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# FACULTY OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA FLUID MECHANICS LABORATORY TITLE OF EXPERIMENT FRICTION LOSSES IN PIPE (E1)

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Objectives

## The objectives of this experiment are

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To measure head loss in pipes for different water flow rates, pipe diameters and pipe roughness. To estimate the values of loss coefficient for pipes of different flow conditions, diameters and roughness. To study the effect of the velocity of the fluid, the size (inside diameter) of the pipe, the roughness of the inside of the pipe on the values of loss coefficient. To study the effect of sudden change in pipe diameter and flow direction on the total energy or head losses in pipes

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Introduction

As an incompressible fluid flows through a pipe, a friction force along the pipe wall is created against the fluid. The frictional resistance generates a continuous loss of energy or total head in the fluid and hence decreases the pressure of the fluid as it moves through the pipe. There are four factors that determine friction losses in pipe i. ii.
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The velocity of the fluid. The size (inside diameter) of the pipe The roughness of the inside of the pipe The length of the pipe

In addition to energy or head loss due to friction, there are always head losses in pipes due to an enlargement or contraction of the flow section, bends, junctions, valves etc., which are commonly known as minor or small losses. When the direction of flow is altered or distorted, energy losses occur which are not recovered are dissipated in eddies and additional turbulence and finally lost in the form of heat. However, this energy must be supplied if the fluid is to be maintained in motion, in the same way, as energy must be provided to overcome friction. In practice, in long pipe lines of several kilometres the effect of minor losses may be negligible. For short pipeline the losses may be greater than those for friction.

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Theory

In Bernoulli's equation as shown below, hf represents the head loss due to friction between the fluid and the internal surface of the constant diameter pipe as well as the friction between the adjacent fluid layers
p1/g + V12/2g + Z1 = p2 / g + V22/2g + Z2 + hf (1)

This will result in a continuous change of energy from a valuable mechanical form (such as kinetic or potential energies) to a less valuable thermal form that is heat. This change of energy is usually referred to as friction head loss, which represents the amount of energy converted into heat per unit weight of fluid.

The head losses (hf) in pipe due to friction can be determined using Darcy-Weisback equation; Turbulent flowhf = 4 fLV2 2 gD Laminar flow Where: f L V g D = = = = = Friction factor Length Mean velocity (Q/A) Gravity Constant diameter hf = 32 fLQ2 2gD5 (3) (2)

The friction head loss for both laminar and turbulent flows can be expressed by similar formulas although the original derivation of each one is different:

hf = f

L V2 D 2g

(4)

In laminar flow, the friction factor is only a function of Reynolds number while for turbulent flow it is a function of Reynolds (Re) number and the relative roughness of the pipe.

Re =

VD

(5)

## where : density, V: average velocity, D: pipe inside diameter, : viscosity.

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Based on the nature of the flow, friction factor (f ) can be estimated using the following correlations Laminar flow f = 64 Re Turbulent Flow f = 0.316 x Re -0.25 (7) (6)

Equation (7) is Blausius Equation and only valid for smooth pipe and 3000 < Re< 105. The value of f for turbulent flow can be obtained experimentally from the Moody Chart. Moreover, for turbulent flow, the relationship between hf and V takes the form
hf = K. Vn (8)

where K is a loss coefficient and n ranges from 1.7 to 2.0 (depending on the value of Re and ks/D).This equation can be written as Log hf = Log K + n Log V in order to find K and n experimentally, using graph Experimentally, one can obtain the head loss by applying energy equation between any two points along a constant diameter pipe. This is done in Eq. 1 and by noticing that the pipe is horizontal and the diameter is constant. The pressure heads of a fluid between 2 points , h1 and h2, are measured by using Piezometer tubes. The total head loss can be determined experimentally by applying the Bernoullis equation as follows: (9)

hf = (P1- P2) /g = h1 - h2

(10)

Energy losses are proportional to the velocity head of the fluid as it flows around an elbow, through an enlargement or contraction of the flow section, or through a valve. Experimental values for energy losses are usually reported in terms of a resistance or loss coefficient K as follows: hL = K 2 V 2g (11)

where hL is the minor loss, K is the resistance or loss coefficient, and V is the average velocity of flow in the pipe in the vicinity where the minor loss occurs. The resistance or loss coefficient is dimensionless because it represents a constant of proportionality
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between the energy loss and the velocity head. The magnitude of the resistance coefficient depends on the geometry of the device that causes the loss and sometimes on the velocity of flow. Minor losses at sudden enlargement When 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.

where, V1 = velocity at small cross-section (upstream) V2 = velocity at large cross-section (downstream) The minor loss (hL) due to sudden enlargement of the pipe can be estimated by integrating the momentum, continuity and Bernoulli equations between positions 1 and 2 to give hL =

(V1 V2 ) 2
2g

(12)

Substituting again for the continuity equation to get an expression involving the two areas, (i.e. V2=V1(A1/A2) gives KV1 hL = 2g
2

(13)
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2 D A1 = 1 1 Where , K = 1 D2 A2

Minor losses at sudden contraction When a fluid flows from a larger pipe into a smaller pipe through a sudden contraction, the fluid streamlines will converge just downstream of the smaller pipe, known as vena contraction phenomena, creating a turbulence region from the sharp corner of the smaller pipe and extends past the vena contracta, which subsequently generates an energy loss.

In a sudden contraction, flow contracts from point 1 to point 1', forming a vena contraction. It is possible to assume that energy losses from 1 to 1' are negligible (no separation occurs in contracting flow) but that major losses occur between 1' and 2 as the flow expands again

If the vena contracta area is A1=Ac, then the minor loss (hL) can be estimated by integrating the momentum , continuity and Bernoulli equations between positions 1 and 2 to give

A V2 hL = 1 C 2 A2 2 g

(14)

The above equation is commonly expressed as a function of loss coefficient (K) and the average velocity (V2) in the smaller pipe downstream from the contraction as follows;
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hL = Where

KV2 2g

(15)
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A K = 1 C A2

As the difference in pipe diameters gets large (A1/A2 0) then this value of K will tend towards 0.5 which is equal to the value for entry loss from a reservoir into a pipe. The value of K depends upon the ratio of the pipe diameters (D2/D1) as given below; D2/D1 K 0 0.5 0.1 0.45 0.2 0.412 0.3 0.39 0.4 0.36 0.5 0.33 0.6 0.28 0.7 0.15 0.8 0.15 0.9 0.06 1.0 0

Minor Losses at elbow or bend pipe Losses in fittings such as elbow, valves etc have been found to be proportional to the velocity head of the fluid flowing. The energy loss is expressed in the general form, hL = where, K = loss coefficient (dependent on the ratio of total angle of bending to radius of bending (R/d) of the curves as the bending occurs) K 2 V 2g (16)

Experimental determination of total head loss In the experiment the pressure heads before and after a fluid undergoing sudden change in pipe diameter or flow direction, h1 and h2, are measured by using Piezometer tubes. The total head loss (major and minor losses) can be determined experimentally by applying the Bernoullis equation as follows: P1/g + Vl 2 / 2 g + Z1 = P2/g + V2 2 / 2 g + Z2 + hL hl + Vl 2 / 2 g + Z1 = h2 + V2 2 / 2 g + Z2 + hL (17) (18)

## and since Z1 = Z2 , then

V12 V22 hL = h1 h2 + 2g

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Apparatus

Linear Pipe 1 2

## Length (mm) 1030 1030 1030 1030

Note 1: Q (m3/s) = Q (1/min) x 1.667 x 10-5 Note 2 : Reynold Number for linear pipe assumed at room temperature Pipe 1A: Re = 29.2 x 103 x V Pipe 1B: Re = 27.5 x 103 x V Pipe 2A: Re = 16.4 x 103 x V Pipe 2B: Re = 15.5 x 103 x V

## Temperature (oC) 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 5.0 Experimental Procedure

(kg/m3) 999.8 1000.0 999.7 999.1 998.2 997.0 995.7 992.2 988.0 983.2 977.8 971.8 965.3 953.4

(x 10-3 N.s/m3) 1.781 1.518 1.307 1.139 1.002 0.890 0.798 0.653 0.547 0.466 0.404 0.354 0.315 0.282

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Open all outlet valves of pipes 1, 2 and 4 (valves are in parallel with the pipes). Make certain that the control valve in closed position (turn clockwise). Switch on the pump and slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until maximum, and wait for a while in order to remove any air bubble in the flowing pipe. Important Note: To identify which inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) during installation of water manometer rubber tube, determine the direction of water inflow and outflow through the pipe. A) Experiment with Pipe 2A: Rough Surface 1. 2. Connect rubber tube of water manometer at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) for rough surface of Pipe 2A. Reduce the flow rate (Q) by slowly closing the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum flow rate of 26 liter/minute is achieved. Then, rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time close the outlet valves of pipes 1 and 4 (turn clockwise) but let only the outlet valve of pipe 2 open . At this moment the flowing system is for pipe 2A of rough surface. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the water manometer rubber tube. Air bubbles will move to the peak of the higher tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Readjust the flow rate to 26 liter/minute, and determine 5 (five) flow rates Q from maximum value of 26 liter/minute to the lowest value (let the increment as large as possible). Record the values of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressures as Q is changed.

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Experiment with Pipe 2B: Smooth Surface 1. Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move manometer rubber tube from the outlet flowing pressure (H2) of the rough surface of pipe 2A to inlet flowing pressure (H1) of smooth surface of pipe 2B. The system is now flowing through pipe 2B (smooth surface). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches 26 liter/minute. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube.
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Determine 5 (five) flow rates (Q), similar to Pipe 2A (rough surface). Record the values of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressures as Q is changed.

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Experiment with Pipe 1A: Rough Surface 1. Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move both manometer rubber tubes of inlet (H1) and outlet (H2) flowing pressures of pipe 2B (smooth surface) to the section of pipe 1A (rough surface). Open the outlet valve of pipe 1 (turn counter-clockwise), and close the outlet valve of pipe 2 (turn clockwise). The system is now flowing through pipe 1A (rough surface). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches maximum value. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Readjust the flow rate to appropriate maximum value, and determine 5 (five) different flow rates Q from maximum value to the lowest value (let the increment as large as possible). Record the values of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressures as Q is changed.

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Experiment with Pipe 1B: Smooth Surface 1. Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move the manometer rubber tubes from outlet (H2) flowing pressures of pipe 1A (rough surface) to inlet (H1) flowing pressure of pipe 1B (smooth surface). The system is now flowing through pipe 1B (smooth surface). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches maximum value. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Determine 5 (five) different flow rates Q similar to pipe 1A (rough surface). Record the values of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressures as Q is changed.

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## Experiment with Pipe 4: Sudden Enlargement

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Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move both manometer rubber tubes of inlet (H1) and outlet (H2) flowing pressures of pipe 1B (smooth surface) to the section of pipe 4 (Sudden Enlargement). Open the outlet valve of pipe 4 (turn counter-clockwise), and close the outlet valve of pipe 1 (turn clockwise). The system is now flowing through pipe 4 (Sudden Enlargement). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches 30 liter/minute maximum value. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Readjust the flow rate to 30 liter/minute, and determine 5 (five) flow rates Q from maximum value of 30 liter/minute to the lowest value (let the increment as large as possible). Record the values of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressures as Q is changed.

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Experiment with Pipe 4: Sudden Contraction 1. Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move the manometer rubber tubes from the inlet flowing pressure (H1) of pipe 4 (sudden enlargement) to the outlet flowing pressure (H2) of pipe 4 (sudden contraction). The system is now flowing through pipe 4 (sudden contraction). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches maximum value 30 liter/minute. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Readjust the flow rate to appropriate maximum value 30 liter/minute, and determine 5 (five) different flow rates Q from maximum value 30 liter/minute to the lowest value (let the increment as large as possible). Record the values of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressures as Q is changed.

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## Experiment with Pipe 4: 90o Bend

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Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move the manometer rubber tube from the inlet flowing pressure (H1) of pipe 4 (sudden contraction) to the outlet flowing pressure (H2) of pipe 4 (90o bend). The system is now flowing through pipe 4 (90o bend). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches maximum value 30 liter/minute. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Readjust the flow rate to appropriate maximum value 30 liter/minute, and determine 5 (five) different flow rates Q from maximum value 30 liter/minute to the lowest value (let the increment as large as possible). Record the value of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressure as Q is changed.

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Experiment with Pipe 4: Elbow 1. Slowly close the control valve (turn clockwise) until maximum turn. Move the manometer rubber tube from the inlet flowing pressure (H1) of pipe 4 (90o bend) to the outlet flowing pressure (H2) of pipe 4 (elbow). The system is now flowing through pipe 4 (elbow). Rise both water manometer rubber tubes at inlet flowing pressure (H1) and outlet flowing pressure (H2) while at the same time slowly open the control valve (turn counter-clockwise) until flow rate Q reaches maximum value 30 liter/minute. During the process, if air bubbles present in the flowing pipe, the air will move through the higher end of water manometer rubber tube. Remove the air bubbles up to the manometer glass tube. Readjust the flow rate to appropriate maximum value 30 liter/minute, and determine 5 (five) different flow rates Q from maximum value 30 liter/minute to the lowest value (let the increment as large as possible). Record the value of H1 and H2 in millimeter (mm) of the inlet and the outlet of water manometer flowing pressure as Q is changed.

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Experimental data and analysis ftheo hf.theo (Eq. 4) hf.exp ( h=h1-h2) (m) fexp (Eq. 10)
f = 2 Dgh f ,exp LV 2

Pipe

Q (1/min)

Q x 10-4 (m3/s)

h1 (mm)

h2 (mm)

A (m x10-4)
2

V (m/s)

Re (x 103)

## (Eq 6 or Eq. 7 or Moody diagram)

4.91 4.91 2A 4.91 4.91 4.91 4.34 4.34 2B 4.34 4.34 4.34

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2

hf.theo (Eq. 4)

V (m/s)

Re (x103)

## (Eq 6 or Eq. 7 or Moody diagram)

4.91 4.91 1A 4.91 4.91 4.91 4.34 4.34 1B 4.34 4.34 4.34

Table for Data of Sudden Enlargement Pipe Q (1/min) Qx10-4 (m3/s) h1 (mm) h2 (mm) h (m) A1 (m2x10-4) A2 (m2x10-4) V1 (m/s) V2 (m/s) hL,theo (m) Eq. 2 hL,exp (m) Eq. 9 K hL,exp /(V12/2g)

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## 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26

Table for Data of Sudden Contraction Pipe Q (1/min) Qx10-4 (m3/s) h1 (mm) h2 (mm) h (m) A2 2 (m x10-4) 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 A2 2 (m x10-4) 1.39 1.39 1.39 1.39 1.39 V1 (m/s) V2 (m/s) hL,theo (m) Eq. 5 hL,exp (m) Eq. 9 K hL,exp /(V22/2g)

Table for Data of 90o Bend Pipe Q (1/min) Qx10-4 (m3/s) h1 (mm) h2 (mm) h (m) A 2 (m x10-4) V (m/s) hL,theo (m) Eq. 6 hL,exp (m) Eq. 9 K hL,exp /(V2/2g)

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## 1.27 1.27 1.27 1.27 1.27

Table for Data of Elbow Pipe Q (1/min) Qx10-4 (m3/s) h1 (mm) h2 (mm) h (m) A 2 (m x10-4) 1.27 1.27 1.27 1.27 1.27 V (m/s) hL,theo (m) Eq. 6 hL,exp (m) Eq. 9 K hL,exp /(V2/2g)

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Laboratory report

## 1. See handout (Laboratory Report Format) 2. Additional report requirement

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Plot a graph of ftheo and fexp versus Re on the same graph and comment on the results. Plot a graph between experimental hf and V on a log-log paper to obtain the values of K and n in eq. (9) for turbulent flow in a pipe. Use log-log paper and remember that n, the slope of the straight line, is given as n = (log hf 1 - log hf 2 ) / (log V1 - log V 2 ). The yintercept gives the value of log K.

Calculate the value of n. Theoretically, the head loss due to friction is proportional to the velocity of the flow (i.e. hf = kV2/2). Comment on the obtained value of n. b. Discuss the effect of fluid velocity, pipe roughness and pipe diameter on the value of loss coefficient (K) and hence friction loss in pipe.
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Plot (hL)th and (hL )exp versus Q on the same graph. Compare the difference between the experimental and theoretical results and discuss on the effect of fluid flowrate on energy loss. iv. Plot on the same graph paper graphs of (hL )exp versus V21/2g (sudden enlargement), V22/2g (sudden contraction), V2/2g (90o bend) and V2/2g (90o elbow) a. Estimate the value of loss coefficient (K) , i.e. slope of the graph, for each flow condition b. Compare the K values and briefly discuss the effect of pipe geometry on the value of loss coefficient and hence energy loss in pipe. c. Compare the average value of K with the theoretical value for the experiments involving sudden pipe enlargement and 90o bend.

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Briefly discuss factors contributing to errors or inaccuracy in experimental data and propose recommendation to improve the results

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