Laminar Pipe Flow
For steady flow in a pipe (whether laminar or turbulent), a momentum balance on the fluid gives the shear stress at any distance from the pipe centerline.
In Equation (1), Φ = P + ρ gz. The volumetric flowrate Q can be related to the local shear rate by doing an integration by parts of Equation (2).
Newtonian fluid. For a Newtonian fluid, τ rx = µY rx, which gives the following volumetric flowrate, known as the Hagen-Poiseuille equation.
It can be written in dimensionless form in Equation (4) with the two terms defined in Equations (5) and (6).
Power law. A fluid that follows the power law model obeys the relationship τ rx = – µ(– Y rx) n. This gives the following equation.
Equation (7) can be rearranged into the following dimensionless form.
Bingham plastic. In this case, there is a solid-like “plug flow” region from the pipe centerline (where τ rx = 0) to the point where – τ rx = τ 0 (that is, at r = r 0 = R x τ 0/ τ w). The result is a flow integral modified from Equation (2). For a Bingham plastic, – τ rx = τ 0 + µ ∞ ( – Y rx). Using this expression and the modified flow integral, the Buckingham-Reiner Equation (10) is found.
The equivalent dimensionless form is given by Equations (11), (12) and (13).
Turbulent Pipe Flow
Since most turbulent flows cannot be analyzed from a purely theoretical perspective, data and generalized dimensionless correlations are used.
Newtonian fluid. The friction factor for a Newtonian fluid in turbulent flow is a function of both N Re and the pipe relative roughness, ε /D, which can be read off the Moody diagram [ 5]. The turbulent part of the Moody diagram (for N Re > 4,000) is accurately represented by the Colebrook equation (14).
When N Re is very large, the friction factor depends only on ε /D. This condition is noted with f T as the “fully turbulent” friction factor in Equation (15).
The Churchill Equation [ 2] represents the entire Moody diagram, from laminar, through transition flow, to fully turbulent flow. It is presented here as Equations (16), (17), and (18).
Power law. For a power-law fluid, the friction factor depends only upon Equation (9) and the flow index, as represented by Equations (19) – (25) [ 3].
The value of N Re where transition from laminar to turbulent flow occurs ( N Re,plc) is given by Equation (25).
Bingham plastic. For the Bingham plastic, f T is solely a function of N Re ∞ and N He, as represented by Equations (26) – (29).
Newtonian fluid. A fluid is known to be Newtonian when shear stresses associated with flow are directly proportional to the shear rate of the fluid
Power law fluid. A structural fluid has a structure that forms in the undeformed state, but then breaks down as shear rate increases. Such a fluid exhibits “power law” behavior at intermediate shear rates
Bingham plastic fluid. A plastic is a material that exhibits a yield stress, meaning that it behaves as a solid below the stress level and as a fluid above the stress level
a Dimensionless parameter
A Dimensionless parameter
B Dimensionless parameter
D Diameter, m
f Fanning friction factor, dimensionless
f L Laminar friction factor, dimensionless
f T Fully turbulent friction factor, dimensionless
f Tr Transition friction factor, dimensionless
g Gravitational acceleration, m/s 2
L Length of cylinder or pipe, m
m Consistency coefficient, (N)(s)/m 2
n Power law fluid flow index, dimensionless
N He Hedstrom number, dimensionless
N Re Reynolds Number, dimensionless
N Re,pl Power law Reynolds Number, dimensionless
N Re,plc Power law Reynolds Number at transition from laminar to turbulent flow, dimensionless
N Re∞ Bingham-plastic Reynolds Number, dimensionless
P Pressure, Pa
Q Volumetric flowrate, m 3 /s
r Radial position in a pipe or a cylinder, m
R Pipe or cylinder radius, m
V Velocity, m/s
z Vertical elevation above a horizontal reference plane, m
α Dimensionless parameter
Y rx Shear rate in tube flow, s – 1
ε Wall roughness, m
µ Newtonian viscosity, Pa – s
µ ∞ Bingham Plastic limiting viscosity, Pa – s
ρ Density, kg/m 3
τ 0 Yield stress, N/m 2
τ rx Stress due to force in x direction acting on r surface, N/m 2
τ w Stress exerted by fluid on tube wall, N/m 2
Φ Flow potential, P + ρ gz, Pa
âˆ†Φ Increase in flow potential, Pa
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