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# FLOW IN PIPES

FLOW IN PIPES

## Attention will be given on:

Laminar and Turbulent Flows
Reynolds Number
Entrance Region Flow
Pressure drops and head loss in Laminar flow in
circular pipes
Minor Losses in piping system
FLOW IN PIPES

## Define and explain Laminar and turbulent flows in

pipes, Reynolds number, and Critical Reynolds
Number.
Explain friction loss in Laminar flow. Derive and
Explain Hagen - Poiseuille equation.
Explain and describe the important of Poiseuilles law
in Biomedical application.
Explain the important of laminar and turbulent flow
in biomedical engineering.
Solve problems about laminar and turbulent flow.
FLOW IN PIPES

## Fluid flow can be

classified as external or
internal.

We focus on internal
for flow in pipes.
Laminar & Turbulent Flow:
Laminar Flow
Fluid particles move along the smooth
path in laminas or layers, with one
layer sliding smoothly over an
Turbulent Flow
It is most common flow in engineering
practice. The fluid particles move in
very irregular paths, causing an
exchange of momentum from one
portion of the fluid to other portion.

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LAMINAR AND TURBULENT FLOWS
The flow appears to be
stream has a fairly uniform
diameter and there is little or
no evidence of mixing of the
various parts of the stream.
The flow has very low
velocity highly ordered
motion

## The flow has a rather high

velocity highly disordered
motion. The elements of fluid
appear to be mixing chaotically
within the stream.
REYNOLDS NUMBER
How to distinguish Turbulent and Laminar in mathematics?
Osborne Reynolds manage to do that in 1880s.
Re = Inertia force / viscous force
Re = Fi /Fv = A v2 / ( v/D A) = v D /

Re = vD/
Where,
= fluid density ,
= fluid viscosity ,
D = pipe diameter and
V= average velocity of flow,
Re is the ratio of the inertial forces to viscous forces in the fluid.
Dimensionless - no UNITS.
REYNOLDS NUMBER
How to use it ?
Critical Reynolds Number flow become turbulent.
Larger Re Inertial is bigger than viscous, viscous cannot prevent the
random and rapid fluctuation of the fluids and vice versa.

## Laminar /F (LCN) Transition (HCN) Turbulent / F

Re= 2,200 Re=4,000
Re depends upon:
Various conditions of vibrations

## Conversing /F Straight /F Diversing /F

Rough / F Smooth /F
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Our approach:
In engineering practice most flow
conditions are turbulent.
The pipe diameter is much larger than 25
mm.
Laminar flow is found only in viscous flow.
Laminar cases are studied because to
derive theories simple and accurate
relationship.

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Problems
Prob.1
Velocity =?, Re= 2000 (laminar)
Diameter of pipe = 25 mm (pipe)
= 10-6 m2/s

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Re = v D / = v D /
v = (Re ) / D
= (200010-6 ) / 0.025
= 0.08 m/s
v= 0.08 m/s
Problems:
cntd.
An oil (s=0.85, = 1.8 10-5 m2/s) flow in a 10 cm
diameter pipe at 0.50 L / s. Is the flow is turbulent
or laminar?

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Ans:
v = Q/ A
= (500cm 3/s ) / (3.41102 cm2 / 4)
= 6.73 cm/s
= 0.0637 m/s
Re = D v /
= (0.1 m 0.0637m/s) / (1.8 10-5 m2/s)
= 354
Since Re 2,000, the flow must be Laminar.
EXAMPLE 1REYNOLDS NUMBER

## Determine whether the flow is laminar or turbulent if

glycerine at 25C flows in a pipe with a 150-mm inside
diameter. The average velocity of flow is 3.6 m/s.
Laminar and Turbulent in Human
Blood
Most of human blood flow is laminar, having Re of 300
or less.
However, it is possible for turbulent to occur at very
high flow rates in the descending aorta, for example
in highly conditioned athletes. Sometimes it is also
common in pathological conditions (narrowed
(stenotic) arteries and across stenotic heart valves.
TURBULENT AND ITS EFFECT
Haemodynamic studies have shown that diseased cardiac
valves, whether stenosed or incompetent, create regions
of increased turbulence and shear stresses that are large
enough to damage the vascular endothelium leading to
endothelial dysfunction.
Endothelial cells line the entire circulatory system, from
the heart to the smallest capillary. These cells reduce
friction of the flow of blood allowing the fluid to be
pumped further and control of blood pressure.
A key feature of endothelial dysfunction is the inability of
arteries and arterioles to dilate fully in response to an
appropriate stimulis.
Laminar and Turbulent in the lungs
In the lungs, fully developed laminar flow probably
occurs only in very small airways with low Re.
When air flow at higher rates in larger diameter tubes,
like Trachea, the flow is often turbulent.
Much of the flow in intermediate sized airways will be
transitional flow.
ENTRANCE REGION
FLOW ENTERING CIRCULAR PIPE

## Boundary layer region - Viscous effects and the velocity changes

are significance
The inviscid flow region Frictional effects are negligible and
velocity in radial directions is constant.
The region from the pipe inlet to the point at which the
boundary layer merges at the centreline is called the
Hydrodynamic Entrance Region, and the length is
Hydrodynamic Entry Length, Lh.
ENTRY LENGTH (LENGTH OF ENTRANCE REGION), Lh

Laminar flow,

Lh 0.05Re D D

Turbulent flow,
1/4
Lh 1.359Re D
For a pipe length over than 10D, entrance effect is negligible
and thus,
Lh 10D
FULLY DEVELOP FLOW IN ARTERIES

## If we consider Re = 300, then the previous equation

gives Xe=18D. This means that, an entrance length
equal to 18 pipe diameters is required for fully
developed flow in human system.
In human cardiovascular system, it is not common to
see fully developed flow in arteries. The vessels
continually branch, with the distance between
branches not often being greater than 18
diameters.
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES

Assumptions:
Steady, laminar flow of incompressible liquid with constant
properties in the fully developed region of a straight circular pipe
No acceleration since it is steady and fully develop.
No motion in the radial direction, velocity in radial direction is zero
We try to obtain the velocity profile and also a relation to the
friction factor.
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES

## Consider a free-body diagram of the cylinder of fluid and

sum the forces acting on that cylinder.
First, we will need to make some assumptions. Assume
that the flow is steady. This means that the flow is not
changing with time; that the derivative of flow rate with
respect to time is equal to zero.
dQ
0
dt
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES

## Second, assume that the flow is through a long

tube with a constant cross-section. This flow
condition is known as uniform flow. For steady
flows in long tubes with a constant cross-section,
the flow is fully developed and therefore, the
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES
The third assumption is that the fluid is Newtonian.
Newtonian flow is flow in which the shearing stress, t,
in the fluid is constant. In other words, the viscosity is
constant with respect to the shear rate, y, and the
whole process is carried out at a constant
temperature.
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES

## Now let the x direction be the axial direction of the

pipe with the downstream (to the right) being
positive.If the flow is unchanging with time, then
the sum of forces in the x dire<
P(r2) - (P + dP)(r2) 2rdx = 0

## Solve Eq. (1.1) and the result is

-dP(r2) = 2rdx
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES

## The result from a simple force balance is shear stress as a

r dP

and 2 dx

Rtube dP
wall
2 dx
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPE
From the definition of viscosity that the shear stress is
also related to the shear rate:
dV

dr
From the relation of shear stress, pressure drop and
r dP dV

2 dx dr
Then producing differential equation with the variables
1 dP
dV rdr
2 dx
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPE
The next step in the analysis is to solve the previous
differential equation, which gives the velocity of each
point in the tube as a function

2
1 dP r
V C1
2 dx r
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPE
So far, in this analysis, we have made three
assumptions. First, steady flow (dQ/dt = 0); second,
fully developed tube (dP/dx is constant); and third,
viscosity is constant.
Now we make assumption four, which is the no slip
condition. This means V at the wall is zero when r
equals the radius of the tube. Therefore, set r = Rtube =
R and V=0 to solve for C1.
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPE 2
1 dP r
0 C1
2 dx 2
2
1 dP R
C1
2 dx 2
The equation, which gives velocity as a function of radius, r, is then

1 dP 2 2
V [r R ]
4 dx
The final assumption is that the flow is laminar whereby this
parabolic velocity profile represents the velocity profile across a
constant cross section.
LAMINAR FLOW IN PIPES; VELOCITY PROFILE
1 dP 2 2
V [r R ]
4 dx
The dP/dx must have ve value for pressure drops that cause a
positive velocity (pressure must decrease in the flow direction due to
the viscous effect). The maximum velocity will occur at the
centreline, where r=0.

## In fluid flow, it is convenient to work with average velocity which

remains constant in incompressible flow when the cross
sectional area of pipe is constant.

u max 2Vm
PRESSURE DROP
Pressure drop occurs as the fluid flows along straight lengths of
pipe and tubing. It causes pressure to decrease along the pipe
and they increase the amount of power that a pump must
deliver the fluid. It is caused by friction, changes in kinetic
energy, etc.
Friction may occur between the fluid & the pipe work, but friction
also occurs within the fluid as sliding between adjacent layers of
fluid takes place. The friction within the fluid is due to the fluids
viscosity.

## When fluids have a high viscosity, the speed of flow tends to be

low, and resistance to flow becomes almost totally dependant
on the viscosity of the fluid, this condition is known as Laminar
flow.
PRESSURE DROP IN LAMINAR FLOW
In laminar flow, the fluid seems to flow in several
layers, one on another as described in below figures.

Because of the viscosity, shear stress is created between the layers of fluid.

## WHY ENERGY IS LOST ???

Overcoming the frictional forces produced by the shear stress (act
opposite direction to flow).
PRESSURE DROP IN LAMINAR FLOW
The pressure drop in laminar flow can be
expressed as below.

8LVm 32LVm
P P1 P 2
R2 D2

## Pressure drop will be 0 if the viscosity is 0, when

there is no frictions. It also mean that the pressure
drop depends entirely on the viscous effects.
PRESSURE DROP
8LVm 32LVm
P P1 P2 2
2
(1)
R D
The above equation is used to determine the pressure drop in
laminar flow. However, the following equation can be used to
determine the pressure drop for all cases of fully develop
internal flow (Laminar or Turbulent, Circular or non
circular pipes, Smooth or rough surfaces, Horizontal or
inclines) and known as Darcys equation.
2
L V
P f m (2)
D 2
8 w
Where friction factors, f can be defined as f
V 2 m
PRESSURE DROP IN LAMINAR
Both (1) and (2) equation can be used to determine the
pressure drop for circular pipe in laminar flow, equating
both, we find,
64
f
Re
The equation shows that for laminar flow the friction
factors is a function of Reynolds number only and
independent of surface roughness.
In piping system analysis, P = gh express loss in
terms of pressure.
The pressure loss can also be expressed in terms of
length of water (m) which is
hL = PL/pg
It represents the additional height that the fluid need to
be raised by a pump to overcome the frictional losses
in the pipe.
MEAN VELOCITY AND FLOW RATE
Consider the steady,laminar flow in pipe
as shown in the above figure. R

## The velocity of the fluid is the function of

radius,r and distance x and can be shown X
as u(r,x).
Since dQ/dt=0, conservation of mass
equation is applied, mass flow rate,dm/dt
and mean velocity,Vm relation can be
define as

m Vm A c u r, x dA c
.

Ac
MEAN VELOCITY AND FLOW RATE
Then Vm can be expressed as

Vm

Ac
u (r, x )dA c

Ac
u (r, x )2rdr 2
R
2 u (r, x )rdr (a )
A c R 2 R 0

## For fully developed flow in pipe, the velocity is

constant through the flow direction, therefore,
u (r, x )
0 u u (r )
x
MEAN VELOCITY AND FLOW RATE

## Thus velocity can be expressed as

1 dP 2
u (r ) [ r R 2 ] ( b )
4 dx
From (a) and (b), the mean velocity then can be expressed as

R 2 dP
Vm ( c)
8 dx
From (c) and (d), the relation between mean velocity and velocity at any radius,
r2
u (r ) 2Vm (1 2 )
R
Mean velocity, Vm is at radius r=0, therefore

u max 2Vm
MEAN VELOCITY AND FLOW RATE
Combining the relation between Pressure Drop and Mean
velocity in laminar flow, we obtained the following
relationship.
(P1 P 2)R 2 (P1 P 2)D 2 PD 2
Vm
8L 32L 32L
The flow rate is

V VmAc R 2
8L 128L 128L

## This relationship is known as the HagenPoiseuille

equation.
The equation is valid only for laminar flow (NR < 2000).
EXAMPLE 2 - ENERGY LOSS

## Determine the energy loss if glycerine at 25C

flows 30 m through a 150-mm-diameter pipe with
an average velocity of 4.0 m/s.
First, we must determine whether the flow is
laminar or turbulent by evaluating the Reynolds
number:

## From Appendix B, we find that for glycerin at 25C

EXAMPLE 2 - ENERGY LOSS

## Because NR < 2000, the flow is laminar. Using

Darcys equation, we get

## Notice that each term in each equation is

expressed in the units of the SI unit system.
Therefore, the resulting units for hL are m or Nm/N.
This means that 13.2 Nm of energy is lost by each
newton of the glycerine as it flows along the 30 m
of pipe.
POISEUILLES LAW AND AIR RESISTANCE IN PULMONARY

## When we breathe air flows through trachea to the lungs.

Although the air is not very viscous, there is a noticeable
resistance to the air flow. It causes the pressure drop
along the airway and it decrease in the direction of the
flow.
When air flows through relatively small diameters tubes as
in the terminal brochioles, the flow is laminar.
When it flows at higher rates in larger diameter tubes, like
the trachea, the flow is often turbulent.
Much of the flow in the intermediate sized airways can be
transitional flow which is difficult to predict either laminar
or turbulent.
POISEUILLES LAW AND AIR RESISTANCE IN PULMONARY

We learn about Poiseuilles law that relevant to laminar flow. This law
applies to air flow and also blood flow. The relation can be expressed as
below
P D 4
V
128L
Analogous to V=IR in electrical, Voltage drop,V similar to Pressure gradient,
P/L; electric current similar to flow rate and resistance to flow can be
expressed as
128
Re sis tan ce
D 4
Resistance is inversely related to the fourth power of the diameter, the
resistance in the airways is not predominantly in the smallest diameter
airways. Why? See next slide.
POISEUILLES LAW AND AIR
RESISTANCE IN PULMONARY

## Airways branches and become narrower, but they are also

numerous. Therefore the smaller bronchioles contribute
relatively little resistance because of their increased
numbers.
The major site of airway resistance is the medium-sized
bronchi.
Airways with less than 2mm diameter only contribute
25 -40% is contributed by upper airways including the
mouth, nose, pharynx, larynx and trachea.
FRICTION LOSS IN TURBULENT FLOW

## Using Darcy equations we can calculate the friction losses in turbulent

flow. It depends on the surface roughness of the pipe as well as
Reynolds number (IN LAMINAR, LOSSES ONLY DEPEND ON THE
REYNOLD NUMBER)
The , the average wall roughness can be obtained from tables
(experiment has been conducted to determine the value). The average
value is for new and clean pipe.
FRICTION LOSS IN TURBULENT FLOW

## Roughness value, for new and clean pipe

MOODY DIAGRAM FOR TURBULENT FLOW

One of the most widely used methods for evaluating the friction
factor employs the Moody diagram shown below.
MOODY DIAGRAM IMPORTANT OBSERVATION

## For a given Reynolds number

of flow, as the relative
roughness is increased,
the friction factor f
decreases.

## For a given relative roughness ,

the friction factor f
decreases with increasing
Reynolds number until the
zone of complete
turbulence is reached.
MOODY DIAGRAM

## The transition region is shown

2300<Re<4000)
The friction factors alternate
between laminar and
turbulent flow.
MOODY DIAGRAM

## Within the zone of complete

turbulence, the Reynolds
number has no effect on the
friction factor.
As the relative roughness
increases, the value of the
Reynolds number at which the
zone of complete turbulence
begins also increases.
The friction factor is a minimum
for a smooth pipe (but still not
zero because of the no-slip
condition) and increases with
roughness.
verifying the following values for friction factors for the given
values of Reynolds number and relative roughness, using Fig.
8.6:
USE OF THE MOODY DIAGRAM
Why do we need the Moody diagram?
The Moody diagram is used to help determine the value of
the friction factor, f for turbulent flow.
How ?
First determine the value of the Reynolds number
(calculations),
Then determine the relative roughness (dividing Diameter of
the pipe to the pipe roughness).
Therefore, the basic data required are:
1. The pipe inside diameter,
2. The pipe material,
3. The flow velocity, and the kind of fluid and its temperature, from
which the viscosity can be found.
EXAMPLE 3- MOODY DIAGRAM

## Determine the friction factor f if water at 70C is

flowing at 9.14 m/s in an uncoated ductile iron pipe
having an inside diameter of 25 mm.

## The Reynolds number must first be evaluated to

determine whether the flow is laminar or turbulent:

## Here D=0.025 m and kinematic viscosity=4.11x107

m2/s. We now have
EXAMPLE 3- MOODY DIAGRAM

## Thus, the flow is turbulent. Now the relative

roughness must be evaluated. From Table 8.2
we find = 2.4 x 104 m. Then, the relative
roughness is

## 1. Locate the Reynolds number on the abscissa

of the Moody diagram:
EXAMPLE 3- MOODY DIAGRAM

## 2. Project vertically until the curve for D/ = 104

is reached. Because 104 is so close to 100, that
curve can be used.

## 3. Project horizontally to the left, and read f =

0.038.
EXAMPLE 4 MOODY DIAGRAM

## Determine the friction factor f if ethyl alcohol at

25C is flowing at 5.3 m/s in a standard 1.5-in
Schedule 80 steel pipe.

equation

## Given, = 787 kg/m3 and =1.00 x 103 Pas.

Also, for a 1.5in Schedule 80 pipe, D = 0.0381
m. Then we have
EXAMPLE 4 MOODY DIAGRAM
From Fig. 8.6, f = 0.0225. You must interpolate on both
NR and D/ to determine this value, and you should
expect some variation. However, you should be able to
read the value of the friction factor f within 0.0005
in this portion of the graph.
MINOR LOSSES IN PIPES

## The amount of energy losses that occurs

as fluid flow through devices as
enlargements and contractions in the
size of paths.
It is called minor losses since the energy
losses is small in comparison with the
energy losses due to friction in long,
straight section pipes.
Sudden Enlargement
As a fluid flows from a smaller pipe into a larger pipe
through a sudden enlargement, its velocity abruptly
decreases, causing turbulence, which generates an energy
loss.
Figure below shows the sudden enlargement.
SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT

## where v1 is the average velocity of flow in the smaller pipe

By making some simplifying assumptions about the
character of the flow stream as it expands through the
sudden enlargement, it is possible to analytically predict the
value of K from the following equation:
SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT
Fig below shows the resistance coefficientsudden enlargement.
SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT
Table below shows the resistance coefficientsudden
enlargement
EXAMPLE 5 SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT

## Determine the energy loss that will occur as 100

L/min of water flows through a sudden
enlargement from a 1-in copper tube (Type K) to
a 3-in tube (Type K). See Appendix H for tube
dimensions.
EXAMPLE 5 SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT

## Using the subscript 1 for the section just ahead

of the enlargement and 2 for the section
downstream from the enlargement, we get
EXAMPLE 5 SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT

## To find a value for K, the diameter ratio is

needed. We find that

## Try to obtained from graph( Resistance

coefficient Sudden enlargement ), K = 10.2.
Then we have

## This result indicates that 0.40 Nm of energy is

dissipated from each Newton of water that flows
through the sudden enlargement.
EXAMPLE 6 SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT
Determine the difference between the pressure
ahead of a sudden enlargement and the
pressure downstream from the enlargement.
Use the data from Example 5.

## First, we write the energy equation:

EXAMPLE 6 SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT

## If the enlargement is horizontal, z2 z1 = 0. Even

if it were vertical, the distance between points 1
and 2 is typically so small that it is considered
negligible. Now, calculating the velocity in the
larger pipe, we get
EXAMPLE 6 SUDDEN ENLARGEMENT

## Using = 9.81 kN/m3 for water and hL = 0.40m

from Example Problem 10.1, we have

## If the transition from a smaller to a larger pipe can be made less

abrupt than the square-edged sudden enlargement, the energy
loss is reduced.
This is normally done by placing a conical section between the
two pipes as shown in the below figure.
Compare gradual enlargement (left) to sudden
enlargement (right).

from

## The energy loss calculated from previous does

not include the loss due to friction at the
walls of the transition.
For relatively steep cone angles, the length of
the transition is short and therefore the wall
friction loss is negligible.

## Determine the energy loss that will occur as 100

L/min of water flows from a 1-in copper tube
(Type K) into a 3-in copper tube (Type K)
through a gradual enlargement having an
included cone angle of 30 degrees.
enlargement), we find that K = 0.48. Then we
have

## Compared with the sudden enlargement

described in Example 5, the energy loss
decreases by 33 % when 30 degrees the
DIFFUSER
Another term for an enlargement is a diffuser.
The function of a diffuser is to convert kinetic energy
(represented by velocity head) to pressure energy
(represented by the pressure head) by decelerating
the fluid as it flows from the smaller to the larger
pipe.
The theoretical maximum pressure after the expansion
could be computed from Bernoullis equation,
DIFFUSER
If the diffuser is in a horizontal plane, the elevation terms
can be cancelled out.
Then the pressure increase across the ideal diffuser is

## This is often called pressure recovery.

In a real diffuser, energy losses do occur and the general
energy equation must be used:
SUDDEN CONTRACTION

## The energy loss due to a sudden contraction, such as

that sketched in Fig. 10.6, is calculated from

## where v2 is the velocity in the small pipe downstream

from the contraction.
Figure 10.8 illustrates what happens as the flow
stream converges. The lines in the figure represent the
paths of various parts of the flow stream called
streamlines.
RESISTANCE COEFFICIENT - SUDDEN CONTRACTION
SUDDEN CONTRACTION
SUDDEN CONTRACTION

## The following table shows the resistance coefficientsudden

contraction
EXAMPLE 8 SUDDEN CONTRACTION
Determine the energy loss that will occur as 100
L/min of water flows from a 3-in copper tube
(Type K) into a 1-in copper tube (Type K)
through a sudden contraction.

## For the copper tube,

EXAMPLE 8 SUDDEN CONTRACTION

## The energy loss in a contraction can be decreased

substantially by making the contraction more gradual.
The following figure shows such a gradual contraction,
formed by a conical section between the two
diameters with sharp breaks at the junctions.
The following Figure shows the data (from Reference 8) for the
resistance coefficient versus the diameter ratio for several values of
the cone angle.

## As the cone angle of the

contraction decreases, the
resistance coefficient
actually increases
The reason is that the
data include the effects of
both the local turbulence
caused by flow separation
and pipe friction.
For the smaller cone
angles, the transition
between the two
diameters is very long,
which increases the
friction losses.

## The following figure shows a contraction with a 120 included angle

and D1/D2 = 2.0, the value of K decreases from approximately 0.27
to 0.10 with a radius of only 0.05(D2) where D2 is the inside
diameter of the smaller pipe.
CONTRACTION-ENTRANCE LOSS
A special case of a contraction occurs when a fluid
flows from a relatively large reservoir or tank into a
pipe.
The fluid must accelerate from a negligible velocity to
the flow velocity in the pipe.
The ease with which the acceleration is accomplished
determines the amount of energy loss, and therefore
the value of the entrance resistance coefficient is
dependent on the geometry of the entrance.
CONTRACTION - ENTRANCE LOSS
The following figure shows four different configurations and the suggested
value of K for each.
EXAMPLE 9 - CONTRACTION-ENTRANCE LOSS

## Determine the energy loss that will occur as 100 L

/min of water flows from a reservoir into a 1-in
copper tube (Type K) (a) through an inward-
projecting tube and (b) through a well rounded
inlet.

## Part (a): For the tube,

EXAMPLE 9 - CONTRACTION-ENTRANCE LOSS

we have

## For well rounded entrance, K = 0.04. Then we

have
RESISTANCE COEFFICIENTS FOR VALVES AND FITTINGS

## Valves are used to control the amount of flow and may be

globe valves, angle valves, gate valves, butterfly valves,
any of several types of check valves, and many more.
RESISTANCE COEFFICIENTS FOR VALVES AND FITTINGS
However, the method of determining the resistance coefficient K is
different. The value of K is reported in the form

The term fT is the friction factor in the pipe to which the valve or
fitting is connected, taken to be in the zone of complete
turbulence.
Le is the length of straight pipe of the same nominal diameter as the
valve that would have the same resistant as the valve, called the
equivalent length.
D is the actual inside diameter of the pipe.
RESISTANCE COEFFICIENTS FOR VALVES AND FITTINGS

## Some system designers prefer to compute the equivalent

length of pipe for a valve and combine that value with
the actual length of pipe.
Equation (108) can be solved for Le

## Table 10.4 shows the resistance in valves and fittings

expressed as equivalent length in pipe diameters, Le>D.
RESISTANCE COEFFICIENTS FOR VALVES AND FITTINGS
RESISTANCE COEFFICIENTS FOR VALVES AND FITTINGS
The following table shows the friction factor in zone of
complete turbulence for new, clean, commercial steel
pipe
HOW TO CALCULATE ENERGY LOSS FOR VALVE AND FITTINGS?

v2
h L K( )
2g

## K is determined from the following formula

Le
K( )f T
D
For new and clean steel pipe, (Le/D) and fT are obtained from their
respective table, then calculate K value.
For material other than steel, the pipe wall roughness, is determined from
table Pipe Roughness Design value (see slide 40). Then, compute D/
and use the Moody diagram to determine fT in the zone of complete
turbulent.
The velocity can be obtained from continuity principle, Q=vA.
EXAMPLE 10 CALCULATE THE EQUIVALENT LENGTH

## Determine the resistance coefficient K for a fully

open globe valve placed in a 6-in Schedule 40
steel pipe.

## From Table 10.4 we find that the equivalent-

length ratio for a fully open globe valve is 340.
From Table 10.5 we find fT = 0.016 for a 6-in pipe.
Then,
EXAMPLE 10 CALCULATE THE EQUIVALENT LENGTH

## Using D=0.154 m for the pipe, we find the

equivalent length
EXAMPLE 11-PRESSURE DROP ACROSS VALVE

## Calculate the pressure drop across a fully open globe

valve placed in a 4-in Schedule 40 steel pipe carrying
0.0252 m3/s of oil (sg = 0.87)

## A sketch of the installation is shown in Fig. 10.24. To

determine the pressure drop, the energy equation should
be written for the flow between points 1 and 2:
EXAMPLE 11-PRESSURE DROP ACROSS VALVE

## The energy loss hL is the minor loss due to the

valve only. The pressure drop is the difference
between p1 and p2. Solving the energy equation
for this difference gives

## But z1 = z2 and v1 = v2. Then we have

EXAMPLE 11-PRESSURE DROP ACROSS VALVE

## From Table 10.5 we find fT = 0.017 and for global

valve,
Le/D = 340.
EXAMPLE 11-PRESSURE DROP ACROSS VALVE

## Therefore, the pressure in the oil drops by 23.9

kPa as it flows through the valve. Also, an
energy loss of 2.802 m is dissipated as heat
from each pound of oil that flows through the
valve.
EXAMPLE 11-PRESSURE DROP ACROSS VALVE (NON
STEEL)

Calculate the energy loss for the flow of 500 m3/h of water through a
standard tee connected to a 6-in uncoated ductile iron pipe. The
flow is through the branch.

## Use the Procedure for Computing the Energy Loss.

PIPE BENDS
The following figure shows that the minimum resistance for a 90 bend
occurs when the ratio r/D is approximately three.
PIPE BENDS
The following figure shows a 90 bend.
PIPE BENDS
The following figure shows a 90 bend pipe.
If Ro is the radius to the outside of the bend, Ri is the radius to
the inside of the bend and Do is the outside diameter of the pipe
or tube. The radius to the centerline of the pipe or tube called
mean radius, r can be expressed as
EXAMPLE 12 - PIPE BENDS

## A distribution system for liquid propane is made

from 1.25in drawn steel tubing with a wall
thickness of 0.083 in. Several 90 bends are
required to fit the tubes to the other equipment in
the system. The specifications call for the radius to
the inside of each bend to be 200 mm.
When the system carries 160 L /min of propane at
25C, compute the energy loss to each bend.
EXAMPLE 12- PIPE BENDS
The radius r must be computed from

## where Do = 31.75mm, the outside diameter of

the tube as found from Appendix G.
Completion of the calculation gives
EXAMPLE 12- PIPE BENDS
We now must compute the velocity to complete the
evaluation of the energy loss from Darcys equation:

## The relative roughness is

EXAMPLE 12- PIPE BENDS
Then, we can find fT = 0.0108 from the Moody diagram
(Fig. 8.6) in the zone of complete turbulence. Then

## Now the energy loss can be computed:

BEND AT ANGLES OTHER THAN 90
Reference 2 recommends the
following formula for
computing the resistance
factor K for bends at angles
other than 90

## where K is the resistance for

one 90 bend found from right
table.
EXAMPLE 13 BEND OTHER THAN 90 DEG

## Evaluate the energy loss that would occur if the

drawn steel tubing described in Example Problem
10.10 is coiled for 4.5 revolutions to make a heat
exchanger. The inside radius of the bend is the
same 200 mm used earlier and the other
conditions are the same.

## Lets start by bringing some data from Example

Problem 10.10.
EXAMPLE 13 BEND OTHER THAN 90 DEG

## Now we can compute the value of KB for the

complete coil using Eq. (1010). Note that each
revolution in the coil contains four 90 bends.
Then,

## The total bend resistance is

EXAMPLE 13 BEND OTHER THAN 90 DEG