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GUIDELINES 
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DESIGN 
OF 
BRANCHING 
IN 
PENSTOCKS 
FOR 
HYDRO 
ELECTRIC PROJECTS 

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Doc. WRD 14 (496)C September 2009
BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS
Draft
Indian Standard
GUIDELINES FOR DESIGN OF BRANCHING IN PENSTOCKS FOR HYDRO ELECTRIC PROJECTS
ICS No. 27.140; 93.160
(Not to be reproduced without the permission of BIS or used as standard)

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FOREWORD (Formal clauses to be added later)
Different types of branching like bifurcation, trifurcation etc are used in penstocks carrying water from surge tanks or reservoirs to the power houses. This standards covers guidelines for design of branching in Penstocks for Hydro Electric Projects.
For the purpose of deciding whether a particular requirement of this standard is complied with, the final value, observed or calculated. Expressing the result of a test or analysis, shall be rounded off in accordance with IS 2:1960 ‘Rules for rounding off numerical values (revised)’. The number of significant places retained in the rounded off value should be the same as that of the specified value in this standard.
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1.
SCOPE
This standard covers guidelines for design of branching in Penstocks for Hydro Electric Projects. It covers Types of Branching, Requirement for Design, Types of Reinforcements, Analysis of Wyes, Analytical Design of Internal Sickle Plate Type Bifurcation and Design of Spherical Branch.
2. TERMINOLOGY
Definition for some of the key terms used in the Code are given below for ready reference:
2.1 Branch: A penstock is generally called a branch when the flow of water is to be divided into
two or more branches, or when two or more flows are to be gathered to a main pipe.
2.2 Wye Branch: It is a branch to diverge a main pipe to two branch pipes, attaching stiffening
girders on their intersection lines.
2.3 Symmetrical and Unsymmetrical Branch: In a symmetrical branch, as shown in the Fig.1,
angles a and b are equal. Otherwise, the branch is unsymmetrical (see Fig. 12).
2.4 Equibranch: When branches have similar diameter, the branch is known as equibranch.
2.5 Tie Rod: A tie rod is the structural member placed inside the pipe for support, at the
branching. The same is illustrated in Fig. 2.
2.6 Spherical Branch: It is a type to connect main pipe and branch pipes to a spherical shell
through reinforcing rings (see fig. 12).
2.7 Sickle Plate: It is a crescent shaped rib inside the branch pipe, to give strength at the joint.
The Sickle Plate, shaped as an internal horseshoe girder, is also called splitter plate. It is provided
at the intersection of the two branches for resistance against the forces being developed there.
2.8 Reinforcement: It is the support provided to counter the unbalanced forces acting on
unsupported areas at the branching junction.
3. 
TYPES OF BRANCHING 

3.1 
Geometrically, 
there 
are 
several 
types 
of 
branching 
possible, 
such 
as 
bifurcation, 
trifurcation etc. However, in practical applications, generally a bifurcation is employed.
3.2 The Wye Branching is the one in which the main pipe diverges into two branch pipes. In the
Wye branching, the following categories are available:
a) 
Wyes with sharp transition. 
b) 
Wyes with conical transition. 
c) 
Wyes with tie rods. 
d) 
Wyes with sickle. 
3.3 
In case of branching into 3 or more branches, the following types are available: 
a) 
a type in which the main is pipe directly trifurcated 
b) 
manifold type in which pipes are branched in the same direction in succession from a straight main pipe, and 
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c)
a type to combine bifurcation.
These are illustrated in the Fig.3.
3.4 Another type of branching used in Hydro Electric Projects is the Spherical branching in
which the main pipe is connected to the branch pipe through a spherical shell and having reinforcing rings. In India, so far the application of Spherical branching has been rather restricted.
4. REQUIREMENT FOR DESIGN OF BRANCHING
For the safe design of a branching, the following factors should be considered:
a) 
Hydraulics of Water Flow through the branch 
b) 
External Pressure 
c) 
Internal Pressure 
4.1 
Hydraulic Considerations for Flow of Water through the Branch 
4.1.1 While designing the branch, the following hydraulic considerations should be taken care of,
during pressure flow conditions:
a) Head loss due to branch should be small.
b) The total head loss in the penstock before and after the branching should be small.
c) Turbulent and secondary flows should not be allowed to be generated.
d) For equibranch, head loss in each pipe should be of similar value.
e) In case the flow rate in one branch pipe changes, a large vortex or a hydraulic pulsation should not take place in the flow of the other branch pipes.
4.1.2 Design Considerations
In order to achieve the above conditions, the following design considerations are recommended:
a) In case of equibranch, the angle of branching should be kept symmetrical about the main pipe axis, i.e., symmetry should be ensured in case of equibranch. In the context of Fig. 1, angle a and angle b should normally be equal.
b) The head loss coefficient due to branching varies to a large extent due to the distribution ratio of the flow. It has been observed that the head loss coefficient is minimal when the angle between the equidiverging branches is between 45 to 60 ^{0} , and it rises sharply with increase of angle beyond this limit. Therefore, in the context of Fig.1, the sum of angle a and angle b should normally be between 45 to 60 ^{0} .
c) Sharp changes in cross sectional area of a passage should be avoided as far as possible.
d) While deciding on the type of support for a branching, the fact that any hindrance to the flow leads to significant increase in head loss, should be taken in to view.
e) Right angle branches and cylindrical outlets or inlets should be avoided where hydraulic efficiency is important or cavitation cannot be allowed.
f) While selecting Tie Rod type of support at the branching, the fact that the head loss coefficient increases largely due to presence of a tie rod, should also be considered. Tie Rod is an obstruction to the flow in the penstock as shown in Fig. 1A.
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g) Similarly, the head loss coefficient largely increases due to presence of obstruction to the flow in the penstock, caused by sickle in Sickle type branching.
h) The velocity of flow in the branches should be selected so that the Reynold’s Number (Re) is greater than 10 ^{4} .
i) The use of conical connections with sidewall angles, Φ, equal to 68 degrees, reduces hydraulic losses to about one third of those resulting from use of cylindrical connections. Therefore, in practical applications, appropriate conical angles should be implemented.
4.1.3 Additional Hydraulic Considerations for Spherical Branch
Apart from the overall hydraulic considerations given above, for the spherical branch the following additional aspects should be considered suitably:
a) The ratio of sphere diameter to main pipe diameter should not be kept very high in order to limit the head loss coefficient. When the flow distribution ratio of a branch pipe becomes high, i.e., when the % of flow in one branch is much higher than the other branch, the head loss increases rapidly. However, from construction point of view, it is not desirable to employ a spherical branch having too small a diameter compared with the main pipe. Therefore, the ratio of sphere diameter to a pipe diameter of 1.3 to 1.6 should generally be used.
b) It is normally preferable to install a flow regulating plate inside. However, this method is insufficient when the ratio of sphere diameter to a main pipe diameter is larger than 1.6.
c) While designing the diameter of the spherical branching, it is to be kept in view that the head loss in spherical wye increases rapidly with increasing diameter of wye.
4.1.4 Loss Coefficient for Bifurcation
a) The head loss due to branch, ∆H, can be expressed in the following equation:
∆
H
= α
2
v 0
2 g
where
v _{0} = mean velocity of flow in the main pipe,
α = head loss coefficient.
Values of α are influenced by the branch angle, change in the sectional area, distribution ratio of the flow to each branch pipe, and the Reynold’s Number. An estimation of the head loss coefficient for different branch angles can be made from Fig. 4, while influence of Reynold’s number of main pipe over the head loss coefficient, in case of conical wye having equal distribution amongst the branches, is given at Fig. 5.
b) The head loss coefficient for conical wyes and manifolds, with various types of transitions, and with/ without tie rods is given in Fig. 6, wherein Open branch refers to branch where no gate is provided, while Closed branch refers to branching having gates for regulating flow through the branch. An estimate of the head loss in spherical wye with increasing diameter may be made from Fig. 7.
4.1.5 Loss Coefficient for a Trifurcation
A trifurcation is illustrated in Fig. 12. The loss coefficient for a trifurcation can be given as
α =
Q
2
2
θ
2
+
Q 3
2
Q
m
Q
m
Sin
Sinθ
3
+ Entry Loss Coefficients
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where
Q _{m} = Discharge through main pipe,
Q _{2} and Q _{3} = Discharges through the branches
θ _{2} and θ _{3} = Horizontal angle of take off (see Fig. 8)
However, the losses would be higher than that calculated by the above formula, in case when one or more branches are closed.
5. 
TYPES OF REINFORCEMENTS 
5.1 
To compensate for the openings for the branching made in the normal circular section, some 
reinforcement should be provided to take care of the unbalanced forces acting on unsupported areas resulted by these junctions. These reinforcements can be either inside the pipes (internal) or provided externally at the junction (external).
5.2 External Reinforcements
Based on the extent of unsupported area, internal water pressure, ratio of main and branch pipe areas, clearance restriction for fabrication etc., various types of external reinforcements are possible. Generally one or more exterior girders welded with tie rods or ring girder or a combination of these is provided. The various types of external reinforcement are:
a) one plate
b) two plate reinforcement, and
c) three plate reinforcement.
The placement of reinforcements in case of one plate, two plate and three plate reinforcements is shown in Fig. 9.
The exterior girder, also called as yoke, is of horseshoe shape which is welded to the periphery of the junction of the pipes and finally welded to a tie rod or a ring girder provided at the beginning of the bifurcation. The section of the girder may be T shaped attached to the penstock surface. Some portion of the penstock steel liner also is assumed to act monolithically as a flange of the yoke girder as in the case of stiffener rings (see Fig. 10).
5.3 Internal Reinforcements
Another type of reinforcement is to provide an internal horseshoe girder called splitter or sickle plate. It generally consists of crescent shaped rib inside the branch pipe and it is designed in such a way that rib is directly subjected to tension and has the same magnitude as the stress in shell section of pipes adjacent to it. Apart from being structurally strong, this type is more economical because of smaller external dimensions taking lesser space and enables large branch pipes to be fabricated, transported, stress relieved and erected as a single unit (see Fig.11).
5.4 Spherical Branch
It is a type to connect main pipe and branch pipes to a spherical shell through reinforcing rings. This type is normally treated as an axis symmetrical shell, and it is possible to decrease the local bending stress of a spherical shell connected to a reinforcing ring if its cross section is properly selected. Therefore, the plate thickness is comparatively less. The arrangement of a spherical branch, visàvis a wye branch is shown at Figure 12.
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5.5
Selection of type of Branch
On account of higher plate thickness in case of wye branch, normally it is preferred for low Design Head. For comparatively higher discharge values or heads, Spherical branch is normally preferred. However, no strict rules are available and the selection of type of branch is generally left to the discretion of the designer.
6. 
ANALYSIS OF WYES 
6.1 
As mentioned above, at the junction where the main pipe diverges into two branch pipes, the 
attaching stiffening girders on their intersection lines can be carried out internally or externally.
6.2 The forces on a bifurcation with external reinforcement, are shown in Fig.13. Some typical
examples of reinforcements for nonwye branching are illustrated in Fig. 14, while examples for
wye branching are given in Fig. 15.
6.3 The method of stress analysis used for branch outlets and wyes is approximate, with
simplifying assumptions. The reinforcement is proportioned to carry the entire unbalanced load as indicated by the loading diagrams in the figures above. The total load carried by the reinforcement is equal to the product of the internal pressure and the unsupported area projected to the plane of fitting. A portion of the pipe shell is considered to be acting monolithically with the girders as in the case of stiffener rings.
6.4 Allowable Stresses
For branching, it is prudent to use lower allowable stresses as compared to the penstock, on account of limitation of the designers to determine critical stresses in these complex structures with the same degree of accuracy as is possible for the penstock. Consequently, these allowable stresses are based on one half times the minimum specified yield stress or onefourth times the minimum specified tensile strength, whichever is less.
6.5 
Analysis of External Reinforcement 
6.5.1 
In case of simple curved reinforcing plate, it is assumed that the plate is acting as a plane ring 
and the loads in both directions are uniformly distributed and the plate is circular.
6.5.2 When the external girders are used in combination with tie rods or ring girders, the analysis
becomes statically indeterminate. For analysis, the deflection of the girder at the junctions of the tie rods or ring girder under the load in both directions are evolved and equated to the deflections of the tie rods or ring girders.
6.5.3 The loads considered for external reinforcement are shown in the Fig.13. As seen from the
figure, the yoke is considered as an elliptical cantilevered beam. It is assumed to be loaded by vertical forces varying linearly from zero at X=0 to P (r _{1} cosθ _{1} + r _{2} cosθ _{2} ) at X=L and by the forces V1 and V2 due to tie rod at 0 and C and by the moment M (see Fig. 15).
6.5.4 Analytical Design of External Reinforcement
The method of stress analysis used for branch outlets and wyes is approximate. Simplifying assumptions are made in the analysis that yield results of efficient accuracy for practical design purposes. The reinforcement is proportioned to carry the entire unbalanced loads. The total load carried by the reinforcement is equal to the product of the internal pressure and the unsupported
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area projected to the plane of the fitting. A portion of the pipe shell is considered to be acting monolithically with the girders, similar to the stiffener rings.
The external stiffener(s) (see Fig. 9) are analyzed as a Cclamp with a portion of the pipe shell considered as an equivalent flange. The width (W) of the equivalent flange may be obtained from the formula:
W = a +
1.56
where
a = thickness of girder
R = radius of the main pipe
t = shell thickness.
The distribution of the design load in the case of one plate external reinforcement is shown in Fig. 15 (b). The increase in the bending stress, if the radius of curvature at the crotch is small, can be evaluated using a correction factor in the bending formula for straight beams.
If the external girder is used in conjunction with the ring girder [see Fig. 15(c)], the same is statically indeterminate. To simplify analysis, the ring girders are assumed to be free at the common intersection point, and loaded with the triangularly distributed design load and the unknown shear load concentrated at the intersection point. The deflection of each girder is calculated with the direction of the unknown shear force assumed. The deflection of all intersecting members are equated and the shear forces calculated, and the direct and bending stresses at any point along the girders and ring may be determined. With the elongation known, the stress in the tie rod can also be determined.
The sample computation sheet, with Fig. 13 as reference, illustrates the steps taken in the analysis of a typical external reinforcement analytically. The same is given at Annex 2.
6.5.5 The typical design of one plate and two plate external reinforcement using Nomograph
As an alternative to the complex calculations involved in analytical method, a simplified graphical method can be used, which has simplified the process of design of external reinforcement. The steps involved in use of Nomograph for design of external reinforcement are illustrated below. While wye depth d _{w} and base depth d _{b} refer to two plate design, d _{w}_{’} and d _{b}_{’} refer to one plate
design:
Step – 1: Lay a straight edge across the nomograph through the appropriate points on the pipe diameter and internal pressure scales. Read off the depth of plate (d) from its scale. This reading is the crotch depth (see Fig. 1) for 2.54 cm thick plate for a two plate 90 degree wye branch pipe.
Step – 2a: Based on the deflection angle, use the N factor curve (Fig. 17) to get the factors that, when multiplied by the depth of the plate found in Step 1, will give the wye depth d _{w} and base depth d _{b} for the new wye branch.
Step – 2b: If the wye branch has unequal diameter pipe, the larger diameter pipe will have been used in steps 1 and 2a, and these results should be multiplied by the Q factors found on the single plate stiffener curves (Fig.18) to give wye depth d _{w}_{’} and base depth d _{b}_{’} . While Qw is to be multiplied with d _{w} to get d _{w}_{’} , Qb is to be multiplied with d _{b} to get d _{b}_{’} . These factors vary with the ratio of radius of small pipe to the radius of the large pipe.
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Step – 3: If the wye depth, d _{w} found so far is greater than 30 times the thickness of the plate (2.54 cm) then wye depth d _{w} and base depth d _{b} should be converted to conform to a greater thickness t, by use of the general equation:
d =
d ⎛ ⎜ t
1
⎝
1
t
⎞
⎟
⎠
0.917 −
∆
360
where
d _{1} = existing depth of plate
t _{1} = existing thickness of plate
d = new depth of plate
t = new thickness of plate selected
∆ = deflection angle of the wye branch.
Step –4: To find the top depth, d _{t} (for two plate design) or d _{t}_{’} (for one plate design), use Fig. 19. This dimension gives the top and bottom depths of plate at 90 deg from the crotch depths (see Fig.
20).
Step – 5: The interior curves follow the cut of the pipe, but the outside crotch radius in both crotches should equal d _{t} plus the radius of the pipe for two plate design, or, in the single plate design, d _{t} ’ plus the radius of the smaller pipe. Tangents connected between these curves complete the outer shape.
The important depths of the reinforcement plates, d _{w} , d _{b} and d _{t} (see Fig. 20) can be found from the nomograph. If a curved exterior is desired, a radius equal to the inside pipe radius plus d _{t} can be used, both for the outside curve of the wye section and for the side curve of the base section.
6.6 Three Plate Design
In the case of three plate external reinforcement, as shown in Fig. 9, the function of the third plate is to act like a clamp in holding down the deflection of the two main plates. In doing so, it accepts part of the stresses of the other plates and permits a more economical design. This decrease in the depths of the two main plates, is small enough to make it practical simply to add a third plate to a two plate design. The two factors that dictate the use of a third plate are diameter of pipe and internal pressure. When both of these are above the limits i.e., nominal diameter of 1500 mm and design pressure of 2 N/ mm ^{2} , a ring plate should be used advantageously. If either of these limits is exceeded, the designer may elect to use a third plate.
The size should be dictated by the top depth (d _{t} ). Since the other two plates are flush with the inside surface of the pipe, the shell plate thickness, plus clearance, should be subtracted from the top depth. This dimension should be constant throughout, and the plate should be placed at right angles to the axis of the pipe, giving it a half ring shape. Its thickness should be equal the smaller of the main plates.
7. 
DESIGN OF INTERNAL SICKLE PLATE TYPE BIFURCATION 
7.1 
The design of internal sickle plate is based on the principle that the stresses which occur in 
the line of intersection of two parts of pipes are transmitted to a strengthening collar which lies in the plane of intersection.
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7.2
The design of strengthening collar involves firstly, the determination of resultant of all forces
from the beginning of the collar to the point in question, determined according to size, direction and position for various points along the line of intersection. The crosssection of the strengthening collar which passes though this point and is at right angles to the resultant, is made symmetrical to this resultant and proportional to its size. This results for the strengthening collar in a body of constant strength, which is only subjected to normal stresses, i.e., with an absolute minimum of material requirements.
7.3 Considering the requirement of equal thickness for ease of fabrication purpose, the collar is
obtained in the shape of sickle, which lies symmetrical to the line of intersection at the crown right inside the branch piece and at its apexes.
7.4 For designing the strengthening collar, the size, position and direction of the resultant forces
which are transmitted at various points from the pipe walls at the line of intersection to the
strengthening collar, should be known.
7.5 Fig. 21 to Fig. 24 show half of the sickle shaped strengthening rib and also the resultant
forces. The coordinates of the intersection curve are obtained as follows:
7.5.1 The coordinates of the intersection curve (x and y coordinates) are obtained as below. The Notations are explained below and also in the Fig 21 to Fig 24:
R _{1} – Radius of the main pipe
β  Half angle of bifurcation
φ – Cone angle
α  angle varied from 0ºat vertical to 90º at horizontal, in steps of 2.5º
x = r
sin
α ; y = r cos α , where r is given by
β
sin
r =
R
1
1
+
tanφ sinα cotβ
Similarly, z is given by
R sin 1 
α cot 
β 

z = 
1 
+ tan 
φ 
sin 
α 
cot 
β 
Therefore 
dz = 
Therefore 
x = 
R
1
cos
α
β
cot
d
α
(1
+
φ
tan
1
sin
R sin
α
cot
α
β
)
2
sin
β
(1
+
φ
tan
sin
α
cot
β
)
and
y =
R cos
1
α
(1
+
φ
tan
sin
α
cot
β
)
Length of the Sickle Plate:
Projection of the intersection curve on the horizontal plane is obtained by putting α = π / 2 in value of x above.
x
π
/ 2
=
R
1
sin
β
(1
+
φ
tan
cot
β
)
which gives the length of the sickle plate.
7.5.2 The pipe walls transmit forces at the point of intersection from both sides on to the strengthening collar which lies in the plane of intersection AB (see Fig. 22  24). On account of their symmetry the resultant of these forces must always fall in the plane of the intersection. It is assumed that the wall of the pipe is so thin that they can be considered as membranes and therefore
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possesses no resistance against bending. Hence, they inflict only tractive and shearing forces on the strengthening structure in the case of internal pressure.
7.5.3 With an internal pressure p, the forces per unit length in a cylindrical membrane are:
in circumferential direction =
in axial direction
=
pr
cosφ
pr
2 cos φ
7.5.4 In an element of the line of intersection of length dl the following forces are inflicted on the
strengthening from one side:
(a) As a result of the circumferential stresses :
P 1
=
pr
cos
φ
dz
(see Fig. 24)
But since
dz =
R cos
1
α
β
cot
d
α
(1
+
φ
tan
sin
α
cot
β
)
2
P
1
=
R
1
2
cos
α
β
cot
d
α
cos
φ
(1
+
φ
tan
sin
α
cot
β
)
3
(b) As a result of axial stresses:
T 1
T
^{1}
=
=
pr 
r d α (see Fig. 22) 

2 cos 
φ 

^{p} R 1 2 d 
α 

2 cos 
φ (1 
+ φ tan 
sin 
α 
β cot 
) 
2 
7.5.5 The forces P _{l} and T _{l} acting from both sides on the elemental length dl can be resolved into
vertical and horizontal components in the plane of strengthening collar. The resolution of forces is shown in Fig. 23. The forces in vertical direction are given by
dV
=
[
2
p
R
1
2
cot
β
sin
α
cos
α
3
K cos
φ

p R
K
1
2
2
sin
θ
1
cos
φ
] d
α
The forces in the horizontal direction are given by:
dH
= [
2
p R
2
1 cot
β
cos
2
α
sin
β
K
3
cos
φ

p
R
1
2
cos
θ 1
cos(
β
+ τ
1
)
K
2 cos
φ
where K =1 + tanφ sin α cot β
θ 1 = tan
− 1
⎡
⎢
⎣
y
R
1
cot
φ
− x
⎤
⎥
⎦
;
τ
1
= tan
− 1
⎡ sin
⎢
⎣
α
cot
φ
⎤
⎥
⎦
Integration of this equation from 0 to α gives the forces:
Resulting vertical force is
V
=
∫
α
0
dV
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]
d
α
Resulting horizontal force is
H
=
α
∫
0
dH
7.5.6 For the resultant of all forces which
strengthening collar is finally obtained as below:
act
in
the elliptical
arc EF
(see Fig. 21)
on the
7.5.7 As seen from the geometry of the triangle RVH in Fig. 21, when the branches are cylindrical
(i.e., R _{1} = R _{2} ), _{θ} _{=} _{γ} and hence the resultant R will be perpendicular to the line OF (see Fig. 21). In
the case of conical branches, θ > γ and therefore R has components giving rise to a normal stress f _{n} and shear stress q _{t} on the plane passing through O.
The principal stresses, to be kept within permissible limits, are
t = 
1 
⎡ ⎢ ⎣ 
f n 
2 
+ 
4q 
t 
2 ⎤ 1 + ⎥ ⎦ 2 
f 
n 

2 

f 
n 
= 
1 
⎡ ⎢ ⎣ 
f 
n 
2 
+ 
4q t 2 ⎤ ⎥ ⎦ − 
1 

2 
2 
f
and
f n
To determine the position of the resultant R, moments of the forces with respect to O are calculated as below:
Moment of Vertical Forces
α x dV
0
M
V
=
∫
and M
H
α
= ∫
0
y dH
The integration of V, H, M _{V} and M _{H} can be done numerically using Simpson’s Rule or other such numerical techniques.
Total Moment = M _{V} + M _{H}
The distance of the resultant from O is given by
For α = π / 2,
l
π
/ 2
=
M
π
/
2
R
π
/
2
l =
M
R
.
7.5.8 Theoretical width of sickle plate at its crown, i.e., α = π / 2 , is given by the following
expression:
B
2
but
= ax  l
π / 2
ax
=
x
π
/ 2
=
R
1
sin
β
(1
+
φ
tan
cot
β
)
However for practical consideration, since additional width is required to be provided to project outside the intersection, the actual width is enhanced by a factor Ax where Ax ranges from 30 to
50mm.
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7.5.9 Width of the plate at any other section is then calculated in proportion to the value of R , i.e.,
b
=
B
R
R π / 2
The thickness of sickle should be such that the principal stresses are within acceptable limits. Theoretical estimate of the sickle thickness S may be taken as
S =
7.6 A procedure for design of internal sickle plate using analytical method given above, is enclosed at Annex 1 in a tabular form.
8. 
DESIGN OF SPHERICAL BRANCH 
8.1 
When a model consisting of a sphere and a cylinder having cave cover as Fig. 25 is 
considered:
σ
HC
=
pr
2
where
p = internal pressure
r = radius of the connecting main branch.
The horizontal component of a sphere’s membrane tensile force pr/2 is:
σ HS
=
pa
cos
θ =
pr
2
2
where
a = radius of the sphere and angle
θ = angle from vertical to the point where the cylindrical main branch meets the sphere
Thus, the horizontal direction force is kept balanced with σ _{H}_{C} = σ _{H}_{S}
8.2 On the other hand, a reinforcing ring is attached so as to resist the vertical component σ _{v} of a
sphere’s membrane tensile force as illustrated in Fig. 26. The tensile force T _{1} generated in a
reinforcing ring by the internal pressure acting on the reinforcing ring’s breadth b is
T _{1} = prb
where b = width of the reinforcing ring.
The tensile force T _{2} generated in a reinforcing ring by the vertical component of a sphere’s membrane is
T
2
=
1
2
pr
0
a cosα
,
where
r _{0} = radius of the C.G of the reinforcing ring
α = angle shown in Figure 26.
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8.3
Supposing only the membrane tensile force acting on a sphere, i.e. a sphere under membrane
stress condition, the cross sectional area S of reinforcing ring is:
S =
T
1
+
T
2
P
=
σ
r
0
σ
r
0
(br
+
0.5 r a cos
o
α
)
where σ _{r}_{0} _{=} Tensile stress of reinforcing ring.
The above formula includes the stress of a reinforcing ring σ _{r}_{0} but it is possible to determine the formula which does not include σ _{r}_{0} from a displacement boundary condition as follows:
The radial force V acting on a reinforcing ring is:
V = pb +
p
2
2
a cos
α
= p ( b +
a
cos
α
)
The displacement δ _{r} of a reinforcing ring in radial direction is :
δ
r
=
r
2
a
2
sin
2
α
p
⎛
⎜
⎝
Ε S
E S
2
V =
b
a
cos
⎞
⎟
⎠
α
where
E
S
= modulus of elasticity = cross area of the reinforcing ring.
The displacement δ _{S} , of a sphere in radial direction at connecting point with reinforcing ring is :
δ
s
=
2
pa
2 Eh
(1 − _{ν} )sinα
where h = sphere’s plate thickness.
δ _{r} = δ _{S} is to be essential in order that a sphere is under the membrane stress condition, which gives
S
=
2
⎛
⎜ b +
⎝
a
1 − ν
2
cos
⎞
α ⎟ h sin α
⎠
The sphere’s plate thickness h is
h =
pa
2σ
so
where σ _{s}_{o} _{=} sphere’s membrane tensile stress
While, a cylinder’s plate thickness t is to be determined only by the tangential stress σ _{p}_{o} with no consideration given to the reinforcing ring’s effect :
t
=
pr
2σ
po
If thickness of cylinder t’ is to be determined so that the radial displacement δ _{c} of cylinder may be
equal to the radial displacement δ _{r} of a reinforcing ring, it is not required to consider the effect of
a cylinder of a reinforcing ring and the sphere, and the sphere can be kept under a membrane stress.
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δ
c
=
2
pr
⎛
⎜
⎝
ν
Et
'
^{−} 1
1
⎞
⎟
⎠
δ =
r
δ
s
=
2
pa
2 EL
(1 ν )sinα
−
8.4 With δ _{c} = δ _{S}_{,} a sin α = r,ν = 0.3, and the corrosion allowance is expressed with ε,
cylinder’s plate thickness required is expressed with the following equation :
'
t
=
2.43
r
a
h+ ε
the
The range to increase t to t’ is determined from the following equation:
b
'
≥
where b’ is the new width of the reinforcing ring.
8.5 Practically, it is seldom to satisfy the above equations in computation of S, t’ and h, so
bending moment and a shearing force at each point should be calculated by a statically indeterminate calculation method etc., to attempt a strict solution.
8.6 When considering an actual use of steel penstocks, concave covers do not exist, and thus the
axial forces σ _{H}_{S} and σ _{H}_{C} in Fig. 25 do not act. As a practical solution in this case, there is a concept
to solve a structure model shown in Fig.27 with an assumption that a pipe is embedded in concrete and the pipe’s axial displacement is restrained and fixed at a certain distance point from a reinforcing ring. Internal pressures acting on the branch are explained above, but the external pressure should be examined.
9. DESIGN OF BRANCHES BY NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES
The Wye piece, designed based on the above mentioned criterion is an indeterminate structure. It is necessary that stress concentration occurring at the various intersection points should be ascertained and suitable strengthening measures should be carried out, if found necessary. For this either physical model studies / photo elastic studies or mathematical modeling deploying methods as Finite Element etc. with appropriate boundary and loading conditions should be deployed.
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ANNEX A (Clause 7.6 )
PRACTICAL PROCEDURE FOR DESIGN OF INTERNAL SICKLE PLATE
Data to be provided:
R1 – Radius of the main pipe Φ angle of cone β – half angle of intersection t – thickness of sickle plate (assumed – to be checked through stresses)
Table – 1
Table – 2 OUTER & INNER PROFILE OF THE SICKEL PLATE
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 

Alpha (deg) 
x 
^{o} 
y 
^{o} 
x 
y 
x 
^{i} 
y 
^{i} 
= x + h sinθ 
= y + h cosθ 
= x – b sinθ 
= y  b cosθ 

0 
(b to be determined subsequently) 

2.5 

5.0 

90 
Table – 3 CALCULATIONS OF VERTICAL FORCE
ALPHA = X 
dV/dX 
dV 
avg dV 
V 
K 

2cot 
β 
sin α 
cos 
α 
sin 
θ 1 
_{=}_{[} _{d}_{V}_{/}_{d}_{X} _{(}_{R} _{1} _{)} 2 _{]} _{x} _{[}_{2}_{(}_{α} susequent _{–} _{α} current _{)}_{]} 
_{=} _{0}_{.}_{5}_{(}_{d}_{V} prev. _{+}_{d}_{V} current _{)} 
= Σ avg dV 
=1 + tanφ sinα cot β 

3 K cos φ 
 2 K cos 
φ 

0 

2.5 

5.0 

90 
Table – 4 CALCULATIONS OF HORIZONTAL FORCE
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Table – 5 CALCULATION OF VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL MOMENT
B = 2 (x at alpha 90 * 1000 – M/R at alpha 90)
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TABLE – 6 CALCULATION OF THE VALUES OF PRINCIPAL TENSILE AND COMPRESSIVE STRESS
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 

Alpha 
Gamma 
Theta 
Theta  Gamma 
Normal Stress 
Shear Stress 

Tan ^{}^{1} (V/H) 
From Table 1 
Col.3  Col2 
Resultant (from col.11 of table 5 above) * cos (col.4) 
Resultant (from col.11 of table 5 above)* Sin (col.4) 

0 

2.5 

5.0 

7.5 

90 

7 
8 
9 
10 

Fn 
Qt 
Pt 
Fc 

(Col. 5)*100000/ (thickness in cm * b from table 5 * 1000) 
(Col. 6)*100000/ (thickness in cm * b from table 5 * 1000) 
(Col. 7) + sqrt(col.7 ^{2} + col.8 ^{2} ) 
(Col. 7)  sqrt(col.7 ^{2} + 4*col.8 ^{2} ) 

2 
2 
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ANNEX B (Clause 6.5.4 )
SAMPLE COMPUTATION SHEET FOR ANALYTICAL DESIGN OF EXTERNAL REINFORCEMENT (SEE FIG. 13 AND FIG. 13a)
NOTATIONS:
1. 
A R 
Cross sectional area of circular ring 

2. 
A U 
Cross sectional area of U beam of section considered 

3. 
E 
Modulus of elasticity of steel 

4. 
I 
R 
Moment of inertia of circular ring 
5. 
I 
U 
Moment of inertia of Ubeam at section considered 
6. 
I 
UC 
Moment of inertia of Ubeam at centre of element ∆s 
7. 
M U 
Bending Moment of U beam at section considered 

8. 
I 
UC 
Bending Moment of U beam at at centre of element ∆s due to reaction between circular ring and U beam, and unbalanced pressure 
9. 
R 
Radius of main pipe 

10. 
R 1 
Radius of branch pipes at point M 

11. 
R 2 
Radius of centroidal axis of circular rings 

12. 
R 3 
Radius of curvature of inside of U beam at point considered 

13. 
T 
Total vertical shear in Ubeam at section considered 

14. 
Y 
Reaction between inner circular ring and external Ubeam girder. 

15. 
b 
1 
Effective width of inner ring (equivalent flange) 
16. 
b 
2 
Effective width of Ubeam (equivalent flange) 
17. 
c 
Distance from centroidal axis to extreme inner fiber of U beam 

18. 
c’ 
Distance from centroidal axis to extreme outer fiber of U beam 

19. 
e 
Distance from centroidal axis of extreme inner fiber of inner ring 

20. 
e' 
Distance from centroidal axis of extreme outer fiber of inner ring 

21. 
k i, k o 
Ratio of actual stress in inner or outer fiber, respectively, to stress computed by flexure formula for straight beam 

22. 
m c 
Bending moment of Ubeam at center of element ∆s due to unit load at C. 

23. 
p 
Internal pressure 

24. 
q 
Constant for steel 

25. 
µ 
Poisson’s ratio for steel 

26. 
x 
Horizontal distance from centre line of circular ring 

27. 
α 
Angle of cross section of U beam with vertical 

28. 
δ 
c 
Deflection of U beam at point C 
Note: positive moments produce tension of inner fiber + sign of tension  sign of compression 
A. Calculation of Y
ANNEX C
(Fig. 13)
FORMULAE
1. Deflection δ _{c} of U beam at point C
a. Moments and Vertical Shear (for a and L see Fig. 13) :
M UC = Y x 
for x from C to K 
T = Y 

M _{U}_{C} = 
1 L 3 
pR 
1 
( 
x 
− 
a 
) 
2 
cosθ − Yx 
for x from K to M 
T = 
1 L 
pR 
1 
( 
x 
− 
a 
) 
2 
cosθ − 
Y 

M 
UC 
= pR 
1 
( 
x 
− 
a 
− 
2 ) cosθ − L 
Yx 
for x from M to N 
T = pR L cosθ − Y 1 

m _{c} = x 
For x from C to N 
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Case I ( See Fig. 13a(a)considering tie rod and inner circular ring)
A= b _{1} t + t _{1} h;
h _{1} = rR _{3} ; h _{2} = R _{6} – r
r =
k
i
A
b Log
1
e
R
4
R
5
R
3
e
R
4
+ t Log
1
=
h
1
⎛
⎜
⎝
I
u
AeR
3
c
⎞
⎟
⎠
;
k
o
=
h
2
⎛
⎜
⎝
I
u
AeR
5
'
c
⎞
⎟
⎠
Case II ( See Fig. 13a(b)considering tie rod, inner circular ring and external girder))
A= b _{1} t + t _{1} h + b _{2} t _{2} ;
h _{1} = rR _{3} ; h _{2} = R _{6} – r
r =
A
b Log
1
e
R
4
R
7
R
6
R
3
e
R
4
e
R
7
+
t Log
1
+ b Log
2
k
i
=
h
1
⎛ I
⎜
⎝
u
AeR
3
c
⎞
⎟
⎠
;
k
o
=
h
2
⎛ I
⎜
c
⎝
u
AeR
5
'
⎞
⎟
⎠
5. Determination of C’, R _{m}_{a}_{x} , R _{m}_{i}_{n} and R _{3} pertaining to elliptical intersection of Ubeam:
See Fig. 13a (c). F and F1 are the foci of the ellipse. R is the Radius of curvature at any point P.
r _{1} =
a +c’x; r _{2} = a c’x; r _{1} + r _{2} = 2a;
c' =
;
a
R
max
=
a
2
b
; R
min
=
22
23
24
26
30
32
34
35
38
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