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1 Strength and Durability for Life HYDRAULICS Hydraulic Analysis of Last Revised: August 2016

2 Head Loss Friction head loss or drop in pressure in a pipeline is an everyday concern for the water works engineer. Head loss calculations are based on equations developed by hydraulic engineers who conducted numerous flow tests on in-service water mains. Several formulas were developed by Darcy, Chezy, Cutter, Manning, Hazen-Williams, and others. Of these, the formula developed by Hazen-Williams has proven to be the most popular. A convenient form of the Hazen-Williams equation is: V HL = 1, C(d) 0.63 H L = Head loss (ft./1,000 ft.) V = Velocity of flow (fps) C = Flow coefficient (C factor) d = Actual inside diameter (in.) C Factor For a pipe to have satisfactory flow characteristics, it initially must provide a high Hazen-Williams flow coefficient C factor and must be able to maintain a high flow coefficient through years of service. Numerous flow tests of both new and old cementmortar lined Gray and lines have been conducted to determine how well cementmortar linings meet these requirements. The average value of C for new pipe was found to be 144, while for the older systems, the average value of C was found to be. Therefore, a C factor of for Ductile Iron is a realistic, long-term value that has been demonstrated in actual operating systems. 1 Smooth Pipes For laminar, fully developed flow in a pipe, friction depends only on the Reynolds number (a function of velocity, inside pipe diameter and the kinematicviscosity of the fluid being transported). It is interesting to note that the roughness of the pipe wall is not considered. When laminar flow exists, the fluid seems to flow as several layers, one on another. Because of the viscosity of the fluid, a shear stress is created between the layers of the fluid. Energy is lost from the fluid by the action of overcoming the frictional force produced by the shear stress, not because of friction at the pipe wall. For turbulent flow of fluids in circular pipes, there is a layer of laminar flow called the laminar sublayer adjacent to the pipe wall. If this laminar sublayer is thicker than the roughness of the pipe wall, then flow is hydraulically smooth and the pipe has attained the ultimate in hydraulic efficiency. Laboratory tests have been conducted on cementmortar lined iron pipe at the extremes of the normally recommended operating flow velocities namely 2 fps and 10 fps. The test results reported Hazen-Williams coefficients ranging from When these laboratory tests were plotted on the Moody diagram, the plotted points generally conformed to the curve for smooth pipes. This demonstrates that other pipe materials might be touted to have higher flow coefficients, but in reality none of those materials is smoother than Ductile Iron Pipe. To suggest that a smoother pipe is available would require stepping outside the bounds of modern hydrodynamics. 1

3 designed in accordance with ANSI/ AWWA C150/A21.50 and specified with the standard cement-mortar lining will typically have a larger inside diameter than other pipe materials while offering essentially the same smoothness of surface for water or wastewater. As a result, for a given flow and nominal size of pipe, cement-mortar-lined, minimum pressure class, typically experiences less head loss than alternate material pipelines. In other words, less energy is consumed overcoming losses when pumping through than when pumping through any substitute pipe routinely specified. When this difference is taken into account, significant savings can result from the use of. Engineering Economy: Pumping Costs and Equivalent Pipelines One way to realize the savings available with Ductile Iron Pipe is to consider pumping costs. These costs are proportional to the quantity of water pumped as well as the head loss. Therefore, an annual pumping cost can be determined for each pipe material with the difference being the annual savings realized from using Ductile Iron over substitute piping materials. More importantly, the present worth of projected annual savings adjusted for inflation can be calculated for a pipeline s design life. The present worth of these annual savings is the amount that should be incorporated into comparisons of alternate bids on a pipeline. Another way to realize the savings available from s larger inside diameter is to consider equivalent head losses in the pipeline. For a substitute material pipeline to produce the lower head loss of a line, the substitute material pipeline can be designed using the nominal size pipe for only a portion of the pipeline. The remaining portion of the pipeline would be made up of the next largest size pipe. Conversely, a Ductile Iron Pipeline can be designed to produce the same head loss as a substitute material pipeline. The line, however, will be made up of pipe of the chosen nominal size for only part of the length of the pipeline with the remainder being the next smallest size pipe. Either of these equivalent pipeline approaches will result in equal annual pumping costs. However, the first method will result in an increased initial cost for the substitute pipeline material while the second method will reflect a savings in initial costs for the line. Such analyses allow the utility engineer to provide true value engineering, assuring that the needs of the utility are met while conserving energy or lowering bid costs through the use of Ductile Iron Pipe. What follows is a detailed discussion of those analyses. Inside Diameter Versus Flow Coefficient Looking again at the Hazen-Williams formula (Equation 1), it is clear that the larger the inside diameter of the pipe, the smaller the head loss for water pumped through the pipeline. This assumes alternatives have the same flow coefficient. But which has more impact: changes in the inside diameter or the flow coefficient? The best way to analyze the combined effect of changes in inside diameter and changes in flow coefficient is to use actual data from different pipe materials. First, we can tabulate actual inside diameters for the various pipe materials that might be part of the design of a project: Ductile Iron, PVC (both C900 and C905), steel, concrete cylinder (CCP) and polyethylene pipe (HDPE). Comparison of Actual Inside Diameters of 24 Pipe - Scale 1/8 = 1 saves you money. Because has a larger than nominal inside diameter, you save on pumping costs. Over the life of the pipeline, you actually pay much less for the piping system than initial costs would indicate. HDPE (DR 11) PVC (DR 18) CCP and STEEL DUCTILE IRON PIPE 2

4 Nominal Size (inches) TABLE 1 Comparison of Actual Inside Diameters (in.) of Piping Materials for Water Transmission and Distribution Systems DIP CCP STEEL PVC HDPE (1) From AWWA C150, Table 5, using the nominal wall thickness of the lowest available pressure class with Standard C104 cement-mortar lining. (2) From AWWA C301 - IDs are based on nominal sizes for pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe. (3) From manufacturers information - IDs are based on nominal sizes for routine manufacture of steel pipe. (4) Cast Iron equivalent outside diameters. Sizes 6-12 from AWWA C900, and sizes from AWWA C905, using average ODs and minimum wall thickness plus 1/2 wall tolerance. DR 18 for sizes 6-24, DR 21 for sizes 30-36, and DR 25 for sizes (5) From AWWA C906 using average Ductile Iron pipe equivalent outside diameters and average wall thickness. DR 11 for sizes 6-30, DR 13.5 for 36, DR 15.5 for 42, DR 17 for 48, and DR 21 for 54. Now, in Table Two, we can list the C factors as recommended* by the respective industries of the pipes being considered: TABLE 2 Flow Coefficients (C Factors) of Piping Materials for Water Transmission and Distribution Systems CCP PVC HDPE * *The C= value for has been demonstrated in actual operating systems. Finally, if we take an example of a 24-inch nominal diameter water transmission pipeline that is 10,000 feet long with water flowing at gpm, we can see the relative effects of C factors and actual inside diameters. The results are shown in Table Three. TABLE 3 Head Loss Comparison for Piping Materials - 24-inch Nominal Diameter Pipe Material (PC200) CCP PVC (DR 18) HDPE (DR 11) C Factor Flow Rate (gpm) Actual Velocity Inside of Flow Diameter (fps) (in.) Head Loss (ft.) The results of our analysis show that the inside diameter has more effect on head loss than the relative smoothness of the pipe s inside surface. In our example, substitute piping materials head losses range from 20.9% to 99.5% greater than that of. The bottom line is that the inside diameter of the pipe is the governing criterion in determining head losses in modern piping systems. The greater the inside diameter, for a given flow and nominal size, the lower the head loss. 3

5 Pumping Costs The cost to pump through a given pipeline can be shown to be a function of head loss, pump efficiency, and power cost, as shown in the following equation: a PC = 1.65 H L Q E PC = Pumping cost (\$/ yr. based on 24-hr./day pump operation/1,000 ft.) H L = Head loss (ft. / 1,000 ft.) Q = Flow (gpm) a = Unit cost of electricity (\$ / KWH) E = Total efficiency of pump system (% /100) Velocity is related to flow by the equation: Q V = 2.448d 2 Q = Flow (gpm) V = Velocity (fps) d = Actual inside diameter (in.) Energy Savings To calculate the present worth of the annual savings realized when pumping through, follow these simple steps: 1. Convert flow to gallons per minute: Q (gpm) = Q (mgd) x Q (gpm) = Q (cfs) x Q (gpm) = Vd 2 2. Calculate the velocity (V) of flow for each pipe material using actual inside diameters and Equation 3. Actual inside diameters for each pipe material under consideration may be found in Table One. 3. Calculate head losses (H L ) for each pipe material under consideration using Equation Calculate the pumping cost (PC) per 1,000 feet for each material using Equation 2. Use known or estimated values for a and E. 5. Multiply PC times the length of the pipeline divided by 1,000 feet. 6. Multiply the result of Step 5 by the fraction of each day the pump will operate Take the difference in pumping costs from Step 6 to obtain the annual savings (AS) realized with. 8. Calculate the present worth (PW) of the annual savings adjusted for inflation using the appropriate equation below: when r g: when r = g: PW = AS r - g i = 1 + g (1 + i) n 1 i(1 + i) n PW = AS(n) PW = Present worth of annual savings in pumping costs (\$) AS = Annual savings in pumping costs (\$) n = Design life of the pipeline (years) i = Effective annual investment rate, accounting for inflation, (%/100) r = Annual rate of return on the initial investment (%/100) g = Inflation (growth) rate of power costs (%/100) Example Problem Given 24-inch diameter pipeline 30,000 feet pipeline length 6,000 gpm design flow \$0.10/KWH unit power cost 70 percent pumping efficiency Pump to operate 24 hours per day 100-year design life 5 percent desired rate of return on initial investment 3 percent annual inflation rate for power costs

6 IPE Step No. DIP CCP/ PVC HDPE (DR 18) (DR 11) 1. Q (gpm) 6,000 6,000 6,000 6, V (fps) H L (ft./1,000 ft.) PC (\$/yr./1000 ft.) \$2,441 \$2,950 \$3,361 \$4, PC (\$/yr./pipeline) \$73,225 \$88,511 \$100,817 \$146, same as 5 7. AS (with DIP) \$15,286 \$27,592 \$72, PW \$672,178 \$1,213,307 \$3,208,741 Note: The above values were all first generated by computer and then rounded off; therefore, it may be necessary to use more precise numbers than those \$100,817 shown to obtain these values. \$88,511 Based on pumping \$73,225 costs alone, saves you money every year. The amounts shown here are based on only one pipeline. In the example above, annual savings Ductilewith Ductile CCP/ Iron Pipe PVC are Iron Pipe (DR 18) \$15,286 when compared (PC200) with CCP and steel; \$27,592 compared with PVC; and \$72,970 compared with HDPE. By installing Ductile Iron throughout your system you could realize huge savings in operation costs over the life of your piping system. Annual Pumping Costs for the Example Problem Above \$73,225 Ductile Iron Pipe (PC200) \$88,511 CCP/ \$100,817 PVC (DR 18) \$146,195 HDPE (DR 11) SAVINGS WITH In the example, the additional pumping costs for PVC pipe are \$27,592 annually. Over a 50-year life, this equates to a Present Worth value of \$877,749 the hidden cost for using PVC pipe. For a 30,000- foot pipeline, this means that you could justify discounting the cost to purchase a 24-inch Pressure Class 200 line by \$29.26 per foot when compared to a PVC substitute. Ductile Iron Pipe could be discounted by \$16.21 per foot when compared to a CCP or steel substitute, and by \$77.38 per foot compared to an HDPE substitute. Present Worth Of The Projected Annual Savings From Using 24-Inch, Pressure Class 200 Ductile Iron Pipe Over These Substitute Piping Materials \$146,195 HDPE (DR 11) The present worth of the annual savings is the amount that should be used in comparing alternate bids on a pipeline. \$672,178 PVC (DR 18) \$1,213,307 HDPE (DR 11) CCP/ \$3,208,741 HDPE (DR 11) \$3,208,741 PRESENT WORTH OF SAVINGS FROM USING DUCTILE IRON PIPE 5 The Annual Savings (AS) results represent the additional dollars being spent annually to pump water or wastewater through substitute pipe materials. Bringing these dollars back to the present worth (PW) shows the amount of money that must be invested today to pay for those additional pumping costs over the lifetime of the pipeline. The present worth amount should be discounted against the initial capital cost of the before comparing bids with substitute materials. CCP/ \$672,178 Based on the preceding example, these are the amounts you could justify spending for Ductile Iron Pipe initially over these substitute piping materials. PVC (DR 18) This means you could get a superior product for the \$1,213,307 same or even less money than you would spend for a substitute pipe material.

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