # 7 && ' 2 2 *C ( # && ' ' ' &# 8 &7 ' ( &$ 4$ && &7 &7 2M! *ransa$tions V+0) :. *&'.$'&( $.$72 $. standard deviation ⎛ f C.i ) ∑ ( fC.i by the individual appro6imate equation.+4# $ % $. 8#$ points in the recent one /80.8& % % 4(. • Calculate friction factor value fC.(&8 &7.i − f pred. *&8.i i =& *4$..&7 $.+$ $.$(($ $.$$$7&4 $.+8# $. *&4.+&( $.$88 $. *&2.47 22.$( 4 *able :) Statisti$al #arameters or observed e'uations 1q.#4 +.&7 % +4.i calculated with the Colebrook’s equation *fC.i ⎞ f C. presented in Table 4.$#$7 $. *2.7(( % 4. and M<kaike -nformation CriterionN *"#C.+$( % 7.$( 'e " #$$$ % &$' o the ma6imal negative error max'( − = ma6 ⎛ f pred.+&7 2#. --- Θ = & − i =& n i =& ∑ ( fC.++ $. • Calculate the following parameters= o the mean relative error mean'( = o ∆av *4#.:) S*A*IS*I%A0 %+MPARIS+N +2 *3! !1-A*I+NS o ∆av.$'8 % #.744 % 4.2( % % 4(.i ⎠ = i =& ⎝ n n 4 The statistical comparison of any friction factor equation with the Colebrook’s equation can be done by the following procedure= • )ivide the range of possible 'e and ε using appropriate pitch into n nodes. *4+.744 % 7. *&+. *'.$$7&( $. *&&.++( $. *#.+2+ #.4$8 &7.i − f pred.i ⎞ ∑⎜ f ⎟ C .&#7 % $.7'( $.82$ $.&'& $.'7# &. -n this paper. &$$$$ points in /(0 and /440.44 +$.#4$ 48. *4(.+(' % $.'+ &$$ $ $. *8.'(7 Θ /O0 '#. mean'e /O0 8.#2+ #.i − f C.$( 'e " #$$$ % &$' ⎜ ⎝ o Θ.+8 $.#( $.4#& % $.24 % +$.(2$ % +. we will use the range of 'e " #$$$ % &$' and ε " $ % $.(&# 8.2$ #7. *(.$+4# $.=(( 9 5.&&# &.i 4 ε " $ % $. & n f C. *7.< .+&# % 4.i n∑ f C.$787 2$.i f C. &$$$ points in /4&0.444 &8.i − fC. • Calculate the friction factor fpred.ange !ods ' Kinear step 22227 ($ D &$%7 2222.i = ma6 ⎜ ⎜ f C.7#8 $.$$ % 44.++ % % % +$.44$ $.$#$ % &.4#( $.i ⎝ ⎞ ⎟ ⎟ ⎠ *4&.$#27 % &.'(8 % &#.< No .&'( % +. correlation ratio n ⎠ ⎟ *44. *&#.'(+ &'. Three ways were used to produce the number of nods.4'$ %C % 42.av is the average value of fC for complete set of nods ∑ fC.#2& % &.$7'$ $.) *7ree wa>s or ormin? t7e net wit7 (= nods 5 the ma6imal positive error max'( + .$(.8$' $.27 % 4(.(&& % 7.+8 % 4(. *&$.$'&' $.$4 &$$ &$$ &$$ &$$ $ &$$ &$$ +$.47 &$$ &$$ &$$ &$$ &$$ ∆av /O0 '.872 % #.22 $.4&4 % +.

-t is interesting to compare. <ccording to this criterion. two equations can be recommended= • equation *&4. ⎥⎦ *48. /40 Colebrook. They have almost the same standard ∆av and Θ. &2++.i ) • where *+ is the number of parameters in proposed equation. because it has much lesser *+ and *C compared to *&7. famous Colebrook’s equation is still the best equation that provides a link between the friction factor. % *&2.. -ts only disadvantage is the implicit form of equation. >. with Rur analysis shows that both equations do not predict friction factor well. <fter the statistical analysis given in this paper. should be given the advantage. and many authors reported their e6plicit appro6imations.eynolds number and relative roughness..i − fC. 5or this criterion.The %C and "#C attempt to represent the Minformation contentN of a given set of parameter estimates by relating the coefficient of determination to the *+ *or equivalently. 1quation *&&. is the best one according to most important criterions ∆av and Θ.mungsgeset-e in rauhen 'ohren.= %tr.'+ O is highly unacceptable.i − f pred. where *C is the number of mathematical calculations in a given equation. . because we want to ma6imi. is 48. that were required to obtain the fit..5. and ma6imal relative errors are quite low.e information content of the model. the number of degrees of freedom. % *7. equation shows even worse parameters= ma6imal error #7. is the worst one among the cited equations. as well as other statistical parameters. 1quation *&$. and *&#. is given in Table +. %C criterion is given in the form ⎡ ⎢ ⎢ ⎢ ⎥ i =& <lthough *C is small. ⎥ n ⎢∑ ( fC. @) %+N%0-SI+N %C = ln ∑ ( fC. The "#C as defined above is dependent on the magnitude of the data points as well as the number of observations. *&$. <lshul’s. :tatistical comparison of equations *#.i ⎢ ⎣ i =& equation *&+.7 O of those obtained by Colebrook’s equation. in hand calculations. The citation from /440 is interesting= M5riction factors obtained from the <ltshulTsal equation are within &. of <ltshul’s equation is cited in one of the most significant engineering handbooks /440. should be avoided in engineering practice. the most appropriate model will be that with the largest %C. Q)--Qerlag. and *&7. and Tsal’s correction *&#. which is more convenient for hand calculation.av ) ⎥ 4 *+ i =& n n ⎤ ⎥ <s stated by many engineers and scientists. <lthough it is published 4' years ago. that have to be done in order to obtain the result. this criterion places a burden on the model with more parameters not only to have a better coefficient of determination. 1quation *&4. with Colebrook’s equation *+.+$ O. with different numbers of parameters..N /&0 !ikuradse. it provides very fine statistical parameters and needs only *C " ' mathematical operations. of Figrang and :ylvester /&70 provides the most accurate value of friction factor using &7 calculations to obtain the resultP − *47. . the most appropriate model is the one with the smallest values of the "#C. <nother interesting equation is *&+.= Turbulent flow in pipes. but quantifies how much better it must be for the model to be deemed more appropriate. 1quations *#. The only shortcoming of the *&4.i − f pred. Ehen comparing two models *equation. "#C is defined by the following e6pression ⎡ n "#C = n ln ⎢ ∑ f C. The numbers from Table + speak for themselves. *&&. these equations cannot be recommended for engineering practice. @erlin. R!2!R!N%!S ( ) 4⎤ ⎥ + 4 *+ . 3a6imal relative error of *&#. is the number of calculations *mathematical operations. C. for e6ample. <ltshul’s equation *(. standard deviation is about &' O. of Gaaland /&80 provides reasonably good statistical parameters but needs only ' calculations.

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