# Experiment 3 Pipe Friction

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1 EML 316L Experiment 3 Pipe Friction Laboratory Manual Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department College of Engineering FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

2 Nomenclature Symbol Description Unit A cross-sectional area of flow m or mm D Nominal diameter of pipe m g gravitational acceleration m/s h height of liquid in manometer mm h f h 1 hydraulic gradient height of water or mercury in downstream manometer tube m or mm h height of mercury in upstream manometer tube m or mm L Length of pipe between two piezometer taps m Q Volumetric flow rate m 3 /s Re Re c Reynolds Number Critical Reynolds Number V flow velocity m/s or mm/s ρ density kg/m 3 µ absolute viscosity (N-s)/m Experimental Parameters and Constants Specific Gravity of Mercury SG mercury 13.6 Length of pipe between pressure taps, L Nominal diameter of pipe, D 54 mm 3 mm

3 Introduction The frictional resistance a fluid is subjected to as it flows in a pipe results in a continuous loss of energy, or total head of the fluid. In 1883, Osborne Reynolds performed experiments on fluid flow to determine the laws of frictional resistance. He found that flows in pipes of different diameters and different fluids could be related to each other using the dimensionless parameter (now known as the Reynolds Number): ρvd Re = (1) µ Reynolds found that as the velocity of the flow increased, the characteristics of the flow had two primary regimes, laminar and turbulent, which were separated from each other by a small transitional regime. Laminar flow is characterized by smooth and steady flow, whereas, turbulent flow is characterized by fluctuations and agitation in the flow. Reynolds determined that the point where the flow switched from laminar to turbulent always occurred for approximately the same value of the Re. Number. This transition point is called the critical Reynolds Number, and for circular pipes: Re C,000,300 Different laws of fluid resistance apply to laminar and to turbulent flow. For a given fluid flowing in a pipe, experiments show that for laminar flow, the hydraulic gradient h f (friction losses per unit length) is proportional to the velocity of the flow, whereas for turbulent flow, a power law relation is more appropriate: The hydraulic gradient for flow in a pipe can be determined from the Darcy-Weisbach equation, which is valid for duct flows of any cross section and laminar or turbulent flow: The dimensionless parameter, f, is called the Darcy Friction Factor, and is a function of the Reynolds Number of the flow and the roughness of the pipe walls. It can be shown that for laminar flow with a Hagen-Poiseuille velocity distribution, the Darcy Friction Factor can be shown to be: () Hence, Eq. () for laminar flow can be rewritten as: (3) 64 1 V 3µ V f, = = laminar flow (4) Re D g ρ gd h lam 3

4 Fig.1 Schematic diagram of the H7 Pipe Friction apparatus. from which it can be seen that for a pipe of a specific diameter, the total head loss is a linear relationship with the velocity of the flow. Now for turbulent flow, there is no simple relationship for the Darcy Friction Factor, which is an experimentally determined value which varies with the Reynolds number or the flow and the roughness of the pipe. It is customary to use the Moody Chart to determine the value of the Darcy Friction Factor. However, for smooth walled pipes, some analytical approximations are available: In this experiment, a water manometer and a mercury manometer are used to measure the pressure head (liquid height) through the pipe, respectively. The hydraulic gradients for laminar and turbulent flows, i.e., friction losses per unit length (non-dimensional parameter), are defined as: h h L 1 h f,exp (5) = for water manometer (6) 4

5 h f,exp ( h h )( SG 1) 1 mercury = for mercury manometer (7) L The measured h f values will be compared with the values calculated by Darcy Weibach Equation, shown in Eq. (), in the Lab report. Experimental Apparatus The Tecquipment Pipe Friction (H7) apparatus allows for the measurement of friction loss in a small bore horizontal pipe. It allows for measurements to be taken in both laminar and turbulent regimes. Hence, it can be used to measurement in the change of the laws of fluid resistance from laminar to turbulent flow, and therefore, the critical Re. number can be determined. Figure 1 shows the arrangement of the apparatus and its main components. Along the base of the apparatus is a high length/bore ratio pipe across which the frictional loss can be measured. Static pressure taps at each end of the test length are permanently connected, by plastic tubes, to an inverted water manometer and a mercury U-tube manometer. The water or mercury manometers are isolated from each other using the isolating tap (valve) on the right side of the apparatus. Note: The water manometer is used for all laminar flows up to and just beyond the critical point, and the mercury manometer for all subsequent turbulent flows. The pressure taps are located sufficiently far away from the entrance and exits of the horizontal pipe to avoid effects of the entrance or exit. The upstream pressure tap is located approximately 45 diameters away from the pipe entrance, and the downstream pressure tap is approximately 40 diameters away from the pipe exit. A downstream needle valve is used to accurately control the flow which comes from a constant head tank mounted above the apparatus. However, to obtain a range of results in the turbulent region, it is necessary to connect the water directly from the main supply. Experimental Procedure A. Water Manometer Readings Laminar Flow 1). Turn the switches to the laminar flow testing position. Close the needle valve. ). Open the water tap to fill the Header tank until it overflow. Open the needle valve a little, turn off the water source and wait for the tank overflow stops. Warning: Too high a flow rate will cause water to overflow from the header tank. 3). Check that the isolating valve is selected for the water manometer. 4). Open the needle valve fully to obtain a differential head of at least 400 mm. Adjust the air in the manifold at the top of the manometers to get the lower height reading to be at least 400 mm from the bottom of the of the manometer. 5

6 5). Measure the flow rate by timing the water flow into a known volume. Make at least three times measurements and average the results to determine the volumetric flow rate. 6). Measure the water manometer heights, h 1 and h, so as to obtain the differential pressure head across the horizontal pipe section. 7). Repeat steps (5) and (6) for lower flow rates by slowly adjusting the needle valve to reduce the flow speed. Try to obtain at least five data points spread across the available flow range. B. Mercury Manometer Readings Turbulent Flow WARNING: HAVE THE INSTRUCTOR ADJUST THE WATER SUPPLY TO AVOID DAMAGE TO THE APPARATUS. 1) Isolate the water manometer by turning the isolating valve on the right side of the apparatus. ) Ensure that the water supply is connected directly to the horizontal pipe. 3) With the needle valve partially open, tap the manometer lines to dislodge any air bubbles up to the bleed valves at the top of the apparatus. Bleed any air out of the system, there should be a continuous water connection from the pressure taps on the horizontal pipe to the surface of the mercury. 4) Close the needle valve and ensure that the level of the mercury on both sides of the manometer is equal. 5) Slowly open the needle valve to fully open, monitoring the height of the mercury to ensure that it does not overflow out of the U-tube portion of the manometer. 6) Measure the flow rate by timing the water flow into a known volume. Make at least three times measurements and average the results to determine the volumetric flow rate. 7) Measure both manometer heights, h 1 and h, as shown in the above figure. 8) Repeat step (7) at lower flow rates by adjusting the needle valve to reduce the flow. Take at least five measurements and use the software to plot the data in-situ to ensure that sufficient data points have been taken across the entire flow range to adequately characterize the curved nature of the response. Analysis and Discussion 1. Calculate the volumetric flow rate, Q, for each testing case.. Determine the average velocity of the fluid, V. 3. Using Eqs. (6) and (7), calculate the hydraulic gradient, h f, for laminar and turbulent flows, respectively. 6

7 4. Plot a graph of hydraulic gradient (y axis) vs. velocity (x axis), i.e., h f vs. V. Draw the results for laminar flow and turbulent flow in the same graph. From the graph, determine the critical Reynolds number. 5. Find out the linear relationship between the flow hydraulic gradient and velocity for the laminar flow; fit a power law curve (i.e. y = x n ) through the data of the turbulent flow and find out the index n. 6. Calculate the coefficient of viscosity for the laminar flow by using the Eq. (4). 7. Calculate the Reynolds number of the testing flows. 8. Applying the measured value of hydraulic gradient h f,exp, calculate the Darcy friction factor for each testing flow rate by using the Eq. (). 9. Plot Darcy friction factor versus Reynolds number on a log graph, i.e., Log (f) (y axis) vs. Log (Re) (x axis) for laminar flow and turbulent flow on two separate graphs. Determine the constant referred to the Eq. (3) for laminar flow and the value of the power referred to Eq. (5). 10. Compare the experimental results with the theoretical equations and discuss the difference. 7

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