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Chapter 10

FLOW IN CONDUITS

**For steady, uniform flow, the momentum balance in s for
**

the fluid cylinder yields

Fluid Mechanics, Spring Term 2010

Velocity for laminar flow in pipes

**Using the result
**

for !, we

with substitute

and

we solve for ! to get:

**regardless of whether flow is laminar or turbulent. Integration yields
**

(Technically, turbulent flow is neither uniform nor steady, and there

are accelerations; we neglect this).

e.522 m/s Note that the velocity is in the direction of pressure increase. Example 10. i. Given: Diameter D = 3 cm Viscosity µ = 0.622 m/s For r = 6 mm. In this problem. The flow direction is determined by the combination of the flow velocity is negative. V = -0. Is the flow upward or downward? What is the velocity at the center and at r=6mm? Example 10.The velocity is 0 at the boundary.5 Ns/m2 (parabolic profile) Density " = 900 kg/m3 Assume laminar flow. V = -0.1: One boundary condition: Oil flows steadily in a vertical pipe.1: Solution The velocity at any point r is found from First determine rate of change of p + #z where we have already determined the value of Since the velocity is given by For r = 0. downward. . Pressure at z=100m is 200 kPa. pressure gradient and gravity. and at z=85m it is 250 kPa. the effect of gravity is stronger..

Fluid is kerosene with For 2000 < Re < 3000. . Viscosity µ = 3.3: Determine rate of flow in the pipe The behavior of flow in pipes is determined by the Reynolds number Re.2 x 10-3 Ns/m2 When conditions are carefully controlled so that the flow Weʼve solved this type of problem before… is perfectly motionless at the inlet of the pipe and the pipe The problem here is that we donʼt know (we are not told) is free of vibrations. Flow tends to become turbulent when Re > 3000. flow even at Re > 3000.s1 This is simply the energy equation for a pipe with head loss Criterion for Turbulent vs. Flow is always laminar when Re < 2000. the behavior is unpredictable and often switches back and forth between laminar and Density " = 820 kg/m3 turbulent.Head loss for laminar flow in a pipe Rearranging gives The mean velocity in the pipe is given by which we integrate along s between sections 1 and 2: Identify the length of pipe section L = s2 . then it is possible to maintain laminar whether or not the flow is laminar. Laminar Flow in a Pipe Example 10.

Once we have the solution. if the flow is laminar then the terms involving is laminar. laminar boundary layer We found that the 1st and 3rd circled terms = 1m. We thus have all the information turbulent. we need to solve for V2 The pipe is quite thin. weʼll check whether squares of velocity should be small. term involving V22 is zero (easier calculations…) Energy equation (point 1 at surface of tank. We neglected the 2nd one. the pipe could transport more fluid for a given pressure gradient. If flow could remain laminar.3: Solution We donʼt know the velocity. the fluid appear as though it had a much higher viscosity where flow is turbulent. p2 and z2 are zero. That everywhere was our main assumption which is thus correct. so the flow is laminar. The swirls and eddies associated with turbulence make This term is indeed negligible so our solution is OK. so we assume the that assumption was justified. whether our assumptions were justified. point 2 at outlet): (If the flow were turbulent. weʼd have to use a different This is our “guess” for the solution. . Turbulent flow is less efficient than laminar flow: Velocity profile Velocity profile for turbulent flow if flow were laminar Re is much less than 2000. Now we check form for the last term. V1. so we begin by assuming that the flow However. so we cannot compute the Reynolds number which tells us whether the flow is laminar or p1. the head loss). Thin.Example 10.

where (note logarithmic scales) More empirical (experimental) relations for smooth pipes: Rough Pipes Velocity distribution shear stress at wall k is a parameter that characterizes the height of the roughness elements. different way of looking at it: Velocity distribution in smooth pipes: Experiments show: (laminar boundary layer) for The effective mean stress (or apparent stress) is much greater than the stress expected for laminar flow. this stress is approximately for linear with radius. y is distance from wall. The apparent stress depends on the turbulent velocity Laminar Turbulent perturbations uʼ and vʼ. concentration. Within the turbulent flow. head loss (Darcy-Weisbach equation) B is a parameter that is a function of the type.Same concept. where for laminar flow For turbulent flow with Re > 3000 . and the size variation of the roughness.

0006 Reynolds number (if velocity is known) . ks = 0. the value weʼre looking for Solution: First compute Reynolds number From Table 10. each value of f.2. ks/D corresponds to one of the blue curves Get value for ks from table.05 m3/s. ks/D = 0. is not known.Rough Pipes Low Reynolds number or small roughness elements: Roughness unimportant. use this parameter and the corresponding black lines if velocity Pipe is a 20-cm asphalted cast-iron pipe. pipe considered smooth High Reynolds number or large roughness elements: Fully rough.4: Find head loss per kilometer of pipe.12 mm for asphalted cast-iron pipe. Fluid is water. and are still valid How to find f for rough pipes? Moody diagram: Example 10. So. Flow rate is Q = 0. f independent of Reynolds number.

The difference to the previous problem is that we donʼt know the velocity. With f = 0. Relative roughness same as previous problem Similar to last problem: Pipe is 20-cm asphalted cast-iron.019 . again f = 0. we get the head loss hf from the Darcy- Weisbach equation: x f = 0.019. Fluid is water. x Compute instead where is the kinematic viscosity.5: Find volume flow rate Q.2 m. so we canʼt compute Re. Head loss per kilometer is 12.019 Example 10.

Greater radius of bend reduces flow resistance. The turbulence in the separation zone causes flow resistance. for abrupt inlet K = 0.1. For a well-rounded inlet. K = 0. outlets. Bends in pipes: Sharp bends result in separation downstream of the bend. and fittings: where K is a parameter that depends on the geometry. . Flow at pipe inlets and losses from fittings Now we use the Darcy-Weisbach equation again to get V Rounded inlet Sharp-edged inlet Head loss for inlets.5 (much less resistance for rounded inlet).

the length of pipe perimeter equation) that is in contact with the fluid. of pipe. Turbulent Flow in Non-Circular Conduits In these equations. etc.) is distributed over some distance. Transition losses and grade lines Head loss due to transitions (inlets. here A is cross sectional Cross section of area and P is perimeter rectangular conduit. Relations for shear stress at boundary and for head loss are similar to those for circular conduits: Hydraulic radius: Circular pipes Non-circular conduits The conduit need not be filled with fluid: A is the cross-sectional area of the pipe P is the wetted perimeter of the pipe. the circular pipe diameter D was simply replaced by 4 A / P. . Approximation: Abrupt losses at a point. (Darcy-Weisbach that is. Details are often quite complicated.

with (Chezy equation) . so that the slope is given by and hence where n is a resistance coefficient called Manningʼs n. Simply replace D by 4Rh Relative roughness is Same equations as for non-circular conduits. Start with head-loss equation: However. is laminar for and turbulent for (But for some reason the Reynolds number for open channels is usually defined as ) Chezy and Manning Equations (for open channels) Thus far. we have only re-organized the formulas we used before. the way C is commonly determined in the In an open channel. Reynolds number is However. As for pipes. the hydraulic grade line is the Chezy equation is same as the free surface. Uniform free-surface flows Flow problems for non-circular conduits can be solved the same way as problems for circular pipes. A is only the cross-sectional area of the fluid.

pounds. Recall in the An additional word of caution: previous approach we used the Moody Substituting for C. proper units somewhere. the relative roughness. . Not this (best hydraulic section for rectangle is half a square) or this Large cross-sectional area A gives high Q. Best rounded shape: Best trapezoid: Large wetted perimeter P gives low Q. However. we used It is valid only in SI units. This is highly Chezy equation is still commonly used. unscientific!) Best Hydraulic Section Highest flow rate Q for certain types of shapes From Chezy formula: Most efficient conduit with rectangular cross- for a given slope S0. Half of a circle. the Chezy equation can be written as diagram (that complicated graph). …) the equation is Here.. using a unitless parameter The approach we used before is more accurate. For “traditional units” (feet.g. Half of a hexagon. the flow rate is proportional to section. e. there is only one type of (Manningʼs equation) roughness which is independent of the (This sort of stuff only happens if you leave out the channel size. In the Moody diagram. the instead of keeping the units it should have. ks / D.

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