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2 Objectives 1. Have a deeper understanding of laminar and turbulent flow in pipes and the analysis of fully developed flow 2. Calculate the major and minor losses associated with pipe flow in piping networks and determine the pumping power requirements Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 2

3 Introduction Average velocity in a pipe Recall - because of the no-slip condition, the velocity at the walls of a pipe or duct flow is zero We are often interested only in V avg, which we usually call just V (drop the subscript for convenience) Keep in mind that the no-slip condition causes shear stress and friction along the pipe walls Friction force of wall on fluid Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 3

4 Introduction V avg V avg For pipes of constant diameter and incompressible flow V avg stays the same down the pipe, even if the velocity profile changes Why? Conservation of Mass same same same Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 4

5 Introduction For pipes with variable diameter, m is still the same due to conservation of mass, but V 1 V 2 D 1 D 2 V 1 m V 2 m 2 1 Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 5

6 Laminar and Turbulent Flows Clay Institute Millennium Prize Re = Inertial forces Viscous forces Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 6

7 Laminar and Turbulent Flows Definition of Reynolds number Critical Reynolds number (Re cr ) for flow in a round pipe Re < 2300 laminar 2300 Re 4000 transitional Re > 4000 turbulent Note that these values are approximate. For a given application, Re cr depends upon Pipe roughness Vibrations Upstream fluctuations and disturbances (valves, elbows, etc. that may perturb the flow) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 7

8 Osborne Reynolds ( ) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 8

9 Osborne Reynolds 1880 Experiments Re cr (??) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 9

10 Laminar and Turbulent Flows For non-round pipes, define the hydraulic diameter D h = 4A c /P A c = cross-section area P = wetted perimeter Example: open channel A c = 0.15 * 0.4 = 0.06m 2 P = = 0.7m Don t count free surface, since it does not contribute to friction along pipe walls! D h = 4A c /P = 4*0.06/0.7 = 0.343m What does it mean? This channel flow is equivalent to a round pipe of diameter 0.343m (approximately). Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 10

11 The Entrance Region Consider a round pipe of diameter D. The flow can be laminar or turbulent. In either case, the profile develops downstream over several diameters called the entry length L h. L h /D is a function of Re. L h u(r,x) = 0 u = u(r) x Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 11

12 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Comparison of laminar and turbulent flow There are some major differences between laminar and turbulent fully developed pipe flows Laminar Can solve exactly (Chapter 9) Flow is steady Velocity profile is parabolic Pipe roughness not important It turns out that V avg = ½ u max and u(r)= 2V avg (1 - r 2 /R 2 ) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 12

13 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Laminar = µ du/dr Ring-shaped differential volume element µ d du dp (r ) = = constant r dr dr dx u(r) =, P 1 P 2 = 32 µ L V avg /D 2 Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 13 = constant

14 Example Oil at 20 C (ρ = 888 kg/m 3 and µ = kg/m. s) flows steadily through a 5-cm-diameter 40-m-long pipe. The pressure at the pipe inlet and outlet are measured to be 745 and 97 kpa, respectively. 1) Determine the average velocity and the flow rate through the pipe; 2) Verify that the flow through the pipe is laminar; 3) Determine the value of the Darcy friction factor f ; 4) Determine the pumping power required to overcome the pressure drop. Definition: P L = f L ρ V avg 2 D 2 f : Darcy friction factor (this definition applies to both laminar and turbulent flows) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 14

15 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Turbulent Cannot solve exactly (too complex) Flow is unsteady (3D swirling eddies), but it is steady in the mean Mean velocity profile is fuller (shape more like a top-hat profile, with very sharp slope at the wall) Pipe roughness is very important Instantaneous profiles V avg 85% of u max (depends on Re a bit) No analytical solution, but there are some good semi-empirical expressions that approximate the velocity profile shape. See text Logarithmic law (Eq. 8-46) Power law (Eq. 8-49) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 15

16 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Wall-shear stress Recall, for simple shear flows u=u(y), we had τ = µ du/dy In fully developed pipe flow, it turns out that τ = -µ du/dr Laminar Turbulent slope slope τ w τ w = shear stress at the wall, acting on the fluid Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 16 τ w τ w,turb > τ w,lam

17 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Pressure drop There is a direct connection between the pressure drop in a pipe and the shear stress at the wall Consider a horizontal pipe, fully developed, and incompressible flow τ w Take CV inside the pipe wall P 1 V P 2 L 1 2 Let s apply conservation of mass, momentum, and energy to this CV Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 17

18 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Pressure drop Conservation of Mass Conservation of x-momentum Terms cancel since β 1 = β 2 and V 1 = V 2 Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 18

19 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Pressure drop Thus, x-momentum reduces to or Energy equation (in head form) cancel (horizontal pipe) Velocity terms cancel again because V 1 = V 2 h L = irreversible head loss; it is felt as a pressure drop in the pipe Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 19

20 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Head Loss From momentum CV analysis From energy CV analysis Equating the two gives To predict head loss, we need to be able to calculate τ w. How? Laminar flow: solve exactly Turbulent flow: rely on empirical data (experiments) In either case, we can benefit from dimensional analysis! Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 20

21 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Darcy Friction Factor τ w = func(ρ, V, D, µ, ε) Π-analysis gives ε = average roughness of the inside wall of the pipe Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 21

22 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Friction Factor Now go back to equation for h L and substitute f for τ w Our problem is now reduced to solving for Darcy friction factor f Recall Therefore Laminar flow: f = 64/Re (exact) Turbulent flow: Use charts or empirical equations (Moody Chart, a famous plot of f vs. Re and ε/d) But for laminar flow, roughness does not affect the flow unless it is huge Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 22

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24 Fully Developed Pipe Flow Friction Factor Moody chart was developed for circular pipes, but can be used for non-circular pipes using hydraulic diameter Colebrook equation is a curve-fit of the data which is convenient for computations Implicit equation for f which can be solved with an iterative numerical method Both Moody chart and Colebrook equation are accurate to ±15% due to roughness size, experimental error, curve fitting of data, etc. Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 24

25 Types of Fluid Flow Problems In design and analysis of piping systems, 3 problem types are encountered 1. Determine p (or h L ) given L, D, V (or flow rate) Can be solved directly using Moody chart and Colebrook equation 2. Determine V, given L, D, p 3. Determine D, given L, p, V (or flow rate) Types 2 and 3 are common engineering design problems, i.e., selection of pipe diameters to minimize construction and pumping costs. However, iterative approach required since both V and D are in the Reynolds number. Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 25

26 Types of Fluid Flow Problems Explicit relations have been developed which eliminate iterations. They are useful for quick, direct calculation, but introduce an additional 2% error Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 26

27 Example Heated air at 1 atm and 35 C is to be transported in a 150-m long circular plastic duct at a rate of 0.35 m 3 /s. If the head loss in the pipe is not to exceed 20 m, determine the maximum required pumping power, the minimum diameter of the duct, average velocity, the Reynolds number and the Darcy friction factor. ρ = kg/m 3, ν = m 2 /s Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 27

28 Minor Losses Piping systems include fittings, valves, bends, elbows, tees, inlets, exits, enlargements, and contractions. These components interrupt the smooth flow of fluid and cause additional losses because of flow separation and mixing We introduce a relation for the minor losses associated with these components K L is the loss coefficient. It is different for each component. It is assumed to be independent of Re. Typically provided by manufacturer or generic table (e.g., Table 8-4 in text). Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 28

29 Minor Losses The loss coefficient K L is determined by measuring the additional pressure loss the component causes, and dividing it by the dynamic pressure in the pipe The head loss at the inlet of a pipe is almost negligible for well rounded inlets Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 29

30 Minor Losses Total head loss in a system is comprised of major losses (in the pipe sections) and the minor losses (in the components) i pipe sections j components If the piping system has constant diameter Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 30

31 α = 2 for fully developed laminar flow α 1 for fully developed turbulent flow Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 31

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33 Head Loss at a Sharp-Edge Inlet Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 33

34 Example A 9-cm-diameter horizontal water pipe contracts gradually to a 6-cmdiameter pipe. The walls of the contraction section are angled 30 from the horizontal. The average velocity and pressure of water at the exit of the contraction section are 7 m/s and 150 kpa, respectively. Determine the head loss in the contraction section and the pressure in the largerdiameter pipe. 2 1 Turbulent fully developed flow at sections 1 and 2, ρ = 1000 kg/m 3, K L? Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 34

35 Piping Networks and Pump Selection Two general types of networks Pipes in series Volume flow rate is constant Head loss is the summation of parts Pipes in parallel Volume flow rate is the sum of the components Pressure loss across all branches is the same Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 35

36 Piping Networks and Pump Selection For parallel pipes, perform CV analysis between points A and B Since P is the same for all branches, head loss in all branches is the same Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 36

37 Piping Networks and Pump Selection Head loss relationship between branches allows the following ratios to be developed so that the relative flow rates in parallel pipes are established from the requirements that the head loss in each pipe is the same Real pipe systems result in a system of non-linear equations. Note: the analogy with electrical circuits should be obvious. Flow rate (V): current (I) Pressure gradient ( p): Head loss (h L ): electrical potential (V) resistance (R), however h L is very nonlinear Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 37

38 Piping Networks and Pump Selection When a piping system involves pumps and/or turbines, pump and turbine head must be included in the energy equation The useful head of the pump (h pump,u ) or the head extracted by the turbine (h turbine,e ), are functions of volume flow rate, i.e., they are not constants. Operating point of system is where the system is in balance, e.g., where pump head is equal to the head loss (plus elevation difference, velocity head difference, etc.) Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 38

39 Pump and systems curves Supply curve for h pump,u : determined experimentally by manufacturer. It is possible to build a functional relationship for h pump,u. System curve determined from analysis of fluid dynamics equations Operating point is the intersection of supply and demand curves If peak efficiency is far from operating point, pump is wrong for that application. Meccanica dei Fluidi I (ME) 39

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